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California woman’s tiny home stolen

Thieves in California drove off with a woman's tiny $50,000 tiny home. The home had been under construction for three years before it suddenly disappeared as owner Malinda Crichton was walking her dog. Screen capture/CBS Sacramento/Inform Inc.

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 12 (UPI) — A California woman was shocked when she return from walking her dog to find that thieves had driven off with her home.

Malinda Crichton returned from her walk to find her 13-feet tall by 33-feet long by 8-feet wide “tiny home” had disappeared, according to KCRA.

“I let my little dog out, and I was totally shocked because my house was gone,” she said.

Crichton became even more worried when calls to her landlord and local towing agencies produced no information about the location of her home.

“I was like, ‘Oh God, this is serious.’ I don’t know who did this. I have no idea. So that’s when it got scary,” she said.

Crichton eventually contacted West Sacramento Police Department, who were baffled by the odd case of theft.

“I’ve never heard of a tiny home theft until now,” Sgt. Roger Kinney said. “Certainly with house prices going up we’re hoping that this trend doesn’t also go up.”

After asking around Crichton, eventually learned from a neighbor that her home had turned up near a local market.

“I don’t know if whoever stole it didn’t have a big enough truck,” she said. “I don’t know if they were drunk and a few blocks away were like, ‘Wait, this actually isn’t a good idea.’ How do you hide a tiny house?”

Crichton spent about $40,000 on the home since she began constructing it in August 2013 and told FOX 40 it would cost about $50,000 by the time it was complete.

“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,” she said.

Police are still investigating who was responsible for stealing Crichton’s home.