PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The damage was already done by the time Ray Valdez drove home from Miami where he worked. The rear door with the alarm sensor was untouched, but the French door without one, wasmashed in.
"It's a feeling of being violated and they violated our space," said Valdez.
Sometime after the glass was shattered, and before the drawers were rummaged through, the burglars used pepper spray on his Yorkies Rufus and Molly.
"My wife wants to sell the house. We won't give in to them," said Valdez.
Valdez's home just one of 11 hit by burglars during the day Monday in Port St. Lucie. What's unclear is if these most recent crimes fit a pattern.
The crooks who hit Valdez came in the back and put their stolen loot in pillowcases.
"Some of these burglaries, they're hitting the front of the house and breaking glass in the front," said Port St. Lucie Master Sgt. Frank Sabol.
It's not as if the homeowners weren't trying to protect themselves. Of the 11 burglaries, five set off home alarms.
Ernie Pimentel came home to discover crooks cut a hole in his patio screen and jimmied open a back slider.
"They take the diamond from my wife. They take a lot of stuff," said Pimentel.
Valdez says he lost things of sentimental value, like his Marine Corps ring he bought before going to Vietnam.
"I'm glad I wasn't here and caught them here because I'd probably be going to jail."
Police again reminding homeowners to be vigilant and don't hesitate to call.
Two suspicious vehicles were noted. A silver newer model Acura and a black or dark colored 4-door Honda Accord.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
One person will win a three-year lease on a 2013 Honda Civic Lx Sedan automatic.
Click to see the latest mugshots, plus this week's wanted fugitives.
This feature packed upgrade brings you faster performance, easier navigation, and stunning improvements to photos, video and readability.