Couple Return From Honeymoon To Find Home Ransacked - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Couple Return From Honeymoon To Find Home Ransacked

Posted: Updated:

Tacoma, Wash. - As Sarah and Anthony Kleist enjoyed their honeymoon in Mexico, they got a call to come home. Their house had been broken into and ransacked by burglars. The Kleists rushed back to their residence in south Tacoma on April 22 to find a 600-pound safe they had purchased just before the trip was one of the items missing. "We thought nobody would be able to get it out of the house, but sure enough, they came and took it," said Sarah Kleist.

The Kleists bought the huge safe just before their honeymoon trip to Cancun, replacing a smaller floor safe that held the couple's valuables and personal documents. Sarah Kleist said she left items in the safe rather than risk taking them with her to a foreign country. "Wedding ring, my engagement ring, a couple of other pieces of jewelry, everything," said Kleist. The safe also head the couple's Social Security cards, birth certificates and other important documents. The burglars apparently took it out a back door of the home to a waiting truck. Police discovered the thieves even turned surveillance cameras trained on the couple's backyard away from the area they were working as they took items out of the home. Computers, other pieces of jewelry and even clothing were also stolen.

While Tacoma police have yet to identify suspects in the case, the Kleists said neighbors have been able to provide detectives with information about an SUV seen in the neighborhood prior to the break in.  It is described as a Chevrolet Suburban built between 1988 and 1996 with the words Gran Prix on the front doors and a stripe to the back of the vehicle. The letters and the stripe are described as two tone bluish silver. Neighbors told the Kleists the SUV was spotted near their home, and that the driver drove away when one of them walked outside their home to see why the Suburban was parked near the residence.  "They said the driver may have a dark mustache, early 20s, that's all we really have", said Kleist. Tacoma police are asking anyone with information on the Suburban to contact them.

The Kleists told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that the burglars may not have figured out how to get inside the stolen safe. Bank records show several credit cards left locked inside have not been used more than a week after the burglary.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
  • Oregon woman missing since Thursday

    Oregon woman missing since Thursday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:57:54 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The small town of Dundee, OR is searching for a mother and wife who has been missing since Thursday. Family and friends are searching for 38 year old Jennifer Huston who was last scene at a gas station located in the southern area of Portland. Since then she has not contacted her family and police say there has been no credit card activity.>>
    KHQ.COM - The small town of Dundee, OR is searching for a mother and wife who has been missing since Thursday. Family and friends are searching for 38 year old Jennifer Huston who was last scene at a gas station located in the southern area of Portland. Since then she has not contacted her family and police say there has been no credit card activity.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Lady Star has been found thanks to your help & the power of social media!

    Lady Star has been found thanks to your help & the power of social media!

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:09:11 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A good ending to a story only brought about because of you and the power of social media. You may remember the story of the beautiful German Shepherd, Lady Star who went missing after a car crash on June 24th. She was the dog of Asha Bartholomew and her husband, a former WWII vet who passed away a year ago.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A good ending to a story only brought about because of you and the power of social media. You may remember the story of the beautiful German Shepherd, Lady Star who went missing after a car crash on June 24th. She was the dog of Asha Bartholomew and her husband, a former WWII vet who passed away a year ago.
    >>
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KHQ special, 'Behind the Fire Lines'

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KHQ special, 'Behind the Fire Lines'

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:07 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:07:44 GMT
    KHQ.COM - For over a week, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines, all that and more inside "Beyond the Fire Lines." If you missed it you can check out the videos inside this article.>>
    KHQ.COM - For over a week, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines, all that and more inside "Beyond the Fire Lines." If you missed it you can check out the videos inside this article.>>
  • Crews make progress in Carlton Complex fire

    Crews make progress in Carlton Complex fire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:57:54 GMT
    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say firefighting crews are making progress against Washington's largest wildfire, saying the 390-square-mile fire in the north-central part of the state is now almost 60 percent contained.The progress at the Carlton complex fire comes as temperatures begin to rise, with the possibility of triple digit temperatures next week. >>
    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say firefighting crews are making progress against Washington's largest wildfire, saying the 390-square-mile fire in the north-central part of the state is now almost 60 percent contained.The progress at the Carlton complex fire comes as temperatures begin to rise, with the possibility of triple digit temperatures next week. >>