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South Memphis woman tells story of walking in on burglars having sex on her couch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A South Memphis woman is in shock after catching two burglars having sexual intercourse in her house and ransacking the place.

"It's horrible in there," said victim Jamie Barnes. "It's absolutely horrible in there. It's like they just had a big old nasty party."

Barnes was surprised to see her front door open after being away for a few days, but that shock was quickly topped by what was going on inside the house on Davant Street in South Memphis.

"Walk in and they're having sex on my couch," said Barnes. "I pick up my broom, I wanted to hit that man so bad."

She said the man yelled, "I don't know nothing" over and over, while the woman tried to cover up.

"She tried to grab one of my dresses and put it on and I snatched it from her, what are you trying to do?" said Barnes.

She said the man went running.

She tried to follow him but stopped when he reached an alley, while the woman, Tonka Barnes, was arrested for aggravated burglary.

Barnes said the couple she saw stripped naked, also stripped her house.

"They ransacked my house and stole all my stuff: jewelry, appliances, clothes," said Barnes.

Her neighbor said someone spotted the couple taking bins of clothing out of the house, and even trying to sell some of Barnes' jewelry.

"Crazy stuff," said neighbor Christian Jones. "You never think something like that would happen. They're getting too bold."

Barnes said she was already planning on moving, but Sunday's crime expedited the process.

"I don't feel comfortable at this house, so in my eyes, I'm homeless," she said.

Barnes' one piece of advice to everyone is to get renters insurance.

It's something  she's now feeling the burden of not having and has set up a GoFundMe for anyone who can help out.