One week ago today I got a frantic phone call from Jody saying our house had been broken into and ransacked. I was in St Augustine at the time with my folks about to go out and have a nice dinner . I was twice as far away from the house as if I had been at the office so it was a very long ride home.
Once I arrived there - it was shocking to see what they had done to my beautiful front door. We live in a craftman home with lots of glass and wood and the front entry way was completely demolished. I had 9 panes of glass in the upper portion of the door - apparently they first broke that and tried to reach in and open the door but our dead bolt opens with a key so then they started trying to pry open the dead bolt which never did give away so apparently they started kicking or ramming the bottom section of the door until it gave away and they were able to crawl in thru the bottom of the door.
Every drawer in my house was turned out into the floor - the master was a complete wreck - they took all my gold jewelry, lots of silver jewelry, my sony cyber shot, 2 handguns, 5 expensive purses (coach, dooney Brahmin) and loaded it all into my Samsonite pull piece of luggage and took off out the kitchen door. I live in an area where I am surrounded by retirees - no one said they saw or heard anything at all. According to the detective - it is a ring of thieves that has been hitting that area and doing this smash and grab.
We now have an alarm system in the house which give some slight peace of mind.
It is a really creepy feeling to know that someone was watching your house, watching when you were home, what you drove, when you came and went and so forth. I'm just thankful they did not do any malicious destruction like overrun toliets, squirt ketchup on the walls or worse yet my hooked rugs. Funny thing - they did not take any electronics other than the camera - I think they must have been scared off. I am so extremely thankful Jody did not walk in on them and possibly get shot with our own gun.
So - that is why I've been out of touch for the past week. To have your space invaded like this is very disconcerting - I did start Mary Wigham last night while my folks were there spending the night. I guess my subconscious was relaxed enough about being protected by my dad's 357 that I could focus on stitching a little bit. Other than that - I have not gotten much accomplished in the past week.
Not sure when I'll be able to show photos again - I have a new IPhone and maybe I can do some photos from that and download to my webshots.
Just wanted to update my friends on the details of the break in. Be safe everyone !
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