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Robbery victims speak out

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Jessica Minear and Leanne and Edmund Balazi live in a home where they thought they were safe, until Saturday morning.

That's when 9-year-old Edmund walked downstairs to find out someone had entered their home while they slept and stole IDs, credit cards, about 5 thousand dollars worth of property and their sense of safety.

Minear sleeps on the couch next to the door now, something she feels she needs to do to protect her family.

"We moved here to be safe because we were like this is a good neighborhood," Minear said. "This is where we can raise Edmund. He can grow up with this kids, go to the same schools Leanne went to and graduated from, and now I"am nervous."

Someone came into the family's home early Saturday morning and took a lot -- a car, a television, video game system, movies and games, ID's and credit cards, even social security cards. But the family says they lost much more.

"When you're home you feel safe," Leanne said. "When your safety is taken from you and you don't feel secure anymore, its more than just the material things that you lost."

Whoever broke in got in through the unlocked front door. The family says they're locking the door now and installing a security system, but it's not enough.  Rather than ask for help, they want to remind others that no matter how safe your neighborhood is -- it isn't.

"When you think it won't happen to you, it can," Minear said. "Especially if you have small children in the house. We can replace the things that they lost and it's upsetting to them, but how do you replace your security to them? Saying you can't promise that someone is not going to come in their house tonight. I can't promise you that you're going to be safer tonight."

The vehicle stolen was a 2001 bronze Mazda Tribute with the license plate VUP 646, and the family is asking anyone who sees the car or anyone who may know anything about the crime to call police.

They also want to remind everyone to lock their doors tonight.

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