Burglars steal practically everything from home as owner helps daughter care for newborn

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- It is the mother of all burglaries.

A Commerce City woman reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers after thieves stole nearly everything from her mother's Trinidad home, including the kitchen sink.

Kim Romero has lived in Trinidad for a decade but is selling her home and moving in with her daughter in Commerce City.

But they need a little help to get the few belongings the burglars didn't take.

You've heard the saying, "No good deed goes unpunished."

It seems appropriate in this case.

The victim has been helping her daughter, Katrina McCafferty, care for her newborn, when burglars more than 200 miles away,helped themselves to virtually everything she owned.

Cellphone video shows the greed of thieves, who took all clothing in closets and dressers, and shoes.

"Every pot and pan, every dish, every spice off of her spice rack, every bit of food out of the cabinet," McCafferty said.

They even took the blinds from Romero's windows.

"Normally the saying is, 'They took everything, but the kitchen sink.' In this case, they took the kitchen sink," McCafferty said.

Last weekend's theft has left Romero devastated.

"Complete devastation, like I got punched in the gut. It was my home, but it was, I felt like a national disaster, like a tornado hit it," Romero said.

And it's left her daughter feeling responsible for the wreckage.

"She came up to help take care of my son for me, so I could go to work," McCafferty said.

She said she couldn’t afford day care. Romero was spending time away from her home to care for her grandson, Zakai, who turns 1 next weekend.

They would return to Trinidad every couple of weeks to check on the home.

"I'm carrying a lot of guilt,” says McCafferty. “She shouldn't be,” says Romero.

This human-caused catastrophe has left the family in a pile of ruins for which they can't recover.

“They took security, that sense of home away that we can't ever replace," McCafferty said.

Now, they can only hope the thieves get caught trying to sell off the ill-gotten goods, including an antique 7-foot tall grandfather clock Romero inherited from her parents.

Her dad got it in the Black Forest while serving in the military in Germany. There’s also a topper on a china cabinet that once belonged to her great grandparents, with her collection of miniature tea sets inside.

And finally, a statue of Mother and Child that her late brother gave her.

"My hope is that whoever did this gets what's coming. I hate to say it that way. Maybe some of these things are kind of rare. Maybe someone will see something and recover something for my mom," McCafferty said.

The family wants to retrieve some things the thieves didn't take, like a stove, a bed and two handmade hope chests.

But they need some help to rent a U-haul and a storage shed until the family finds a new home this summer.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.