A single mother and her two children were robbed Thursday morning by four individuals who forced their way into a home and made off with about $2,000 worth of valuables.
Corpus Christi police said it was around 7:30 a.m. when four Hispanic males in their early 20s forced entry to a home in the 5800 block of Limerick. Only a 15-year-old male was home at the time.
"It's a violation when someone comes in here and does that to you. You don't feel safe anymore," said Deborah Trevino, the homeowner's sister. "By four thugs. Punks. While my nephew was here by himself."
Trevino said her nephew heard a knock on the door while he was in the kitchen but didn't answer it. That's when he heard a loud noise.
"You can see the boot mark here where they kicked it in, and you can see where it's all broken here as well," Trevino said, pointing to the damaged door.
"They had him lay down while they proceeded to take things from the house," CCPD Lt. Chris Hooper said.
"TVs, my nephew's XBox, videogames, clothing, shoes, purses," Trevino said. "I mean they went through the whole house."
Within minutes the thieves were gone. Trevino said although her nephew was a bit shaken, he was not hurt.
"They did threaten him. They said, 'Show me where the jewelry is. We don't want to have to come back. If not we will have to get the strap,'" Trevino said.
Police said they are still in the early phases of their investigation.
"We had our forensics team go out there and there's a chance we got some fingerprints from the offenders," Hooper said.
Trevino said she is trying to get a hold of some surveillance footage from a neighbor's house.