On Monday night, there was a home break-in that involved a young girl at home alone on the 1500 block of Mimosa Drive. Almost a week ago, a similar incident happened not far from the home but this time, property was stolen. Both incidents occurred around the same time and several blocks apart from each other.
The owner of the house on the 3300 block of Melinda Lane says the property was invaded by unknown suspects while her father was inside.
"I woke up and heard pounding on the door and thought it was my daughter," Ruben Cisneros recalls.
He was taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon and heard a crash following the pounds. Cisneros is recovering from a back injury and was unable to move quickly but noticed several items were gone as soon as he stepped into the living room.
"They took our flat screen, gaming console, and DVD player," says Cisneros. "It's a total disrespect to people and their belongings."
Cisneros says he didn't see the people responsible for the crime but saw the vehicle drive off. He feels he might have gotten hurt if he were to encounter the culprits face-to-face.
"I was really mad," Cisneros said. "Whoever is doing this has no fear."
Cisneros' daughter Genesis purchased the home in October and has her father, children and fiancé living inside. She's now fearful knowing there are people who would commit a crime in broad daylight in a neighborhood with a school around the corner.
"I'm always listening to every little noise and looking outside the windows," Genesis says. "Being a mother, it's my job to protect the children."
Genesis says she was with her daughter at a grocery store when the incident occurred. She said it's not the items stolen that bothers her, but the invasion of privacy.
"When you have a house, it's suppose to be your sense of security but now that's been invaded," Genesis said.
The incident was reported to APD before 5 p.m. According to the police report, there was not enough evidence and information to arrest anyone. So far, both incidents aren't related.
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