Thieves Still on the Loose Otay Ranch House Burglary - NBC 7 San Diego

Thieves Still on the Loose Otay Ranch House Burglary

The crooks even went as far as dumping tequila in Deas’ prized fish tank, killing almost all the fish within a few hours

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    Otay Ranch Burglary Victim Says His Family Feels Unsafe

    A man whose home was burglarized by suspects still on the run from authorities told NBC 7's Ashley Matthews, he feels violated and victimized by the crime.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    An Otay Ranch family whose home was burglarized still feels unsafe days after the break-in, the father told NBC 7 Thursday. 

    Homeowner Eric Deas came home Tuesday to a very unwelcome surprise.

    "I see this big hole in my door. So right then and there, it dawned on me, something's not right," Deas said.

    Thieves broke into his home and left destruction in their path. The crooks even went as far as dumping tequila in Deas’ prized fish tank, killing almost all the fish within a few hours.

    "My 12-year-old, she was crying last night because she's like 'Mommy, Daddy, I don't want to stay here no more,'" he said, holding back tears.

    Surveillance video from a neighbor's house showed the suspects and the car used during the incident.

    That same car was spotted Wednesday night and led Chula Vista Police on a short pursuit before crashing.

    During a search of the car, police found a shotgun, passports, a live rabbit, and even Deas’ remote controlled helicopter.

    Deas told NBC 7 the suspects stole electronics, his family's passports, and social security cards. They also stole handwritten letters his late mother wrote to him--items that mean nothing to them, but the world to him.

    Those suspects have not been arrested yet.

    Four males were seen running from the car Wednesday night.

    Chula Vista police say there have been no arrests in the case.

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