Locked fence didn TMt stop thieves from taking ATVs

A Rio Hondo family wants their stolen ATVs and utility trailer returned.

They are offering a $3,500 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to finding those who took the ATVs.

The incident happened Friday afternoon on Ernie Estrada's home at Canelo Loop in Rio Hondo.

Ernie, who is a firefighter paramedic in Brownsville, was at work when the incident occurred.

At work he received a call from one of his friends asking where was he going with his four wheelers on his utility trailer in the middle of the day.

"I said dude the trailer is not supposed to be leaving the house," Ernie said. "I immediately called 911."

Ernie rushed to his home.

When he arrived, he noticed his and his sons TM ATVs along with the utility trailer gone.

All totaled at around $12,000.

The thieves broke the lock of the gated fence, went inside his property and broke the locks of the trailer.

Witnesses claim to have seen two males in a late model maroon and beige Chevrolet truck drive away from Ernie's home.

"I just want to find out who did it and they came into my property," Ernie said. "It TMs something that you get brought up respecting other people TMs properties, it TMs something that angers you and it shouldn't happen."

No one was home at the time of the theft including Ernie's two children.

However, Ernie tells Action 4 that knowing someone did break in has left the little ones in fear.

"Last night they didn't sleep in their bedrooms, they kind of refer to them as they bad guys," Ernie said. "They say that we work a lot and we have taught them that hard work pays and unfortunately all of a sudden it TMs gone."

Right now, Ernie plans on adding surveillance cameras outside his house.

His neighbors and nearby family members will also be adding a neighborhood watch system to avoid this from happening again.

Cameron County Sheriff TMs Department is investigating this case.

If you know the whereabouts of these two ATVs and utility trailer contact the Sheriff TMs department at (956)554-6700.