I wasn't there...
According to the story, she caught him with his hand in her jewelry box...that changes everything. If fact, once caught WITH his hand in the 'cookie jar', she had every right to fear for what his next move might have been.
Any electrician, plumber, or carpenter who was invited into my home and is thereafter caught with his hands in my dresser drawers or my safe IS going to find himself on the floor at gun point...no other questions asked. The police WILL be called and at that point the 'said' carpenter has changed to BG thief. If, the then noted BG refuses directions prior to the arrival of the police, thing could become a bit more 'exciting'.
Stay armed...don't abuse invitations...stay safe!