A La Jolla homeowner called police Tuesday reporting that someone broke into his Birdrock home and stole a number of items including some high end jewelry, a 1995 Porsche convertible and a Picasso lithograph potentially worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Officers say the homeowner called them to Belvedere Street around 2 p.m. Tuesday saying he noticed the items had been stolen from the home along with a Glock handgun.
A police source tells NBCSanDiego the home has a security system but it wasn't on at the time of the burglary.
Neighbor Diane Busch wasn't surprised by the news of the theft.
"They're getting braver and braver... desperate people do desperate things," she told NBCSanDiego.
Busch said she and another neighbor noticed their cars had been broken into a few days earlier.
"Everything, all my recycled bags had been moved," she said. "Everything in the car had been moved my CD's were out everything."
Over the past several months there have been a string of car and home burglaries in Birdrock, an exclusive neighborhood situated between La Jolla and Pacific Beach along San Diego's coastline.
Officers advise residents to be aware of their surroundings.
"Make sure you lock your doors when you leave, if you have an alarm set your alarm and know your neighbors, know who should be coming and going from your neighbor's home," said SDPD Sgt. Carl Pira.