Valley Center Family Terrorized in Home Invasion

The Valley Center family feels the robbery may have been connected to an odd event a day earlier

By Artie Ojeda
|  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 7:28 AM PDT
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Valley Center Family Robbed at Gunpoint

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The Sheffers talked with NBCSanDiego about the robbery early Monday.

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Valley Center Family Robbed at Gunpoint

Beverly Sheffer says she and her husband and 17-year old son woke up to two masked gunmen in their Valley Center home demanding money. Artie Ojeda reports.
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Beverly Sheffer called it the most terrifying thing she has ever witnessed.

She woke up Monday morning to find a man in black mask pointing a gun at her. She and her family were the victims of a home invasion robbery.

"I was on the couch and I was trying to figure out if these guys were killers or not," said Sheffer.

She was inside her home on Lilac Walk Road in Valley Center when two men wearing masks and dark clothing entered her home around 6 a.m.

The men were demanding money, according to Sheffer, who was home with her husband and 17-year old son.

The three were forced to sit on a couch with their hands visible.

"It's like a volcano inside that keeps burning and gets worse the longer it goes on. You're afraid something's gonna happen," said Barry Sheffer.

The Sheffers say they have no idea why they were targeted. The thieves made off with about $400 cash, jewelry, and Beverly Sheffer's pickup truck.

Beverly Sheffer also said the robbery could be connected to an unusual event that happened the night before.

She said she was at ATM in San Marcos when a professionally-dressed woman approached her asking for money. Sheffer thinks that person may have followed her home, though investigating deputies have not made a connection.

The two gunmen were able to gain entry into the home through an unlocked front door.

"Had the door been locked, who knows what would have happened," said Beverly Sheffer. "We've lived here 11 years and we got lazy and comfortable in our surroundings. We've never had a problem."

The stolen pickup truck is described as a 2002 primer black Toyota Tundra with Missouri license plates 6ML943. The Sheriff's Department says anyone seeing the vehicle should not approach it, but call 911. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

"Who knows what they were thinking. It's like wondering, are they gonna kill us or do they just want money and are gonna go," said Beverly Sheffer.

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