TWENTYNINE PALMS (CBSLA.com) â€" The owners of a modest home near Twentynine Palms lost their cherished possessions after a bank mistakenly foreclosed their residence.
A crew broke into Alvin and Pat Tjosaasâ€™ desert home and took everything after being directed by Wells Fargo to secure the structure.
The couple, however, didnâ€™t have a mortgage on the home.
Alvin said the deputy sheriff said, â€śGood news, we know who took (your possessions)â€¦Wells Fargo. Bad news, your stuff is all gone.â€ť
All the married couple has now are three generations of memories.
Alvin, a retired mason, built the home with his father when he was a teenager.
â€śI know every inch, every rockâ€¦my mom mixed all the cement by hand,â€ť he said.
Alvin and his wife would later bring their six children to their desert oasis.
â€śMy little kids (would) come out here and their dresses were the same color as the wildflowers,â€ť said Alvin.
A spokesman for Wells Fargo released a statement apologizing to the couple.
â€śWe are deeply sorry for the very personal losses the Tjosaas family suffered as a result of their home being mistakenly secured,â€ť said Alfredo Padilla. â€śWe are moving quickly to reach out to the family to resolve this unfortunate situation in an attempt to right this wrong.â€ť
Alvin and Pat remain distraught.
â€śWhen you put your heart into somethingâ€¦it makes me real sad. Iâ€™m just glad I have my sweetheart. Weâ€™ve been together a long time,â€ť said Alvin.