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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 10:49 AM
Today is the one year anniversary of my apartment break in!

When I got home, all the lights were on, the furniture was messed up, all my drawers were open and piles of my clothes on the bed and floor. I was in shock.

I called the police and about a dozen or more of them came by my house taking reports, asking me questions, taking fingerprints, and they took 27 8x10 colored glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against the burglars (whom were NEVER caught). What a waste of my time and tax payers money!!

The robbers didn't steal anything except my Ipod (a useless 30g which I never used). They were probably looking for money or jewelry stashed away, but luckily I had none lying around and I don't possess even an iota of jewelry. The most valuable items such as rare posters and rare rock memorabelia wasn't even touched! But I learned my lesson since then and keep my windows and doors secure.

Has this ever happened to you????



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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 10:53 AM
My home's never been burglarized, but my van got broken into at a gig once back in 1995 and they stole my Davis .380 pistol, my attache (which had nothing in it but blank forms for work) and of all things, my work boots.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 10:58 AM
Yeah my apartment and car did its a bad feeling.They didn't get much only some money from my place.I guess they didn't like my bootlegs.My car they took all my tapes.
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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 11:00 AM
Oh yeah, back in 1980, my car was burglarized in a parking garage as I attended an Aerosmith concert. They took my cassettes, a pair of Jensen 6 X9 speakers and a bottle of speed. LOL

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 11:07 AM
Never my home, but someone broke into my truck in Macon and used my tools to steal my CD changer. That is all they took, and left the tools and everything else in the truck.

And while I was teaching the carpentry class in New Orleans someone broke into the car we were using and stole my nice leather tool bags. They left a $100 Patagonia jacket, and I doubt they would use the bags, so I don't know why they bothered. I'm still pissed about those bags. I got them for a great price in Carson City, and still haven't replaced them.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 11:28 AM
The Poilce in the U.K would not responde so quickly to a house break -in. They will give you a crime number and send an officer round in about a week.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 11:51 AM
ThankdGod I've never had my residence broken into, but have had my car broken into several times. Everytime they broke the side window. Of course I had at least a $100.00 deductable and was out that much. Once when I went to see John Entwhistle (I believe he was playing with the Good Rats and they were quite good.) someone broke into my car and used a large piece of concrete. The basturds smashed and dented the metal door post as well as breaking out the window. I could never get that fixed. That was my old Mazada wound up getting 300,000 miles on that car.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 12:05 PM
My house when I was a kid and my car a couple of times. It sucks. I hate thieves with a passion. They should made to clean up toxic waste dumps with their bare hands.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 12:06 PM
My shop was hit back in November . Guitars and amps must not fetch much at pawn shops these days , because the thieves came in through the window in my music room and left everything untouched . All they took was my computer and two sofa cushion covers to carry the loot in .

The funny thing was , they left behind a Chik-Fil-A brownie still in it's plastic container with the chicken head logo on the lid (the restaurant is right next door to my shop) . The cops took the baked evidence next door , and asked how many of those brownies were sold the previous day . The answer was 2 . The manager looked at the time on the receipt tape , and ran the surveillance footage to the time the brownies were sold . The video clearly showed two teenage kids buying the brownies . Some of the kids working there that night recognized the thieves and ratted them out .

The "Brownie Bandits" were rounded up a few days later .



[Edited on 2/27/2010 by squabs217]

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 12:06 PM
Not me personally but a friend of mine had his car broken into in Philadelphia while attending a Grateful Dead show. Also, my friend in the city of Pittsburgh has had his car broken into and they took a CD player. My brother had it the worst though. He has had his cars taken twice when he lived in the city too. Bastard kids most of the time....there isn't much worse than a thief in my opinion
 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 12:10 PM
I forgot to mention in my other post that my dad's house was broken into a few years back . The only thing the thief took was ALL my teenage sister's underwear and her CD collection .
 

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My shop was hit back in November . Guitars and amps must not fetch much at pawn shops these days , because the thieves came in through the window in my music room and left everything untouched . All they took was my computer and two sofa cushion covers to carry the loot in .

The funny thing was , they left behind a Chik-Fil-A brownie still in it's plastic container with the chicken head logo on the lid (the restaurant is right next door to my shop) . The cops took the baked evidence next door , and asked how many of those brownies were sold the previous day . The answer was 2 . The manager looked at the time on the receipt tape , and ran the surveillance footage to the time the brownies were sold . The video clearly showed two teenage kids buying the brownies . Some of the kids working there that night recognized the theives and ratted them out .

The "Brownie Bandits" were rounded up a few days later .



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I forgot to mention in my other post that my dad's house was broken into a few years back . The only thing the thief took was ALL my teenage sister's underwear and her CD collection .


Oh Lord, I bet your sister never lived that one down. I wonder if it was someone she knew. Maybe she took it as a compliment?

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 12:59 PM
Yep, wish I could have caught the sob's...can you say 'bang-bang'?
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I forgot to mention in my other post that my dad's house was broken into a few years back . The only thing the thief took was ALL my teenage sister's underwear and her CD collection .


Oh Lord, I bet your sister never lived that one down. I wonder if it was someone she knew. Maybe she took it as a compliment?


It turned out to be a guy working on the constuction site across the stree from my dad's house . Who know how long he'd been watching my little sister ? The moron gave his real info. to the pawn shop owner when he unloaded the CDs . It shocked me that the Orlando Police Dept. even persued the matter . It turned out that he had a rap sheet as long as your arm , but none of the offenses were sex crimes . If I remember correctly , they put him away for a while .

 

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 02:22 PM
Yep, happened about 15 years ago. We had gone to visit family out of town for the weekend, and when we returned and I walked up to the front door, it was slightly ajar. I knew that wasn't right, and the hair on my arms started standing up. Ever feel someone else's presence without seeing or hearing them? It was one of the eeriest feelings I have ever had. I immediately ran back to the car, told the wife to go next door and call the cops, and I grabbed the 9mm out of the glove box and eased back to the door--kicked it wide open, and the bastards were running out the back yard.

They got away, apparently after they had already carted off the easy stuff--TV, microwave, CD player, guns. The rest of the places was a shambles, a few things broken in apparent haste.

Insurance covered some of the loss. But it really pissed me off that the CD player they took was a multidisk changer, which was loaded at the time with the complete "Dreams" box set and also "Back Where it All Begins."

But no one was hurt. What I did was stupid, and things could have turned out an awful lot worse if we had driven up only 5 minutes or so earlier.

Cops never caught anyone, but I am almost certain I knew who did it.

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 02:32 PM
my apartment, about 25 years ago. they took some stuff with real emotional value, that could never be replaced. also, they got the TV and started taking the stereo but must have heard something in the building. insurance did OK by us but still....
definitely felt violated. I think every time we return home after an overnight trip, it briefly flashes through both my and my wifes mind, even after all these years.

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 02:59 PM
Yeah my college dorm....does that count (over Thanksgiving break, 1971)....what a shi*ty feeling...took all my records, stereo and my axe, a red Univox Les Paul copy which I loved...
and the feeling of having your personal space "violated" like that really really sucks....

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 03:33 PM
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"I called the police and about a dozen or more of them came by my house taking reports, asking me questions, taking fingerprints, and they took 27 8x10 colored glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against the burglars (whom were NEVER caught). What a waste of my time and tax payers money!!"
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Barry, Just out of curiosity and as a retired cop, what did you want them to do? If they had come and not put on the Dog and Pony Show and made no attempt to find the person(s) who broke into your home, what would you have to say about them in that case? Al least they tried, not something I would think someone should complain about.

It's not the Ipod that they took, or the Police showing up with 10-12 Cops that is the most bothersome thin here. Someone came into your home without permission and went through your stuff. Thats what you should be PO'd about. That is the hardest thing to get past.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Be safe,
John

[Edited on 2/27/2010 by NYCScammer]

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  posted on 2/27/2010 at 03:33 PM
Yes, and it still harbors bad feelings whenever I think about, over 20 years ago, my house was broken into, my electric guitar and a few tapes were stolen. I had specially ordered a Doors tape - Absolutely Live - so no one I ran with heard this tape before - what a coincidence when I was at a keg party, I overheard someone singing the Break on Through version from this tape - I thought WTF? who goes around singing that? turns out it was someone I knew, but the only proof I had was this song.
Oh yeah, I got my guitar back, it had been stripped of the original paint but I still have it to this day.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:00 AM
Three times for my house, once for my car.
The hard part is getting past the rage, past the intense hatred. You know you have to let it go, but it takes work and discipline.

Still sucks big time though.

 
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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:11 AM
I forgot to mention that my apartment was burglarized when I lived in NYC. I walked in on the two people as they were looking through my closet. I almost felt bad for them after they were arrested and brought to the hospital. It took awhile for me to get over the rage and embarassment I felt when I found them. I say embarassment because I could not believe that I would let that happen to me. Doesn't make much sense to say that but that was how I felt along with the 'Why Me' feeling I had. I sold the place soon thereafter and moved back to Long Island.

Be safe.

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:41 AM
There is nothing that I despise more than a thief!

Years ago (70s-80s), I probably had the record for most car stereos stolen. Not sure, but I probably actually knew the thieves ... or they knew me.

Short version of a long story - I went to high school with several penny-ante types who grew up to be major burglars. They started out with car stereos (likely including several of mine) - made their way up to most anything that wasn't nailed down and graduated on to home burglaries, and armed robberies of convenience and liquor stores. I will say that most of these rats ended up getting nabbed and most served (or are serving) jail time.

I did "know" several of these guys well enough to learn their practices and routines.

About 20 years ago, Donna's parents came home to find their back door had been kicked in. They called us to tell us that apparently, nothing had been taken.

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After her dad told me that everything looked to be in order, I told him to check the following:

Television and VCR (VCR - gone!)
Guns and jewelry - gone!
Sterling silver service (knives and forks) - gone!
Prescription medicines - gone!

What I learned from my ..."associates' was that when they broke into houses - they wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible. In their practices, they learned where most of the "good stuff" is always kept.

Small televisions, VCRs (DVD's these days) are always right there in the den or family room. Takes about 10 seconds to snip or yank the cables out.

Jewelry and handguns - usually found in a dresser drawer (usually the top, right one) or a night stand. Consider some sort of home safe or locking cabinet for these.


Antique silverware - usually found in a nice wooden chest - right there on top of a serving credenza or china cabinet - they just pick it up and go.

Drugs - just open the medicine cabinet in the bathroom and sweep all of it into a paper bag - sort it out later.

These creeps told me that they routinely "case" neighborhoods out in advance. What they look for are cars parked in the same place during the day. TIP - if you've got multiple vehicles - move them around in your driveway througout the week. Make it look like someone is at home!

They look for darkness. Like shuffling your cars - leave a light or two on when you're not at home. Leave different ones on on different days. They look for patterns here, too.

Barking dogs are very effective! They annoy the crap out of you when you've got folks over, but even a neighbor's barking dog is a good deterrent.

Don't keep stuff in typical places! The silverware thing is the most obvious! Everybody likes to keep their antique chest on display, but these guys know exactly where to go for silver! Instead of keeping it on the china cabinet - consider storing it on a high closet shelf or under a bed.

I'm not real proud to know this stuff. These @ssholes do these burglaries for a living. Like I said - they're probably not in your house for more than 5 minutes before they leave with everything of any value.

Lastly - be a nosy neighbor! Get to know the folks in your area. Learn their habits - what types of cars they drive, if they're expecting deliveries - that kind of stuff. And if you see anything that makes you suspect a break-in - call 911. Try to get good descriptions of the people, their cars and license plate number if possible. Don't try to go John Wayne on 'em (unless they come into your home while you're in it). Some of these guys are armed. Shooting someone on the street is liable to open a bigger can of worms than you or your lawyer really want to get into. Good descriptions of the thieves and property will probably be more helpful.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:42 AM
Our house was broken into when i was a teenager. It happenned while we were on vacation. The only things stolen were our t.v. and a clock radio. My parents calld the cops, but nothing ever came of it. Word on the street had it being a friend of mine. He denied it, but I knew he was lying and beat his ass for it. This was back in 74 or 75 when huffing was really big. I was really pissed, because this guy was a friend.

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 08:24 PM
About 18 years ago, our brand new house - 6 months old. We had a 200 foot driveway up to our house. Both of our cars were gone on that Sunday afternoon for church. We drove up after church to see several police cars sitting in our driveway. According to the police, the burglars were probably watching us for a while, knowing what our habits were. WELL, they either couldn't read or just ignored the security sign at our house. They drove up, cut the screen on our porch, opened the door and then proceeded to take a crowbar to our windows - which wouldn't open (because we had security pins installed) so they then used their foot and kicked in the back door where the alarm went off immediately! Nothing was stolen as they left quickly, but the police officer that went into our house tracked red mud throughout the house. The alarm system paid for itself that day. I was angry, scared and felt violated knowing someone tried to steal from me. My daughter, who was 5 at the time, was scared to death for months and wouldn't sleep in her own bed. We never found out who broke in, but did find out that the officer that investigated - he was arrested later on that year for keeping items that were recovered from houses being broken into! Made me wonder if it was the crooked officer that was doing the B&E!

After that, we had to install a gate that went across our driveway and lock it each time we left so no one could drive up to the house while we were away. I despise criminals and people who think it is ok to take what isn't theirs! And I then ask myself, why do I work for a criminal attorney -LOL! Perhaps it is stare down and intimidate those low lifes who are charged with B&E in other places!

 

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