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Have you ever been stolen from?
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17 / M / boys locker room
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Posted 2/19/11

Ohh, I am so deducing the hell out of this case!
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66 / M / Milwaukee, Wiscon...
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Posted 2/19/11
Three times in my lifetime.

The first was my 1963 Austin Healy Sprite stolen at work. I was devastated. 6 weeks later the police from a city about 100 miles away called to let me know that the car had been picked up, They made some strange comments and said that I needed to see it asap. I made the trip and as I walked up to the car I noticed that the car had a shine like I had never seen. The cop told me to look in the glove box. I got in the car and noticed that the leather had been scrubbed with saddle soap and touched up with black dye. I opened the glove and there was a note addressed to the cars owner. I opened it up an found a $20 bill and an apology for taking the car. There was a new ign switch installed and the keys were there. The car started right up and I noticed that it had a full tank of gas. The cop said that this was a first for the Department. Nobody believes that this is a true story but I do have the proof.

The other 2 times are normal. Lots of damage and the feeling of being violated as well as the desire to kill the bastard that did it.
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24 / F / Tampa, FL
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Posted 2/19/11
Wow that's crazy sorry to hear that happened to you.

I think the only time was when someone stole my XOXO purse out of my locker a few years ago. It was expensive, but not too much. I had a Fendi perfume inside though that I was sorry to lose.
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Posted 2/19/11
I can't imagine being stolen from, I'm glad it hasn't happened to me. I have zero ability to defend myself, on top of the fact that I am a pacifist. I would lose any sense of security.

My ex robbed our house, took only a few items. My mother's home was robbed recently. She didn't care about what was taken, just that it was upsetting and scary for her. She thinks they may have done it while she was there and sleeping. EEK!
Posted 2/19/11
I rode my bike to school and some prick stole it and rode around on it, luckily my big Brother was close by, stopped him dead by grabbing the handle bars, grabbing him by the scruff of the neck, dragging him off the bike and shoving him to the ground. He casually returned the bike to me and carried on chatting with his friends as if nothing had happened.
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23 / F / Your Cookie Jar
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Posted 2/19/11
My lucky test pencil that other stupid 2nd grader took !!!!!!! D'X
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24 / M / just over der
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Posted 2/19/11
Went to a party and while on guy was distracting me his cokehead girlfriend stole my ipod touch that was sitting on a table right by me.
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37 / F / Virginia, US
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Posted 2/19/11

hopfly wrote:

a co-worker of my dad had his house burglarized in the same manner as you describe and was later caught. the thief was one of the neighbors. sometimes it can't be helped.


UPDATE:
Turns out it was our neighbors that took our stuff. The old man across the street saw the whole incident, but being that he was in his 80's and saw the three guys running with our guns, he was scared shirtless and didn't want to get involved. But anyways, even after telling the police there was an eyewitness, they still couldn't do anything because there wasn't enough evidence.

Luckily both my husband and I called out of work and did alot of legwork ourselves. I called every pawn shop in the area, while my husband called all the local gun and camera shops that make purchases. And I was extremely lucky and got a hit - the pawn owner of a store 15 mins from us said he had a TV matching the description of ours, but he wouldn't give me more info until we came to the shop. When we went up later, we found our TV, playstation 3, laptop and one of my husband's hunting knives. The pawn owners also had ID for two of the three theives and survellience footage, and had seen our other stolen items. In fact, they had sent the bastards to Sam Ash with the base and 6 string, which we found there, and have since retrieved. The pawn store is holding our items for the police.
We were hoping that the idiots would have come back to the pawn shop yesterday or today to try to rid themselves of the guns, but no such luck. Evidently, there is a worse penalty if you try to sell stolen firearms - a minimum of 10 years, added in with the grand larceny and breaking and entering.
The police have enough evidence to get a warrant and all three of their ID's were used for the sales of the items. We know at this point that since nothing went down yesterday or today, the warrant will definitely be issued on Monday.
Two of the theives have priors, and one is clean - the detective said more then likely they will give up the location of the rest of our items to avoid too much time - especially the one without a record.

We found out that the house 8 doors down was robbed in a similiar fashion 4 months ago and that was still an open investigation as well. The people who were robbed then knew it was these guys as well, but unlike us, they weren't as lucky and couldn't prove it. Hopefully we can link the two cases and get these assholes what they deserve.
Our detective seems to think we should get about 85-90% of our items back since we had done so much work in alerting most the places ahead of time that these guys may try to dump it off with them.

So for anyone that has never had this happen, a couple of hints to help avoid some of the crap we have had to deal with the past few days:

Keep serial numbers on your electronics and the receipts! Store them in a file cabinet or something with your taxes.
Keep serial numbers for your firearms in a safe place! If you have alot of firearms, eventhough it may seem expensive, get a gun safe! (you may lose your TV set, but at least a criminal won't have your guns on the street).
Have renter's insurance if you rent! We were dumb and didn't have this! It is less then $30 a month...
If you have alot of firearms, join the NRA! $30 a year, and you have $2500 insurance on your firearms if they are stolen.

If you are robbed, a few tips:
Do your own legwork, don't wait for the police to do it all - make a list of your stolen items, call the local pawn shops and ask questions or fax them the list. Most are understanding and helpful. Also a little known fact, in the state of VA at least, pawn shops are required to send a list of all items purchased daily to the local police.
Get a case # for your filed report and a detective name immediately or as soon as possible the next day. Sometimes it takes a while for a report to be logged...be persistent, and patient.
If you didn't keep the serial numbers, check with the places the items were bought. Sometimes they can retrieve that info for you.
Check with all your neighbors within the first 24 hours. Don't wait for the police to canvas the neighborhood for you - the longer you wait after the initial incident the fuzzier the memories about it become.
If you didn't have luck with pawn shops, check Craigslist, Ebay and the trading post daily for items that may be yours.


**And none of this is downgrading the job the police do in any way...where we are dealing with just our own particular incident, they are dealing with 30+ cases just like mine a day. Patience is hard to come by when you know that asshole is out there selling your stuff while you sit at home and see their car is gone all day...making a tight case to nab these guys is more important then a lost item. And even though it seems a little unfair that I might have to lose something, the ultimate goal of getting these guys off the streets is much more important.
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Posted 2/19/11
got robbed twice in one year.
My mom's store was robbed of a flatscreen tv, a wheel barrel, an appointment book, and a safe containing millions of dollars in jewelery. Whats strange is they left all the computers that were there.

After six months passed my house was robbed of our other flatscreen tv, my dad's ipod, some of my mom's necklaces, and my necklace (Which I never took off but decided to take off that day. That pisses me off.)

If I ever find out who had the gall to take my stuff I'll kill them, seriously I will. The assholes deserve it.
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29 / F / Southern California
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Posted 2/20/11
I'm actually pretty paranoid about this kindof stuff, so I haven't been robbed.


Although my cousin did steal my pants once, and then wore them in front of me later pretending they were her own. ><;

I eventually got them back, haha.
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Posted 2/20/11 , edited 2/20/11
yep, once. For a relatively small kid I was back then, it was a LOSS. She took one of my Pokemons... I mean, a plastic figure (~4-5 cm tall).



The reason why I haven't been stolen from since that day is my looks, I guess. 'am just too intimidating or maybe 'am just super lucky...
Posted 2/20/11
Twice once When i lived in bolder i got my first bike when i was about seven and i cant remember who took it but it was one of my brothers friends we saw him riding off and we chased him to a creek but i cant remember the name and he jumped off the bike and threw it in the creek and ran off. but my older brother caught him and held him down until our parents got there with the police and they took him away. and then the fire department came and got my bike out of the creek but the current and the debris in the creek broke everything on the bike and popped both tires and we had to throw it away.

The other time was when i got my first ds in my freshmen year of high school i left it in my backpack which we have to leave near the door to the library with a pokemon game in it and a kid took it and was caught on camera but the librarians would not check the tape so i never got it back but the weird thing is i had my wallet in there with 200 big ones and he did not even touch my wallet.
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37 / F / Virginia, US
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Posted 2/22/11
We got to see two of the three guys in handcuffs today, and more of our items returned, including 2 of the 7 stolen firearms. We are so very thankful that we were one of the lucky few to actually be getting justice - and our stuff back.
Hopefully they will get the third guy tomorrow, and will have more info on the rest of our items by then as well!
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27 / M / Online playing......
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Posted 2/22/11
I've never had anything big like games or money, or personal items, but I once had a Base-set Blastoise Pokemon trading card stolen from me. Didn't realize it was gone until I went through my deck. I knew who the girl that took it was, too. A couple days later, I heard from a friend of mine that she got beat up/in a fight at school...what comes around, goes around, eh?
Posted 2/22/11
Yes. He didn't live a week past that.
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