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Family Hopes Burglary Serves as Lesson for Others

Posted at: 02/05/2013 10:27 PM
Updated at: 02/05/2013 10:45 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- A scary situation for a Rochester family as their home was burglarized in the middle of the night as they slept inside.
     
"I feel sad, my X-Box, my games," cries Edmund Balazi.

"It's hard, it's hard for him," says his Jessica Minear.
    
Hard, because when Edmund Balazi and his parents Leanne and Jessica went to bed on Friday night, they didn't expect to wake up to find that someone had been in their home.
     
"I realized my jacket is empty, my car keys,my wallet, my cigarettes, my everything that I had in there, even my headphones for the gym," says Minear.
     
The thieves also got away with credit cards, social security cards, electronics, even a half case of beer.

"These people didn't just come in our house, they actually took time in our home," says Minear, "they had to unplug a lot of things to get the 55 inch TV and the movies, and games."

The burglars even stole their truck parked out front.  

"Now we have to figure out how to get everywhere and it just makes it that much more frustrating," she says.

Rochester police say one of the doors was unlocked and that may have been how the burglars got in.  "People that go through that type of incident feel very violated," says Lt. Casey Moilanen with the Rochester Police Department.

"It's been kind of sleepless nights around here," says Leanne Balazi.

"They don't know what else was taken so they are fearful they might return, so it's a very traumatic event," says Moilanen.

"Hearing the littlest noise and thinking what if," says Minear of her recent fears, "the safety is gone, the security we had in our home is gone."
     
Although Jessica and Leanne says they will eventually replace the things they lost, they will never forget the lesson learned.

"I want people to be aware, I should have locked my door, I should have."

They tell ABC 6 they plan on getting a security system installed.  Meantime,  the truck stolen is a 2001 Mazda Tribute, gold and gray in color with license plate number V-U-P-6-4-6.
     
If you have any information you are urged to contact Rochester Police.