PLANTATION (CBSMiami) – A Plantation woman spent her Tuesday morning posting fliers in area pawn shops with pictures of jewelry stolen from her home on New Years Eve.
Amy Derose said she was out seeing a friend when she got a call from the company which monitors the alarms in her home near Broward Boulevard and east Tropical Way. They said the alarms had been set off and the police had been notified.
Derose said surveillance cameras captured three people first approach the front of her home and knock on the door. When no one answered, they made a bee line to the backyard area and tried to get in through a pair of French doors. One the surveillance video, one of the subjects can be seen kicking at the door. Then they threw a large landscaping pot at them repeatedly, but the impact resistant glass held, The trio the left the patio to find another way in.
Walking through an unlocked gate, they then followed a pathway on the side of the house where a sliding glass door led to a bathroom. Prying the doors off their tracks, Derose said the thieves got inside and triggered the motion sensors which set off the alarms.
Derose said they went right to the walk-in closet in the Master bedroom and raided the chest of drawers. One of the items stolen has a special meaning for Derose. It was a watch her father had given to her for her son many years ago.
“It’s a very distinct watch. It has a heavy gold band with Inca Indians on it,” said Derose
Other sentimental items taken were Derose’s grandmother’s wedding ring, her great grandmother’s ring and her own wedding ring.
“It was all for my daughter, every bit of it. That’s the hard part you know,” Derose told CBS4’s Natalia Zea, in tears. “She was here for the holidays, we had the jewelry out. Normally I have it hidden, it’s what you pass on to your children.”
The thieves also stole DeRose’s peace of mind.
“I’m afraid to be home, I don’t want to be here. I don’t know if they’re coming back.”
The burglary took only minutes, but the thieves got away with an estimated $50,000 in jewelry.
With their stash in hand, surveillance cameras captured the trio running outside to a waiting SUV driven by a fourth accomplice.
Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).