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Same thieves target local woman twice

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 22:22:49-04

A valley woman got her car back 4 days after it was stolen, and police say the thieves who took it were responsible for returning it! 

Both suspects involved have been arrested, but it wasn’t without a struggle.

You can still see the suspects’ blood in the victim’s garage, stains leftover from their battle with a K-9 officer early Thursday morning.

The story end in a ransacked garage, but the nightmare began Monday evening when thieves broke into Nadjiji Struble's home on the valley's southwest side. 

"They stole our wallets,” she told 13 Action News. All of our money. Our debit. Everything is gone."

They also stole her car and the remote that opens the garage. Struble thought the thieves got what they wanted and wouldn't return.

"I didn't think about that," she said.

At about 3 a.m. Thursday morning, they came back to attack again, entering through the garage.

Struble heard it open from her bedroom. She says she went into the garage and saw that the door was halfway up, but she didn't see or hear anyone inside.

"I kind of looked around in there and didn't see anything.”

Even still, she shut the door and called police.

"I had kind of locked them into the garage,” she says.

Struble says police arrived and a showdown began as soon as they tried to get in the garage through the side door.

The suspects were on the inside holding it shut. A battle of strength ensues, police pushing from the outside and the suspects pushing it from the inside.

Police finally got into the garage and with the help of a K-9 officer and captured two suspects, a man and a woman.

Coincidentally, the suspects came to the home using the car they stole from Struble Monday night. 

Police say her big mistake was forgetting to reprogram her garage door remote.

Thurday, police unplugged the garage door all together.

They say that's the first step you need to take after someone steals a remote. The second step is getting the system reprogrammed and all remotes replaced.