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Thieves break into Tigard home; steal Jeep, keys as family sleeps

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Thieves broke into a Tigard home early Wednesday morning stealing a car, keys, a purse and a garage door opener.

It was about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 14000 block of Southwest Woodhue Street.

Everyone was sleeping.

But hours later they made a disturbing discovery.

“As everybody else got up my wife realized that her purse was missing,” James Ross said.

The timing of the break-in at the Ross home in Tigard couldn’t have been worse as James Ross, who had a knee replacement surgery the day before, was in the hospital recovering.

Ross described how this made him feel to not be there with his family.

“Violated. Completely violated. And the worst part is I wasn't home,” he said. “As the man of the house not being there, I still feel very much like something was missing. You know I should've been there. I grew up without much, my wife didn't grow up rich we worked very hard for everything we have and so for somebody to think that they need to come and take something that I've worked hard for is really upsetting.”

While Ross wasn’t home his soon-to-be son-in-law Aaron Andrus was and he walked FOX 12 through the surveillance footage the family had of the break-in from their home surveillance cameras.

“And then they take off with the Jeep and this guy tries get away with the truck but he's not able to,” Andrus said showing FOX 12 the footage.

Andrus is worried the thieves will come back to the house.

“I'm on watch out every night. I'm just looking out her window, seeing when they're going to try and come back for the truck cause' you know they're going to try and come back considering they have the key,” Andrus said.

The family believes the thieves got in through side doors because one of them was open to the garage.

Since then they’ve replaced all of the locks in the house and are on high alert.

“If they come in the house again I'll get up and chase em' down,” Ross said.

The black Jeep Cherokee Laredo has a permanent veterans plate with no expiration.

The plate number is D34127 and the back window has a University of Utah sticker.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this case.

If you know anything regarding this break-in call the sheriff’s office.

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