A mother’s struggle to keep her children safe after her home was broken into and left unlocked in an Oklahoma City suburb is inspiring her to write about her experience.
The home is on a street in the suburb of Norman where, for the past year, the family had been living.
In August last year, Amanda Karpinski, 47, heard her house keys being stolen from the back of her van.
She was surprised to discover her car was gone.
“I was shocked.
I went into my kitchen and there was a key and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it,'” she said.”
There was a car key and then it was just a whole lot of things.
There was a broken window and I don’t know what’s going on.”
The stolen car had been left on the side of the road for more than two months.
“It was just so disheartening,” Ms Karpinkins said.
“We’ve been looking forward to Christmas, we’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday, and then this happened.”
Ms Karpinksi said she thought she had been burgled but she had no idea what was happening to her car.
After she reported the theft to police, a friend and neighbour took her car for a ride to the police station, where they showed her a police sketch of a person of interest.
“They said, ‘If you come to Norman and we see you, let us know,'” Ms Karpski said.
She said she was then contacted by a friend who had seen a video of someone trying to break into the car.
“We thought, ‘Well, that would be an odd thing to see in Norman’, but they actually saw this,” Ms Niles said.
Ms Karpinski said her friends suggested the family stay at the house for a week and check out the property.
“The house was a mess and we didn’t want to stay there,” she said