SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - They aren't pretty to look at, but when you talk about window bars you do think security.
But when a burglar decided to reach in, they were able to get past these bars.
"We don't really close them here, no air conditioning," Katie, who asked 10News not to use her real name, said of the bars over her windows.
Katie left the window behind these bars open in her apartment off North Park Way. When she came home last Monday morning.
"Upon coming up, I noticed the screen had been pushed in and removed," Katie said. "I was terrified ... they reached in and there's a knob on the other side and they unscrewed the security bolt, and they were able to open it like a door."
When Katie looked inside her home, it was a mess. Her room had been ransacked.
"It was a sense of violation," Katie said.
A thief stole several pieces of jewelry, some personal documents, and a car key and credit card. Before she could cancel the card, she discovered it had been used for shopping sprees and more.
"They charged about $2,000," Katie said. "They've started accounts in my name."
Katie hasn't even returned home for a night.
"I haven't slept here yet. I'm like the bars are here!" Katie said. "You wouldn't think of anyone going through that measure.
"You did rob that from me, that sense of safety," Katie added, speaking directly to the suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.