Irene Piusinski says she thought nothing of it when she got the knock on the door. On May 1st, a man dressed in a Detroit Water Department uniform, wearing a badge and everything, came to her door on Longacre in Detroit. She said he warned her they were cleaning out pipes and her water may be shut off.
That's when things changed.
"Before I know it, two other men came in the house and two of them went to my daughters and put guns on their head. The other gentleman came in put one to mine escorted us upstairs," Piusinski said.
She says the three men, all armed with guns, led them to her bedroom and bound their hands and feet with duct tape. When they ran out used a bed sheet. She admitted to FOX 2's Taryn Asher she was thinking the worst was about to happen.
"You think the worst and then they ask you to lay on the floor and all you can do is pray."
During the next 45 minutes, the thieves ransacked the house. She said they stole TVs, Wii game systems, personal identification, jewelry, and even soap and q-tips. Then they drove all the goods away in Irene's 2005 black Town and Country minivan.
"He said 'where's your money?' I said 'I don't have any money. You can pick any other house on the block but you picked the wrong one because I don't have no money'. He said 'do you at least have $30 for your gas?' I was like no."
Irene managed to untie herself and then her two girls. Because the crooks stole her van and her cell phone, they came out to this window and then were able to flag down a customer at a nearby supermarket who then called police.
"I've seen in the news other people being tied up and I thought maybe I should share my story because it's not a coincidence and I'm not the only one getting tied up," she said.
Police are investigating but Irene says she is not waiting around for the brazen bandits to be caught. Despite living in the home for a dozen years, she's already packing up her and her kids and moving out.