Family hopes clear photo of burglar leads to arrest

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- A family is looking for help catching the man who broke into their home last week, and they are hoping a clear photo catches someone’s attention.

The Gruenberg family had just started snapping photos on their family trip to Mexico when something spoiled their trip.

“We had come in from a day at the beach and were bombarded with texts from the security system,” Bruce Gruenberg said.

The security system kicked into gear shortly after a burglar kicked in their front door in the 2300 block of Briarhurst Drive, and it didn't just send a text. It took a photo.

“His eyes are pointed straight up the staircase,” Gruenberg said. “Where the master bedroom was.”

A security image captured a clear photo of the man just before he made his way up the stairs.

“Very, very disturbing, obviously,” Gruenberg said.

Disturbing, not just because of how he broke in, but when. The image was taken just after 3 p.m. on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

“Broad daylight, kids out in the neighborhood,” Gruenberg said. “There were even several garage sales.”

Less than 20 minutes from the initial break-in, another surveillance photo shows Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies arriving at the home, but the man had already left with several pieces of jewelry. Still, that's not what makes the family most upset.

“You feel violated,” Gruenberg said. “For the rest of my life, I'm going to be thinking about, when we go on vacation, are we going to get a call or a text saying that our house has been broken into?”

It's why, for now, the only vacation photo he cares about is the one he didn't take.

“If anyone has even a slight thought that they know the person please don't hesitate to reach out to the sheriff's (office) and let them investigate,” Gruenberg said.

The suspect is described as an Asian or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s and is 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11. Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7500.

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