PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A Panama City Beach resident is trying to figure out how a 300 lb. safe was taken from her home right under the family's nose.
The holidays are a time of joy spent with friends and family, usually counting your blessings, but for one local mother her Thanksgiving was far from joyful.
"I worked on Thanksgiving day and upon returning home on Thanksgiving day and proceeding to set the table I realized the safe was missing," said London Rodriguez.
It was safe holding gold coins and silver bars worth thousands of dollars, which Rodriguez says belonged to her father.
"I immediately went to him and he thought it was a joke so we immediately had to call the Sheriff's Department," said Rodriguez.
Multiple Bay County Sheriff's Deputies responded to her Bay Point home that night. The sheriff's office says they are working hard to investigate, but they have very little to go on as surveillance systems on the Rodriguez's home and surrounding homes were all not working.
Rodriguez says she has an idea of what type of person may have committed the crime.
"This was an inside job, somebody that knew us well," said Rodriguez.
She says no one else would have known what value the safe held and she even saw what appeared to be the wheel prints of a dolly in her back yard.
"Basically his whole life savings have been wheeled out of her house in a dolly because there would have been no way to lift the safe. It would have been over 300 pounds," said Rodriguez.
Now Rodriguez is pleading with neighbors and the community hoping someone might have seen or heard something that will help the Sheriff's Office with their investigation to get her father's safe back.
"It's just very heartbreaking to come home to Thanksgiving dinner and... second time I saw my father cry," said Rodriguez.
If you have any information on this case you're urged to call the Bay County Sheriff's Office. Their number is (850)747-4700 or as always you can remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS.
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