Whoever broke-in to Tiara Likes’ apartment in rural Galesburg, Ill., ignored her pricey high-tech devices and other valuables. Instead, they went straight for her large bag of sex toys.
Tiara Likes, 23, sells adult novelty items for a living. 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.
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.
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.