MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Sometimes life really does imitate art. In this case, a very sad country song.
It goes like this: Guy finds two ladies who need help. Guy takes them home, cooks them breakfast, passes out. When he wakes up, he's got no pants, and lots of his stuff is gone... along with two dogs and a cat.
According to a Middletown police report, this particular tale of woe started at about 6 a.m. Sunday. Tim Estes Sr. said he found the women at a Speedway station on Jackson Lane; one was scratched up, and the other had bruises on her face and arms. The women told Estes Sr. their boyfriend beat them up.
"I'm from southern Missouri, and if you see somebody in need, you let them in your house and you help them," he said.
Feeling sorry for the women, Estes Sr. said he took the pair to Kroger, bought some food to cook and brought them back to his Highland Street home.
He said he passed out after breakfast. The women might have drugged him, he said, and he told police he didn't remember many of the details. But he did recall both women offered to have sex with him, and one of their names was Cammi.
"Sex would be the furthest thing from my mind," Estes Sr. said. "I felt sorry for them. Look what it got me."
His son, Tim Estes Jr., came home and woke him up Sunday afternoon. Estes Sr. was sleeping in bed, wearing no pants; both Estes Sr. and his son said that was unusual, because he usually sleeps on the couch.
They told police a laptop was missing, along with an Xbox, PlayStation 3, 14 Playstation games, a cellphone and a set of keys.
The younger Estes' pets were gone, too: One is a full-blooded Siberian husky named Bella, the other a husky/shepherd mix named Bandit. The cat was gone too, an all-black girl named Midnight, spayed and declawed in the front. The dogs have since come back home.
Estes Jr. told police he thought the women might have tampered with a jewelry box, so he brought it down for investigators to take fingerprints.
As for the women, Estes Sr. gave police a general recollection of what they looked like:
- "Cammi" was very skinny, about 5 feet 8 inches, 105 pounds, with brown hair and a tattoo on her neck, possibly a butterfly.
- The other woman was heavy-set with thick glasses.
Both said they were from the West Chester area, and they used his phone to get on Facebook.
"I'd be a lot more cautious (the next time)," Estes Sr. said. "I'm not going to stop helping people, but I won't let them in my house again. It's really sad."
Middletown police ask anyone with information on the theft to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.