Last night we took my Mom out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. We
arrived back home at about 9:30 pm. Mom went to bed shortly thereafter
but both David and I were still awake for a couple more hours. David
was watching television in our family room and I went to bed and turned on
an old movie. Neither of us sleep very well at night and often get up to
get a glass of water or to let Bentley out if he wants. It all seemed like
a normal night.
This morning I was starting to cook breakfast and noticed that I did not
have enough eggs, so I went out to the garage where we keep a second
refrigerator knowing that I had another dozen eggs out there. Let
me describe our set up. Our house is attached to the garage by a
covered breezeway. There is a side door into the garage that is
accessed by this breezeway. As I walked out to the breezeway to
enter the garage I noticed that the door to the furnace room was open
(this is also accessed through the breezeway). I knew it was not left
open when we came home in the evening. I also know that all of us are
very careful not to keep any of these doors open because the stray cats
in our neighborhood will go inside. I checked to see that there was not
a cat inside, then closed the door.
Then I went into the garage and noticed that things were scattered
about and that boxes were opened on top of the freezer. I went back
inside the house to ask David about this. He had not been in the garage
and came out to see what was going on. When we looked around we
noticed things missing. Then we noticed that all four tires on my jeep
had been slashed. The glove box was open and all the papers were
pulled out and that someone had slashed all the way through the
driver's seat. I went inside and called the police.
When the police arrived, photos were taken and an inventory of
stolen items were listed. But here is what scares me. We noticed a
plastic case with waffled foam inside open on the garage floor.
The policeman asked if it was ours. It was not, but then he noticed
that there were pellets inside the case. Pellets that would be used
in a pellet gun. We are assuming that the thief left the case since
his arms were full of things he was taking from us. What would
have happened if one of us heard the noise outside and checked to
see what it was? Would the thief have used a pellet gun on us?
I am very nervous now. I know that it is over and we are all
safe, but I feel so violated and frightened. I can't bring myself
to look at my Jeep. I have always taken such good care of it.
I know it can be fixed but it still hurts. I doubt very much if I
will get any sleep tonight.
Susan and Bentley