House on Kings Drive-In theater property burglarized, Hanford woman loses everything

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A Hanford woman is trying to make sense of destruction, after she said her house was ransacked by burglars.

According to Wendy Tetrault-Riley all her belongings were stolen or destroyed. She found the damage Tuesday.

Tetrault-Riley was depressed after losing her job so she was staying with family. “I was just really sad so I stayed with my daughter for a couple of nights,” she said. 

She went back to her house to grab some things. “I knew something was wrong when I pulled up to the gate. The gate was swinging wide open, and I knew,” she said. 

Tetrault-Riley said her front door was still locked, so she was hopeful. Unfortunately she found her back door was pried open, and at least one person went through everything. She believes the criminal(s) spent hours inside her house.

Everything valuable, including electronics, jewelry and personal records were taken. 

“It’s all just gone. It’s all just coming to me slowly how much is gone,” Bethany Tetrault her daughter said. 

Bethany said anything not stolen was broken or sprayed with what the family believes is oven cleaner. 

“It’s just so violating,” Bethany said.

The house sits on the property of the old Kings Drive-In theater. The property has been hit by vandals in the past and has been closed for several years.  

“This was not open last time. Oh they broke in here too. They really had fun,” Emma Graff whose family owns the drive-in said. 

The owners are long time family friends.They went out to support Tetrault-Riley and found they too were targeted. 

“They got in here too, broke every single window,” Graff said. 

Tetrault-Riley said she has been through worse and will be OK. “I’d rather believe there are more good people in the world than bad people. I have to believe that,” she said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Grace Thomas with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office (559) 584-1431.

You can help Wendy Tetrault-Riley through a GoFundMe

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