I get home with Baby Kate tonight about 6PM. The landscaping guy is there, working with the rototiller, clearing some brush. Simple enough, right?
I get up to the house, the door is open. Hmm.
I look inside, the cabinets in the entryway are open. They weren’t like that when we left this morning. I call out to John (the landscaper) “Hey! Did you go inside?” “No”, he says.
I get inside the house, let the dogs out of their kennels and walk them out through the office so they can get to the backyard.
“Hey! My monitor is on the chair! What’s up with that?”
My monitor, normally in its alcove on my desk, is on my office chair, the keyboard is on the floor. It looks like someone tried to get it loose by grabbing the monitor and YANKING it off the desk. Given that it’s connected to the box and the wall by all those cables it resists being moved.
SOMEONE’S BROKEN INTO THE CHANCE ESTATE!
I drop Baby Kate on the landscaper (to their mutual dismay) and check out the rest…
Lady Chance’s computer? Also yanked around.
Guitars? Still there.
DVD players gone!
Lady Chance’s jewelry box is on the bed! Opened! I don’t touch it.
Since I’m shaky, I take Kate and John calls the sheriff. I call the insurance company. They’ll have an adjuster call me in the morning at work.
Cop shows up. We tour the place. No signs of forcible entry. Cop speculates that I forgot to lock the door this morning. He could be right. We leave in a rush every morning.
We go over everything. They took the TV, they took the DVD player but NOT all the DVDs stacked on it (though I’m afraid Disk 7 of the ST:TNG box set was in the player.). They move the jewelry box, open it, rifle through it and TAKE NONE OF IT. Must have been about 3 grand worth of gold and gems in there. They didn’t even bother to open the boxes. Just rifled the costume jewelry.
Spare room: Guitars (about 2 grand). Stereo equipment: 1 grand. Speakers: almost irreplacable.
Antique clock: Still chiming.
Change jar: Full, still there.
3 entirely unconnected computers in the office? Still there.
So we have some thieves that break in (somehow) and manage to see valuable items and only take the least valuable of them..
They missed obvious things they could have just placed under their arms and walked off with. My sword, a boom box, two digital cameras (one old, one new), portable CD player.
The cop speculates that it’s local kids. Opportunists. He checks for fingerprints but comes up with nothing definitive. I expected that. He takes some small items that were moved for further examination.
I am SO cheesed off about this you couldn’t believe.
And a part of me wonders at how dumb they were. It’s just astonishing.
But Lady Chance is having me set up a home security system now. That should be loads of fun.