Belen family's stolen priceless belongings recovered

Posted at: 11/10/2012 10:09 PM
Updated at: 11/10/2012 10:23 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A burglary devastated a family this week in Belen. The burglars took electronics and jewelry, but more importantly, they took all the adoption documentation of Denise and Chris Jaramillo's two adopted children from China and Ukraine.

The only thing the family cared to retrieve was the adoption documents belonging to their children.

"We just felt that this was important for them. This is who they are. This is who we are. And we didn't want that taken from them," Denise Jaramillo said.

But thanks to the Jaramillo's neighbor, deputies had a strong sense of who they were looking for.

The neighbor intervened at the Jaramillo's home when it was burglarized on Wednesday afternoon.

The burglars shot at the neighbor, not hurting him but hitting his car. But the neighbor gave crucial information to deputies about their descriptions, which helped catch one suspect on Friday.

When deputies arrested Jeremy Hicks, they obtained several items that belonged to the Jaramillo's, including the safe with the adoption documents.

Deputies are still looking for Joshua Adams, who is another suspect wanted in the burglary.

"But because of his (the neighbor) bravery, I think it exposed a lot for this case. And it helped us with locating our materials," Jaramillo said.

The family picked up the documents, passports, photos and videos from the safe Saturday morning from the sheriff’s office. The Jaramillo's never had gone through all the items with their children before Saturday morning.

"To see it together, for the first time as a family, was pretty exciting this morning, and pretty moving. I think they (children) both hugged each passport, each birth certificate and they kissed them," Jaramillo said.

Their daughter, adopted from China, talked about the emotions of finding her paperwork.

"When they were gone, I was very sad," she said. "And I thought that - I would never see them again, but I was very happy when my mom and dad found them."