LORAIN, Ohio-- Police are looking for criminals who broke into several homes while the residents were sound asleep.
"When I came in the kitchen, the blinds were up and askew, and I knew that was extremely unusual," one victim said.
63-year-old Ellen, who didn't want to reveal her last name, described the scene in her dining room when she woke up inside her Lorain home early Thursday morning.
"The small TV we had on the counter was gone," said her 64-year-old husband, Richard.
Ellen woke up her husband and they realized that while they were asleep someone had used a patio chair to reach their kitchen window and break in.
"Among other things, they took an iPad Mini, chargers, things like that for the iPad Mini, and then she went outside and looked and said, plus your car," said Richard.
Ellen said their Lincoln Continental was found about 10 blocks from their home. She said the thieves also took credit cards from her purse and a 10-inch butcher knife from the kitchen. Police found the knife outside in the driveway.
"I was upstairs sleeping when they were in my kitchen. They were in my dining room. They were in my living room, and then when I thought about here they are, they got that butcher knife, had I come downstairs, who knows?" said Richard.
Right after the break-in, the couple got a dog named Budda. They also changed the locks and are getting a security system installed. After 26 years, their sense of security living in their home is broken.
"They got everything that's replaceable physically, but what they took from me, which makes me so angry, is my peace of mind, and that's something that's just gonna take time to replace," said Ellen.
According to Lorain police, someone also broke into another home several miles away around 3:00 a.m. Friday. They didn't steal anything, but rummaged through the resident's car.
Lorain police have a vague description of the suspects: two men driving a 1999 to 2001 Chevrolet Impala.