Burglars Take Senior Asian Couple’s Life Savings from Their Home in Broad Daylight

Savings of about 40 years vanished in less than 15 minutes.


A senior Asian American couple in California lost their life savings in a daytime burglary this week.

The crime, which was caught on cameras, took place in Crocker-Amazon, a diverse neighborhood on the edge of San Francisco next to Daly City.

Image via Simon Zhong

Surveillance videos show two men forcing their way into the home with a crowbar while the seniors were out on Tuesday morning.

It reportedly took less than 15 minutes for the burglars to steal the couple’s entire life savings.

One of the suspects captured on a surveillance camera. Image via Simon Zhong

The couple immigrated to the U.S. from China nearly four decades ago. Since then, they have worked in construction and housekeeping.

“My parents actually grew up really poor in China,” their son, Simon Zhong, told ABC 7. “They actually borrowed money to come over to America and they worked every single day of their life.”

Another suspect caught on surveillance. Image via Simon Zhong

Skeptical of the banking system, Zhong’s parents kept their cash savings in a safe. A velveteen jewelry box containing their wedding set was also emptied.

“They took everything from it [the safe]. That was just heartbreaking when I listen to my dad telling the story,” Zhong added.


A senior law enforcement official reportedly confirmed that Asian American families have become usual targets of burglary. Zhong learned that another home had been broken into prior to his parents’.

Police managed to find a suspect vehicle in Oakland, where other burglaries have been reported. They recovered several items such as old photos, receipts from the wedding jewelry set and Zhong’s calculator from high school.

Old family photos recovered from the vehicle. Image via Simon Zhong

Unfortunately, the suspects, who are African American, remain at large. “I hate that these guys perpetuate the stereotype of who we think are criminals,” Zhong said.

He set up a GoFundMe page to replace the stolen items (including passports, birth certificates and naturalization documents), cover repairs and help his parents restart their retirement funds — this time in a bank.

“Even after all this my dad said, ‘At least they didn’t take the money we earned today,'” Zhong recalled. “That’s right, even after all this, my dad was able to see the bright side. And yes, he’s retired but he still works for clients who have become close family friends.”

Feature Images via Simon Zhong

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com