Thieves rob almost $400,000 in valuables from local family

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro family is out almost $400,000 after thieves ransacked their home. The family went out trick or treating on Halloween only to come home and find almost all their valuables gone.

"I noticed a door ajar, and I heard a beeping and I looked around and I knew the beeping was the fridge that was open," said the homeowner, who wants to remain anonymous.

"I saw the dogs had peed everywhere and I could tell they were really agitated," he said.

The theft was around 9 p.m. and was all caught on surveillance camera.

"I said, 'this isn't right,' grabbed the kids, pulled them outside and called 911," the homeowner added.

The family waited for police outside, but once they saw the ransacked bedroom, they realized people broke into the back door and went through the whole house.

"They took nine watches, the safe, a bunch of my wife's purses, and some computers and laptops and some clothing," said the homeowner, who has been collecting watches for 15 years.

"Through hard work and determination I bought one every couple years and it was a nice collection...well, it was," he lamented.

Now every single watch is gone, among many other items. According to the police report, everything that was stolen values almost $400,000.

"Nobody got hurt, that's the big deal," he said, "The watches and the jewelry, obviously they can be replaced....we have insurance, it's the sentimental, the accomplishment of buying these things, and gifts we've been given through the years. That's what I want back."

The family left their house around 6 p.m. and came home around 9:50, missing the thieves by about 30 minutes.

"Terror, violation, it's a sad day when you have to build a safe inside your house to store your items," he said, "We want our stuff, we worked hard for it."

The family is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone who brings the stolen items back. The family says they've upgraded their surveillance after this incident, and have been in close contact with police.

If you have any information regarding this burglary please contact Crime Stoppers by calling the TIPS Hotline at (816)-474-TIPS (8477).

The watches below in the gallery are models of those that were stolen.

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