No, that is not a bait-click title. We were robbed.
Sometime when I went to Costco yesterday and was gone for a mere 3 hours, we were robbed. The crackheads (I’ll get to why we feel that way) stole two iPads (both Bear’s) and ten dollars in petty cash.
Now, it’s story time:
I went to Costco and made a last dash at Toys R Us for early birthday/Christmas gifts for Bear. I was gone a bit longer than I wanted to be but made it back home at a good time: 1 PM.
I wasn’t feeling well so I went to the bathroom for a short while. Normally, this would be TMI but it does explain the lapse in when I arrived home and when I notified everyone. After I was done, I wanted to go for a nap in our bedroom. I entered the bedroom and noticed my bedroom window was kinda catawampus and the blinds were broken.
My first thought was Sushi must’ve been messing with the blinds. Then it occurred to me, no, that wasn’t Sushi. That was some asshole.
Now, the very first feeling was violation. If anyone has been robbed before, you know that feeling. Someone took something from you you worked hard for. Someone was in your home doing who knows what? Someone you don’t know, you wouldn’t interact with, was in your sanctuary.
At first, I thought the thieves stole the petty cash (we purposely don’t keep cash in the home). Upon talking with Maks later, we discovered they stole Bear’s iPads (and I have to explain this before people question why a 4 year old has two iPads. Bear has an old one from 2013 and a recent one from last year. The 2013 one no longer really works that well but we just kept it because he likes watching YouTube kids on it).
Here’s where the story gets interesting…
So, I called my neighbor since we shared a duplex, the duplex’s owners, Maks (obviously), and 911 to report a non-emergency. Now, because it was a 911 non-emergency, the police showed up ONE HOUR LATER.
So, after just chillin’ for an hour, the police finally came. I didn’t take pictures, but yeah, they were hot. And they made jokes to make me more at ease. (“Did you invite anyone to come here to steal your items?’) The police concluded because our window faces our neighbor’s backyard, the thieves thought they were breaking into two homes, when really it was just one.
Remember when I said we thought it was crackheads stealing the items? Here’s why – the left the credit cards, TVs, expensive jewelry (they bypassed my Tiffany’s jewelry) and only stole what they could see. They didn’t take any of Maks’s very expensive camera equipment. My laptop, which was in full view at the kitchen counter, was left untouched.
Pretty much 99% of our items are still here. We are blessed.
The forensic detective came to take pictures and fingerprints but because he couldn’t find any or glove residue, the case is pretty much cold.
So, Maks calls me and asks if Bear’s iPads were at the home. I told him I wasn’t sure. He said he left both charging by his beside. I went to double-check and the iPads were gone. Maks then tells me he located one of them – the newer one – in our old neighborhood of Highland Park.
My husband then tells me, ‘I’m going to retrieve them!’
Now, I do not…I repeat….I DO NOT recommend the following actions:
Maks was taking a Lyft back to our place when he convinced the driver to make a pitstop at Highland Park. He followed where the iPad was located and went up to the front door of the bungalow. My husband, I should mention, is over six feet tall and about 235. He’s a big, solid guy.
Maks promptly talks to the teens (he mentioned later one of them was probably 15, and more than likely gang members) and demanded the iPad. The teens acted like they had no idea what Maks was talking about and treated him like he was a solicitor. Maks promptly plays the ping to locate the iPad and the teens were shocked (kids, stay in school).
Maks then tells the teens, ‘Either you give me the iPad and I go about my merry way or I’ll call LAPD and we’ll all have a bad day.’
He retrieved Bear’s black iPad.
After we picked up Bear from school, we all went out to dinner. We stopped by a gun store so I can look at another gun for me (we have a shot gun but it’s not easily accessible). I briefly contemplated joining the NRA but then I remember how batshit crazy they are and I declined.
We went to Target and dropped money on getting a backdoor camera for our backyard, where the crackheads entered. We just purchased a few more home security items from Amazon. No, no gun yet. That’ll come once I figure out a good place where Bear can’t retrieve it.
Today, we’ll make the necessary phone calls to the home insurance and renter’s insurance companies. Over the next few days, our place will become Fort Knox. Despite us moving to another city and having a duplex and being crackhead robbed, it’s still a relatively safe place.
The important parts is that this happened when no one was home, the vast majority of our items are still inside the home, and everyone is safe.
But yeah, it might be a while until I do a home tour of our new place, LOL.