Wednesday Morning Update, 10:05 a.m.: Turlock Police Lt. Ron Reid said a safe was reported found this morning near the 200 block of West Main Avenue. However, the safe did not belong to the Givargiznia family, whose home was broken into last week (see story below). Earlier this morning, it was believed the safe, which was found broken into and with no contents, had belonged to the family. The safe stolen from their home last week had videos of Dylan's birth, a lock of hair and other family treasures.
TURLOCK -- Members of a family here have been dealt about all the bad cards they can take.
In March, 10-year-old Dylan Givargiznia had to resume treatments for leukemia that was diagnosed when he was 6 years old.
Chemotherapy and an experimental treatment performed at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center failed to beat back the disease to make Dylan eligible for a bone marrow transplant.
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Friday afternoon, his father returned home from San Francisco to find their home had been burglarized, the family said. Taken were Dylan's favorite computer games, two plasma television sets, jewelry and a 150-pound safe containing videos of Dylan's birth, a lock of his hair and other family treasures.
"We missed them by 15 minutes," said Arnet Givargiznia, the boy's father. The home entertainment items can be replaced in time, but he has only a few remaining pictures of Dyl-an.
The father said the burglars got into the back yard through a side gate and gained entry to the house through a sliding glass door. He lives in the home with his wife, Leandra, Dylan and another son, Austynn.
Arnet Givargiznia said a neighbor told the family she saw a white cargo van, or perhaps a pickup with a camper shell, in front of the home shortly before 4 p.m. Friday but assumed someone was doing repairs at the home.
In addition to the plasma TVs, the stolen items included an Xbox 360 game console and a Nintendo Wii, the father said.
Because of his illness, Dylan spends a lot of time indoors playing video games. He has been unable to ride his bicycle or a skateboard because of the dangers of cutting or bruising himself.
"I was kind of upset," Dylan said of the break-in. "I just hope we can get everything back."
Arnet Givargiznia hopes at least to regain possession of the baby videos and other family mementos stored in the safe. He is inviting anyone who has the safe to send him an e-mail and make arrangements to return the items with no questions asked.
Dylan is scheduled for more chemotherapy in a couple of weeks. If the disease goes into remission, he will be eligible for a bone marrow transplant.
Turlock Police Sgt. Nino Amirfar said a family member reported the burglary about 6 p.m. Friday.