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Monday Morning Blues

Well, this a lousy way to start a week.

Last night, shortly after I made my post about yesterday's Jets and Giants game, my office was broken into and burglarized.

We've been adding on a two-story library tower to the back of the house. The construction started in June and will continue to December. That's how they got in, entering through the back yard and construction area and ripping down the temporary plywood wall that separates the new rooms from the rest of the house.

They pulled open a lot of drawers, rummaged through a lot of stuff, and knocked over my computer monitor, but didn't get much of a haul, all in all. I lost a video iPod and a Bose docking station (although they overlooked the remote), plus two replica swords I had in a corner awaiting the end of construction, so I could hang them on a wall. So far as I can tell, that's all that's missing. They smashed the electronics on our safe, but were unable to open it. Some of the tools that the workmen had left at the construction site were also taken; a power saw, a few other things.

One of the swords was a gift from readers, a beautiful piece. That's the only real loss, though. Easy enough to replace the ipod. The second sword was junk.

(And no, they did NOT take my computers, so the hard drive where A DANCE WITH DRAGONS lives is still there, and safe, and I haven't lost any work. And yes, I back up regularly, so even if they had made off with the hardware, I have all the finished text saved on disk. So you can all come down off that ledge, please).

The most unsettling part of all this was the timing. I came over to the office last night after football to make my LJ post about the games and answer some emails. One of the mails in my in box was from a friend who wanted to come over and watch television. I said sure, then went back to the main house to tell Parris that our friend might be dropping over. She never did, so Parris and I watched ENTOURAGE and CALIFORNICATION and a couple of episodes of THE DAILY SHOW from last week that we'd TIVOed. Two hours worth of television. After which I went back to my office... and discovered the break-in. Spent the next couple of hours dealing with the cops and the aftermath of all this.

But if I hadn't gotten that email from our friend, I might have stayed in the office and continued to answer emails, which meant I would have been here when the thief (or thieves) broke into the construction site and then into the house. I would certainly have heard the sound of the plywood wall being ripped down. Most probably a shout from me would have sent them fleeing back into the night... but maybe not. I suppose I could have tried to drive them off with one of those replica swords, but I'm just as glad I didn't have to try. I am not exactly a figure to inspire terror in night stalkers.

All in all, we got off light, but it's still a crappy way to start the week, and I'll be spending most of today dealing with police, insurance companies, locksmiths, our alarm company, and the like. And somewhere out there, some asshole has my sword.


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Oct. 27th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well damn that sucks. Although if losing the sword was the worst that happened it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry your possessions were stolen, and I'm very happy you are safe. The thief or thieves will surely get their comeuppance.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I am sure that you have heard this before, but check the local pawn shops. I sell Starfire Swords on the renaissance festival/con circuit and have had a break in myself. I had almost $6k worth of swords stolen, roughly 10 pieces and recovered all but 2 of them at local pawn shops. The swords that were stolen were out of my personal collection rather then inventory so it menat a lot for me to get those back. So give a couple of them a call to be on the look out and that you would love to get the piece back and you might get lucky.
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
prolly most useful post so far, methinks.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
That's terrible, sorry to hear it. Hope they catch them.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm so sorry! Glad to hear that you are safe..you need a dog, a big, loud, terrible sounding dog.

That's nice though leaving the remote for the docking station behind, if it's the same one or similar to the one I have, should be pretty pointless without it.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
or, even better, a direwolf ;)
dogs, wolves? - nrefder - Oct. 28th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: dogs, wolves? - faile7 - Oct. 28th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hot break-ins can be sooo dangerous. I'm very happy to hear that the two of you are all right.

It's a shame you can't send them a bill for lost time if they're caught. And I'm with the_corbie ...yes, here's to hoping they are dumb enough to try and eBay the sword.

Oct. 27th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you and your wife were unharmed and that the loss was not too great.

It seems to be an unfortunate part of construction sites in NM, since it's easier to break in, the hodlums do! My neighbor, here in ABQ, had a very similar circumstance happen to her recently when construction for her addition was happening.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
As I said to Parris, I'm just glad that the two of you are OK.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
How horrible! I'm glad you and Parris are unscathed - however much you value the sword, safety is most important! Best of luck in dealing with the aftermath, and who knows? Maybe these idiots will get themselves caught.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Having been on the wrong side of both burglaries and muggings I can wholeheartedly relate. Its unfortunate about the sword, but as you said all other things are replaceable. I can't believe they went to all that trouble though, I hope your construction ends soon so you can put that behind you.
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I don't think I'd want to be on the "right" side of a burglary or a mugging, either.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry this happened to you.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Ouch that's bad :(

As for you not being there, maybe you were lucky; some thieves run away when they see people but some are capable of going quite far for a few junk items x____x

It's too bad for the sword that was a gift, but as long as you're safe it's all good.

Maybe you have a good karma, for quitting your office at the right time.

Hoping your week will finish better than what it began.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
The important most thing is that you are safe. It is better that something was stolen rather than you having to have that face off in the night was desperate thieves. Life is always more precious than objects. Ipods you can replace. Lives however hard much harder to come by.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that is so scary! I've sorry for what they took but am relieved that you are safe and weren't there when they showed up.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I believe things happen for a reason. If you are five minutes late leaving to go somewhere, it could be the five minutes that saves you from having a car accident. Your friend's phone call saved you from being there when the intruders turned up, and honestly, who can say what would have happened if they'd found you there unexpectedly? Especially if there were more than one of them. I am sorry that you lost a sword you love, but I would much rather be reading this post, than one telling us that you'd been hurt. I do hope you get the sword back though. I'm sure if you posted a photo and description of it, you'd have hundreds of people keeping their eyes open for it :)
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