A Dearborn Heights man is offering a reward to catch the two thieves who broke into his home as his family slept, robbing them not only of three handguns and money, but their peace of mind.
Mike Rizka says he, his wife, and their four children were sleeping upstairs as two thieves spent 40 minutes ransacking his home. Money, birth certificates, and social security cards were stolen. But that's not all - Rizka owns gas stations in Detroit and keeps guns for protection.
"One of the drawers ... he found a handgun and then an AK-47 inside of the closet," he said.
There were a total of three guns stolen from the home.
"I thank God that my family and I are all safe and everything else can be replaced but I don't want this to happen to anyone else," Mike said.
This crime was such a personal violation that the homeowner decided to take it beyond his four walls. He went through the neighborhood, talking to neighbors about installing security cameras on chimneys and light poles that everyone in the area can have access to. Mike told them if they see something suspicious they should call police and everyone seems to be on board.
Mike spoke with police investigating but when he learned his stolen cards were being used, he went to the source.
"I personally went to all the gas stations that they used and took some pictures of them while they were using my cards," he said.
Now he's offering $2,000 of his own money to help catch the people who stole from him.
"You took a hardworking family and pretty much made them live in fear," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Dearborn Heights Police.