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Safe stolen in Southern California with purple heart inside

Posted at 11:49 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 02:49:49-05

A family member's Purple Heart was recently stolen during a burglary in Southern California.

The thieves took two safes from the house, one that included the Purple Heart.

"The most important thing -- my father's World War II Purple Heart was in it too. So there are some items that I cannot replace," the homeowner told ABC 7 in Los Angeles.

The homeowner told ABC 7 that the family has been devastated and that they have never been burglarized in their almost two decades in the residence.

The Gardena Police Department said in a Facebook post last week that the burglary happened in October during daytime hours.