11/08/2012 03:03 pm ET Updated Nov 08, 2012

Highland Park Open House Theft: Homeowner Sues Realtor After $162,000 In Jewelry Stolen

Home sellers typically hope open house guests walk off with a real estate pamphlet--not thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Lena Katamanin wasn't so lucky when, allegedly, thieves made off with $162,000 worth of jewelry from her Highland Park, Ill. home during an open house held by her realtor. Now, Katamanin is suing the realtor, Prudential Rubloff, and one of its agents, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

(Read how to protect your home from open house theft.)

The suit filed in April maintains Prudential Rubloff had sole control over the home, alleges negligence and carelessness on their part, according to CBS Chicago.

Highland Park Patch notes the April 22 theft was reported to police in May, according to a police blotter.