JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Angela Connor had been looking forward to August 29 for awhile. After all, it is her birthday. But, when she came through the door of her home on Pirates Cove Road that evening, Connor got the kind of birthday surprise nightmares are made of.
"When I got to the bedroom, there were clothes all over the floor, things were missing. It was just chaos," Connor recalled.
Her entire jewelry box was gone. Her fiance's only memento from his grandfather, an antique pocket watch, was stolen right from their bedroom.
When police asked the couple, they said the value on the missing items was too great to put a price tag on.
"I don't know whether it's $10 or $1,000. It's priceless," said Connor's fiance, John Phillips.
A police report was filed and Phillips took to Facebook to voice his frustration. He wrote, "Ortega friends -- our house was burglarized today."
After reading the post, one of their neighbors reached out not long after with a similar story. On the same day, just hours apart, the neighbor said he had several guns stolen from inside his home.
A community camera in the Ortega area caught surveillance footage of what Phillips calls a "suspicious" SUV.
"It shows a van pulling up and two gentlemen getting out of the van," said Phillips.
He believes they could be the same men who ransacked his home, a home he now calls "Fort Phillips."
Since the incident, a new alarm system was installed along with an 8-foot fence. But even that, doesn't fix their fear nor replace their precious belongings.
"To know that anyone can come in and put your life, or your property, in jeopardy out of selfishness is a pretty pathetic thought," said Phillips.
Anyone with information about these Ortega burglaries is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.