WEST SACRAMENTO -- Malinda Crichton's new house wasn't burglarized. It wasn't robbed. It was stolen.
"My house was stolen. It was stolen!" Crichton said.
She’s talking about the whole house being taken away under cover of darkness.
"The victim called us and said her tiny house had been stolen," said Sgt. Roger Kinney of the West Sacramento Police Department.
Tiny home are the hottest style in domiciles, and Crichton says she got into it for one great reason.
"This is for me to live in so that I don't have to worry about rent. I don't have to worry about mortgage. I'm a singer and a musician, so this is going to allow me to follow my passions," Crichton said.
As it neared completion, she's been shopping for a place to put it. She says her current landlord doesn't want it on his property. Then suddenly last night, it was gone.
"So apparently this was not sufficient to prevent somebody from taking it," she laughed, pointing at the padlock and chain around the trailer’s ball hitch.
Still whoever took it, didn't take it far. Just a few hours after reporting the theft, Crichton found her tiny home, sitting in a shopping center in West Sacramento.
But you know what they say: home is where the heart is.
We asked how much the tiny home was worth.
“This is going to be about $50,000 by the time it is done," Crichton said.
There may be no such thing as “grand theft home,” but the value here makes this a serious crime if anyone is ever prosecuted for the theft.
"This is the first one I've heard of in my many years of a tiny house, or even a house being stolen," Sgt. Kinney said.
But Crichton says it's all there; nothing is damaged.
And she says she still believes in the tiny house movement so much, particularly as a solution to the homelessness problem, she’s urging people to find out more at HealingCentersForTheHomeless.org