$150,000 in jewelry, purses stolen from Encinitas home

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify and locate the thief or thieves who stole more than $150,000 worth of items from a home in Encinitas.

On August 4, between 2 and 5 p.m., someone broke into a home in the 600 block of Rancho Santa Fe Road by removing a screen from an open window, according to investigators from the North Coastal Sheriff's Station. The person stole jewelry, name brand handbags and sunglasses, and clothing, including Indian saris.

The jewelry belongs to an 80-year old woman who is also battling cancer.

“My mother couldn’t get out of bed for four days. She couldn’t speak without crying. She was absolutely devastated. At that point, we were worried about her health because she was going through cancer treatment," said the woman's daughter.

The daughter said the jewelry collection included dozens of unique pieces made of gold with diamonds and rubies her mother wanted to hand down to her children and grandchildren.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case. The family is offering an additional $4,000 reward.

"Somebody knows something about this. Let’s see if we can recover some of these things that are so meaningful to her," said the daughter.

Anyone with information about the crime should call the North Coastal Sheriff's Station at 760-966-3500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.