Rural Galesburg, Ill., isn't a hotbed of crime, but a reported sex toy burglary has townsfolk talking.
Whoever allegedly broke-in to Tiara Likes' apartment ignored her pricey high-tech devices and other valuables, the New York Daily News reports. Instead, they went straight for her bag of sex toys.
And Likes had a lot of them.
Tiara Likes, 23, actually sells adult novelty items for a living, the Daily News reports. She'd left town for a convention in Las Vegas, where she was hawking her sex toy business, and returned home to discover the alleged sex toy burglary.
In all, more than $1,000 worth of sex toys were stolen, Likes told police. (For those with inquiring minds, news reports do not indicate what types of toys were taken.)
Investigators found no signs of forced entry, but did find an unlocked bedroom window which may have allowed an alleged burglar or burglars to enter the apartment, local radio station WGIL reports.
If the thief is ever caught, he or she will likely face criminal charges, and Likes could also file a civil lawsuit against the criminal.
Likes may also have potential legal claims against her landlord if, for example, the bedroom window's lock had been broken for a while and the landlord had failed to fix it despite being notified. Under such circumstances, a landlord can generally be held partly liable for damages, if a defect in the apartment unit contributed to the crime.
But a more likely contributing factor may have been word-of-mouth about Tiara Likes' sex toy business.
"A lot of people out there know this is what she does for a living," a Galesburg policeman told the Daily News. "That's how she promotes her business."
Without more clues, however, Tiara Likes' mysterious alleged sex toy burglary remains unsolved. Anyone with more information can contact Galesburg police.
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