Robbery: Close call

I dropped the word “robbery” in my last update, and a number of concerned friends and family members contacted me. Thank you, concerned friends! Your concern is touching.

And, in this case, fortunately it’s unneeded as well. Here’s the story.

The other week, at work, I got a call from my neighbor, Corey. Corey lives a dozen houses down the street, is a mechanic and tow truck driver, has a fun family (including a daughter, Caitlin, who is 2 and plays with Sammy sometimes), and is a hell of a nice guy. But he called me and said, “Um, Steve, did you ask for someone to haul stuff out of your POD?”

“Um, no,” says I. “Wait, maybe Kimi did. Why?”

“Two people are loading boxes from your POD into their car.”

I called Kimi and confirmed she didn’t pay for any hauling, and then I called Corey back. (I should have called the police at that point.) Corey said the two thieves had noticed him watching them and took off. He was currently chasing them in his pick-up truck, but had Caitlin in the back, so nothing too crazy was gonna happen. He lost them when they ran a red light across Middlefield.

I rushed home, and at that point I was imagining a worse-case scenario: The house robbed, computer and stereos taken, Kimi’s jewelry gone — but nope, the house was untouched.

After opening the POD, it was clear that some things had been rifled through. Turns out an old video camera, my old Nintendo 64 (oh no! No more Goldeneye!) and maybe a few other things were taken. But everything really valuable had already been unpacked — mostly what was left inside were books and Kimi’s crafting materials and office supplies.

A police officer arrived quickly, took my statement, and then tried to dust for prints. Remember on CSI when they can extract partial prints from bullets and the throats of corpses or other random stuff? Here a perfectly ordinary handle and bolt — with plenty of surfaces for prints — didn’t prove to be a sufficient surface for the officer to find anything. (“By the way,” he says, “that dust is toxic so wash really well.”)

In the past when something’s been stolen, I’ve felt really violated. After this incident, all I felt was that we had gotten lucky. It was also entirely our fault for leaving the POD unlocked. As a wake up call, it reminds us to be more diligent — and that we should finally finish unpacking.

4 Responses to “Robbery: Close call”

  1. Scrappy Says:

    Sorry to hear that you had to go through that at ALL! I know how violating it can feel, but at least (like you said) you were lucky they were caught in the act and that’s all they got away with.

    When I was robbed, all the police had was a cardboard box to print and they gave me no hope at all that they would find one.

    So, now, about your LAST statement — I’ll offer up my services again to help you unpack this weekend. I’ll even sort your paperwork! =) What day works for you guys?

  2. Slacy Says:

    Wow. You should feel really fortunate. Robbery sucks. So little gain for so much anguish, and I’ve not even actually been broken into before, but I can imagine the feeling of being violated. Anyway, the MV Voice has talked about a rash of crime in the neighborhood — I wonder if its just a few hoodlums trying to get some quick cash, or if its a larger indication of economic distress?

  3. Stephen Says:

    Scrappy, thanks so much! We’re visiting my parents this weekend, but we’ll talk to you soon.

    Slacy, I’ve read an article somewhere that police suspect the Mt. View robbery spree is the work of one particular person (a middle aged white male). The people seen by Corey don’t fit that profile. But I bet that you’re right that in general the economic distress is causing theft crime rates to rise.

  4. Stuart Says:

    Not sure where you live..but see if your area is covered by:
    http://www.crimereports.com/

    It’s a good way to see whats going on in your neighborhood.

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