ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- An Adams County woman is warning others about a stranger who walked into her home early Thursday morning and walked out with her purse.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office said it is looking into a string of thefts involving purses taken from homes in a neighborhood off U.S. 36 and Federal Boulevard.
"It's so violating," said the victim, who didn’t want to be identified.
Home is supposed to be a safe place.
"It's worse than if someone is breaking in when you're not there. My kids were sleeping. I was still asleep," she said.
But danger walked right inside the Applewood Lane home of this mother of three. Her husband first noticed something was wrong.
"He can't find his cigarettes, which he had just laid on the counter by the back door. He can't find them anywhere. So I go to my purse on the couch and it's gone," she said.
The woman then went outside looking for it. She found it in a trash can under a garbage bag just a few doors down. Her blingy Betty Boop bag was recovered.
"My wallet was not in there. Luckily, my car keys, house key was still in the purse. I'm thankful for that," she said.
But it worries a neighbor across the street.
“It’s disturbing. We just don't have that in this neighborhood," Kristi Flesher said.
In a neighborhood where she didn't always lock her doors, security will become more important.
"Makes me want to go out and get a Rottweiler instead of that little rat," she said of her little mutt, Jackson.
It also means changes for the victim's family.
"My husband said we are going to get cameras, change the locks," she said.
And her purse will also be more protected.
"I think I'll take it to bed with me, instead of leaving it on the couch," she said.
The woman is just grateful her family is safe.
"To just walk into someone's home knowing they are there. I am glad they got the purse and left. It could have been so much worse," she said.
She said her husband had unlocked the back door when he got up about 5 a.m. He had grabbed the lighter from his wife’s purse. Minutes later, the purse was gone.
Deputies aren't sure yet if the homes of other victims were locked or unlocked.