A Kelowna family is still reeling after having their home ransacked in a brazen break and enter in broad daylight.
“You feel violated,” Nichole Huntley said.
The robbery happened on Aug. 28 just before 1 p.m.
No one was at the McTavish Road home in the city’s North Glenmore neighbourhood when a suspect broke in and ransacked the home.
“Drawers were opened, boxes were dumped everywhere, piggybanks were dumped and emptied, jewelry was all over the place,” Huntley said.
About $15,000 in property was stolen including electronics but what’s most upsetting to the family is the theft of USB sticks and memory cards holding special photos.
“My wedding photos. My husband and I just got married last year,” Huntley said. “The birth of my children, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, things like that.”
While no arrests have been made, there is hope the suspect will be apprehended.
The home has a sophisticated security system that includes window sensors.
“We put sensors on every window on our main floor,” Huntley said. “We chose sensors so if any windows open, our phones get notifications.”
Another feature is a camera at the front door. That day, the camera recorded footage of a man approaching the door and ringing the doorbell.
Moments later, a window at the side of the house was pried open and the home ransacked.
“Every sensor started going off; back windows, back doors, garage doors,” Huntley said. “Everything was opening and closing so we knew that was not right.”
Huntley’s husband called police immediately but by the time they arrived, the man was gone.
RCMP are investigating and said that wasn’t the only break and enter that day in North Glenmore.
“There was one attempted break and enter in that neighborhood as well as two other break and enters,” Cpl. Tania Carroll said.
Police believe the man in the video may be responsible for them all.
“I’m confident that we will be able to identify the person,” Cpl. Carroll said. “The video is a goldmine. The video answers a lot of questions, so it’s incredibly helpful that we have that.”
Huntley is hoping a possible arrest may also lead to the return of her precious photos.
“They mean nothing to him and everything to me,” Huntley said.