Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WE WERE ROBBED!

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 !

18 comments:

KimV said...

Melody! I am so sorry you had to go through that!!! I'm so sorry for your beautiful front entry!
Doesn't that just anger you???
I had someone in my trees one summer when I lived out in the country... no reason for anyone to be in my trees... at midnight! They even parked about 1/4 mile down the road and walked to my house! I know how you feel... violated!!! It makes you so mad that they make you feel uncomfortable in your own home! Good for you to get a security alarm system! I will be thinking of you!
KimV

Jean in Georgia said...

Oh, I am so sorry. I went through a robbery when I was right out of college, and you're right... it's a horrible feeling of being violated. Prayers of thanks that neither of you were home at the time. It's annoying that your stuff is gone, but your lives are much more precious.

Hugs to both of you!!!

Susan said...

Melody, I'm glad you and your husband are safe, but so sorry that you had to go through this experience. Wishing you some quiet time to help you regain your peace of mind.

Hugs!!

Jackie said...

I'm SO glad that they came when you and Jody were gone and so glad that you now have an alarm system. I know that ours gives me a lot of peace of mind. Just don't get into the habit of not setting it. Big hugs!

Margaret said...

Melody -- how awful! I'm so sorry you had to go through this. Thank God you and Jodi are safe at least. Hugs to you. Oh it gives me the shivers. I'm glad you got the security system.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Melody ~ I am so sorry about the robbery but am glad that you both are safe and sound. How scary.
Lauren

Corrina said...

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry!

Deb said...

Melody, how absolutely scary and horrible! Thank goodness that no one was home (although that may have scared them away) or that no one walked in on them! You feel so absolutely violated when something like that happens to you. I had something like that happen when I was living in a condo years ago. It took me a long time to feel comfortable in my own place! Glad that you got the security system and hopefully this will bring both you and your husband peace of mind.

BeFRuiTFuL said...

I am so sorry to hear this. It makes one feel horrible and vulnerable. I hope that these feeling will soon dim for you. May God hold you up close.

JoEllen

Karoline said...

{{{Melody}}} How horrible

Tanya said...

How awful! I am sorry this happened to you. Take care! I hope they catch the crooks soon.

Siobhan said...

Oh gosh, Melody, I am so sorry!!! I can imagine how absolutely freaked out you are. The determination that they showed in getting into your house makes me glad that you weren't there or didn't come home & surprise them. I can only imagine what they could have done. (((((((Melody))))))) I am sure you are just beside yourself. I hope they catch them!!

Jan said...

{{{{{Mel}}}}}} I know what a horrible time this has been for you! I sure hope everything with the insurance company gets finalized soon! You and Jody are in my prayers, dear heart!

Gayle said...

What a horrible experience you had! I can't even imagine how violated you must be feeling. Hope your life can resume some normalcy after such a trauma.

Kim said...

Melody that is horrible!! Sends shivers up my spine....I can't imagine how that felt!! Hope things are getting back to normal for you.

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

Oh Melody!!! How absolutely horrible! I am devastated for you and can't imagine how awful you must feel. Thanks goodness you are getting a security alarm- I like having ours especially when DH travels. When I lived in Chicago I was mugged and I remember stacking furniture by the door of my apt that night as the mugger had my address, keys & everything. My dad drove 3 hours to come and change my locks for me. It's so scary to be the victim of crime. And also the loss of things you loved. I hope they catch the nasty people.

Sheri said...

Hi, I just found your blog via rugs and pugs. I'm sorry to read about your break in on my first reading. Come and visit me, I am having a give away! I hope you get over your uneasy feeling at home.

~mj~ said...

I`m so sorry this happened to you Melody. I have never been robbed, but I can imagine how freaked you are. I hope things settle for you, and you can feel safe again. (((hugs)))