Surveillance footage of burglary suspect made public

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-09 21:36:29-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A West Valley City family is making home surveillance footage public in hopes it will lead to an arrest after their home was burglarized Monday night, and this is the second time the family has been victimized.

Martha Hernandez said when her family came home Monday night it was clear someone had been there.

“My room was just a total mess, everything was thrown around,” she said. “They were searching for something, probably just valuables because that’s mostly what they took.”

The Hernandez family had been through this before, years earlier they came home to an empty house.

“It was a horrible experience,” Hernandez said of the first incident. “That time they emptied out all of the house. We know it was a couple of people because everything was gone.”

After the first break-in, the Hernandez family installed surveillance cameras around the house, which came in handy Monday night when a second break-in occurred.

Surveillance footage shows the woman enter the home from an unlocked back door while the family was at the store Monday night. After filling several bags with the family’s personal belongings and cash, the woman leaves the way she came in.

“It’s very scary to know there are people out there who can just come in and do this to your home,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said no one in her family recognizes the woman on the tape, but they are hoping someone watching will.

“We just want to show our neighbors to be careful, to take extra precautions, to put her face out there because we know she’s still out there and today it’s us, tomorrow it could be our neighbor,” Hernandez said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.