Here’s an example of a recent home burglary in Costa Mesa. It’s not clear whether the resident was home at the time (which makes it a robbery vs. a burglary) but since the door was unlocked, they probably were home. What’s scary about this kind of crime is that it could have ended in someone being seriously injured or killed since the men were armed and clearly were willing to do whatever it took to get the loot, in this case, gold jewelry. I’m sorry to say this but I’m certain that with the rise in the value of gold these days, more and more people are going to experience this crime against them unless they are properly prepared. If you have valuables in your home, especially gold and silver, do NOT tell others about it. Word spreads and before you know it, someone is breaking into your home with a very specific objective and they won’t leave until they get it. Be smart!

COSTA MESA — Police are searching for two men suspected of stealing upwards of $5,000 in gold jewelry after entering an unlocked home Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The two men robbed the resident of a home near Placentia Avenue and Wilson Street about 2 p.m., Costa Mesa police Lt. Rob Sharpnack said.

Police initially believed that the resident arrived home mid-robbery, but later clarified that the two men entered the residence while the occupant was home.

The men were armed with a knife, but police don’t know whether they brought the weapon with them or found it at the home.

No injuries were reported, but the men escaped with more than $5,000 worth of gold jewelry, Sharpnack said.

Authorities described the two robbers as male Hispanics, 25 to 30 years old, one of whom was wearing a black shirt and ripped pants. They were seen leaving the area in a white utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Expedition.

Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call detective Sgt. Ed Everett at 714-754-5395.

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For some good reminders on how to burglar-proof your home and how NOT to experience your own home burglary in Costa Mesa, read my article