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Journal of No. 118

July 22nd, 2005

Burglarious Entry(*) @ 10:41 am

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We wuz robbed.
Yesterday afternoon, the police got in touch with me and said that a neighbor had reported someone breaking into our house. The police had already been on the scene, and it was clear that things had been stolen. They suggested I might want to drop round the house and see what was gone, make a list and offer it to the fuzz.
So I ditched work and came home. I am astonished that the burglars apparently used the kitchen window to get in. It's I-dunno how far off the ground, and it faces right onto the alley, where the mechanics at the gas station or the rotund customers of Church's Chicken could easily see them. I talked to the guys at the gas station, and they didn't see them enter, but saw them run away when the police arrived. Sounds like it was two kids/teens - a boy and a girl.
I went back in and poked around some more. The cat was slightly traumatized, hiding in the closet, mewling piteously, but she was pretty easily comforted. The police had dusted the kitchen window and the back door (where the burglars left, presumably) but I don't think they got any decent prints. Anyway, the little punks took stuff of interest to little punks & compact valuables:

PS2 + several games (they clearly have no taste, as they left Prince of Persia behind)
The digital camera
Virtually all of Rebecca's jewelry, including a few pieces handed down in her family.
Oh, and our pillowcases for holding the loot.

Jerks. Obviously, it's the jewelry that's the real pisser. Where could one find another Borgia Necklace? Not only is it a family heirloom, but the pendant has a catch revealing a secret compartment on the bottom wherein one can conceal iocaine powder or other deadly poison. A possible answer to my rhetorical question is "a pawn shop", so we may visit a few this weekend, as the police have also promised to do.

Rebecca also came home to survey our remaining belongings and together we took our list to the police. They seem to feel that they got good descriptions of the perps, so hopefully something useful will come of this. If not, we have more items to add to the wedding registry.

Although I never wanted my hypothesis to be tested, I am vindicated in my supposition that common thieves really have no appreciation for an excellent library. But really, these kids were clearly just little punks, with little idea of value. They spent plenty of effort removing the PS2 with all its cables, but ignored Becca's brand-new laptop sitting around on a table.

(*) See, it's a pun(**). It's an LJ entry about burglary, and the burglars had to make entry into our house. No, I assure you that I am not laughing either.

(**) Or perhaps a double-entendre.
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Date:July 22nd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)

Those assholes!

Oh no! Hopefully the teenage bastards will get caught and your stuff recovered pronto!
Date:July 22nd, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Those assholes!

Oops! In case you care, that was me. -K-
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Date:July 22nd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that this happened to you guys. :(
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Date:July 22nd, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
BOO! That kitchen window IS pretty high off the ground. You need to train Changeling to attack teen hoodlums.

I can't believe they didn't even take Prince of Persia! or the laptop!

But that's too bad about the jewelry. My mom is a jewelry collector and has a lot of unique pieces... but nothing like that Borgia necklace...
Date:July 22nd, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, hell! I am very sorry to hear about that. My condolences.
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Date:July 22nd, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)


Are we going to see bars on the windows now? Or just arcane marks to freak them out?
Date:July 23rd, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
it was me! i admit it! jk. i would have grabbed a sandwich actually. i get hungry stealing stuff. at least they didn't get away with TOO much, but that sucks about the jewelry! :( maybe ebay has some similar items. glad you two are ok though!
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)

So sorry

So sorry to hear about this, it really sucks. Hugs to you and Rebecca!!
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Okay, that sucks -- both the loss of the jewelry and the indefinable invasion of Your Space. Condolences, and I hope your search of pawn shops proves fruitful.
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Phuckers. I hope you get the jewelry back! It's awful when people take things that have so much sentimental value!
Date:July 23rd, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)

condolences and advice

That sucks mightily, to be sure.

What steps are you taking to ensure that another break-in does not occur, or if it does, that valuables are not taken? Can you insure everything? (Is it insured?) Have you considered a safe?

I don't want to be alarmist, but word could spread that you have more stuff in there on the streets, and either the kids return, or their buddies. Chances are, we're not dealing with intelligence. Both my dad and Andrew M were robbed twice, but months apart (in Andrew's case, I think it was a different house, tho).

Of course, the worst of it is the family heirlooms. Sorry to Rebecca. On the minor plus side, you did have a neighbor watching out for you, so that's good.
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: condolences and advice

In principle, it's insured, but the deductible is roughly the same amount as our estimate of the value of the stolen stuff.
Certainly I've considered the 'spread word' aspect.
This weekend, I think we'll get wooden dowels to drop into the window grooves to keep them from being opened. We may consider barred windows again, but frankly the window they used was not one that we thought needed to be protected.

Journal of No. 118