FOUNTAIN, Colo. - A Fountain family is devastated after burglars ransacked their home last week, stealing irreplaceable items, including the ashes of the homeowner's late father.
"My husband's father passed away and he had a cross locket that had a little bit of his ashes in it," Stephanie Fisher told KRDO-TV. "That means so much and he doesn't have very much of his dad to remember."
Fisher said she left her home around 9:20 a.m. on Jan. 29 and returned about 2 p.m.
"The first thing I noticed when we got home was my dog was outside and I had left her in the garage," Fisher said.
The balcony door to her bedroom upstairs was also wide open and has previously been shut, Fisher said.
"It was surreal. It was like a denial thing, too, because this has never happened to me. I’ve lived in Colorado Springs since 1988," Fisher told KRDO.
Her living room, kitchen and master bedroom had been ransacked.
"Our upstairs was completely trashed. Our gun safe was broken into and three weapons were stolen," said Fisher.
The crooks also stole jewelry, cameras and a laptop.
"So many years worth of pictures," she said. "I care more about the pictures than anything else. You can have my rings, diamond bracelet, but give me back my pictures and my husband's father's ashes."
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary. Fisher said deputies were able to get a tire mark and shoeprint from her home.
A neighbor told Fisher two men came to the door the morning of the burglary asking for a man named Jim who was selling a truck.
Deputies say thieves often come up with a ruse to knock on a front door to see if anyone's home.