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Crime Update

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wow, a lot happens in a day or two. It's been emotional around here, that's for sure.

The night of the break-in, sleep was tough. I didn't feel comfortable enough to even undress. I slept fully clothed with the lights on. Barely slept, I should say.

Discovered the next day that my wedding band was among the things stolen. :(

The next day, I stayed home. Boarded up the door. Tried to organize and thing what else might be missing. I'm generally unorganized. I'm not one of those people that keep lists of assets. And I have a lot of 'stuff'. Have someone hide 1-5 valuable things at your house and see if you can identify what's missing. It's a challenge.

My feelings went from anger to sadness to confusion. Maybe it was drug related, they just needed cash. Maybe it was someone who had been watching me. Maybe it was totally random. In one way, I was thankful nothing had been vandalized. In another, I felt that every time something was lost at my house, I would always wonder if it was stolen. Who would do this to me? A stranger? Someone I know?

Would my daughter feel unsafe forever? Would I? Where am I going to get the money for the security items that, now, I feel that I need?

Today, the Sergeant at the P.O. called and asked a bunch more questions. I was surprised, really. I figured there wouldn't be much done in this case.

At my drive home, he called again to report they had found a usable print. They had made an arrest! It was someone from my neighborhood! Someone I know and like, actually. I don't know him very well, just a friendly someone who walks around the neighborhood. But he knows my car, and my dog's name. He probably comforted my dog on his way in.

I doubt anything will be recovered, but we will see.

I don't know why, but I feel better knowing that it was an opportunistic acquaintance than an unknown random psychopath. I mean, if you have to choose who robs your house. It was probably drugs. It's sad, overall.

So that's my story. Thanks everyone for your support. I really really was soaking it up! More as I know.

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    Great police work in your town...

    I hope you can recover some of your things... and so glad the pooch wasn't harmed.

    emoticon For all of you and pats for the dogger...
    3332 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    Closure is good. It is sad that you both had to go through this. I am glad for both of you that the end to this has come so quickly.

    3334 days ago
    I'm SO sorry this happened to you and your daughter Albert, but so glad to read that at least there is some comfort in knowing who the perp is. Agreed that it feels better to know it was a local acquaintance vs. someone random that would lead your imagination to go off on endless imagination tangents. It is an awfully disturbing sense of violation though still, but hopefully somehow, being able to put a face with the experience, will lessen the fear. I've had this happen twice to me, and it's just an indescribably creepy feeling. About 3 months after E and I first moved into our house, we were broken into, and they came in through the boy's bedroom window. We are not the most organized people either, and we kept finding things missing for two weeks after the fact. They took E's coin jars and some watches and left things behind that were worth more. The boys were freaked out the first few weekends they were with us after that, and did not sleep well at all. But we were lucky that the police did get some good prints and 2 young local men were arrested, (and had been suspects in previous burglaries in our area) This was a major comfort to the boys (and to us) and I hope that your daughter (and YOU) will find some comfort and peace in knowing that the man that did this, has been arrested. It takes awhile to get back into a "normal" frame of mind and to not feel like looking over your shoulder and jumping at every noise you hear at night, but normalcy will return. In the meantime, emoticon emoticon to you and your daughter, A.
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    3340 days ago
    Wow! Well, I'd hardly taken my fingers off the keyboard from posting on the first entry about the break-in. What a blessing to have closure instead of wondering and having to look at everyone with stink-eye, wondering whether they might have been the one who committed the crime... or if they were someone likely to do it.

    You sound like you not only have found peace but have approached forgiveness.

    I don't know if you have determined whether to follow through with prosecution, but it might be a very good thing if the person had to face the consequences of their actions. Scary indeed.

    3340 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2010 6:03:01 PM
    I am so glad that things progressed as quickly as they did. I am glad you are dealing with this so well, see you are an inspiration even in times of need. Hope things go better for you from now on, if you need an ear I'm here for you man. How is your daughter feeling?
    3341 days ago
    So glad there was progress in the case and you have a little piece of mind knowing that it was not a stalker or something worse. When things like this happen when you are not home and only "specific" things were taken it is usually someone from the "hood" or someone who knows you or someone who knows someone you know. Do you really need a full out alarm? You can find security type products at Home Depot which would be effective (i.e. window or sliding glass door contacts that make a loud noise when tripped) and cost a lot less. Just keep in mind that it was someone you've seen around the neighborhood and not a crime wave in your area. Like I said before the most valuable thing he took was your sense of security. It's going to take time for you to feel comfortable again. Give yourself time to heal and make some positive changes in your life so that you can feel safe. It's really not fair when bad things happen to good people. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3341 days ago
    I know the feeling...we had a cat burglar come into our condo...while we were sleeping! Looking for jewelry. That was the strangest thing, to wake up and find our closet doors (in the bedroom) open. I wanted to move.

    I'm glad to hear nobody was hurt.

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    3342 days ago
    hey, that's a lot of action in a day or two. I'm really glad you and your daughter are ok. I hope you can finally rest better now. sorry for your losses though.

    3342 days ago
    OMG -- I have to agree that I would want to know who and not a random psycho.

    Many hugs for the horrible day you have experienced. I hope you are able to recover something that he stole ... but if not, at least neither you nor your daughter were injured.

    3342 days ago
    glad you found the culprit. and your daughter can rest easy at your house now. you too.maybe he didn't have time to pawn your stuff or sell it. check around the pawn shop's if you know the guy maybe he pawns the stuff in his old home town it wouldn't hurt to look. make sure to give the watchdog some extra lovings glad he wasn't hurt either. emoticon
    3342 days ago
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