'It's not just about the money anymore, it's so much more than that'

BEAVERTON, Ore. - A Beaverton family believes burglars targeted their culture while stealing a safe containing $100,000 in jewelry from their home.

Ramiya Sugumaran told KATU News the reason her family has so much jewelry is because it plays a major role in East Indian culture. They wear it during every important day of their lives.

"Some of them I got passed on from my grandma, who is no longer alive," said Sugumaran.

Now she only has one piece of jewelry left, which she was wearing the night thieves broke into her home through a glass sliding door and stole the safe out of her bedroom. No one was home during the theft.

"I don't have anything to pass to my grandkids now," she said. "The jewelry given to my kids, they took away that."

The family's citizenship papers, passports and college degrees were also inside the stolen safe. Now the family is worried others in their community may soon be targeted by burglars.

"It's not just about the money anymore, it's so much more than that," said Sugumaran.

Police are still searching for suspects. They said at least two people had to be involved to get away with the safe.

"I hope we recover everything," Sugumaran said. "Hope is the only thing that keeps us going."