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#919466 - 10/18/13 07:02 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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#919531 - 10/19/13 04:29 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Such bizarre happenings Sorta!
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#920659 - 10/25/13 08:38 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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And so it continues:

I've been checking the yard most mornings on my walk. In the past week, the 'area' has had activity 4 of 6 days that I've checked.

First was some rags or bedding outside the garage back window (the one the Hazmat guy put the bars back on). Then an old oil lamp showed up sitting on the block wall. 2 days later (sometime last night) the oil lamp disappeared and we found 'items' at the spot on the fence they always jump over.

Found an empty clear plastic ladies ring box outside the fence near the sidewalk, found a small handy 'nail puller' bar that construction workers use to remove windows and such. Found a wooden finial from either a piece of furniture or an old wooden clock AND found parts of a cardboard box which I'm guessing they carried stuff in and the box broke and that's when things scattered inside and outside the fence. Also found lots of plastic empty clear bags that probably had stuff in them scattered all over the back yard. These guys are having a shopping spree with no intervention.

Now my problem is: Should I just ignore it all? I think it's my best idea. Neither the police nor the guy's niece (who I figure has power of attorney) care about what's going on. If I call the Realtor (he asked me to keep watch) HE will probably not do anything because he can't show the place with the Hazmat tape all over.

If I tell the old 'caretaker' he will probably try to fix things and get arrested by accident because nobody knows who is breaking in and stealing things.

If I call the police, they will come, look around, tell me nobody is in charge to call and they won't know if anything is missing and then insinuate that I'm not in control of my faculties.

All I know is someone (probably those 2 guys I saw hopping the fence and running into a yard across the street) is breaking in nightly and doing their 'shopping'. Things are disappearing. The things they dropped will probably be gone tomorrow morning (it's happened that way in the past).

So I'm biting my tongue. It's getting very very sore. Can't do anything to help without being told that nothing can be done without someone being in 'charge' and the 'in charge' person lives in South Carolina and has no intention of doing anything.

My worry is that these guys won't stop at empty houses but will break into anything they think they can. Not a good feeling. I'm almost certain that they live in a trailer in the 'tow yard' across the street. Makes a lot of sense since people were home that day I saw them run across into that yard and nobody seemed concerned that 2 guys just ran by them. Hummmmm.

Arrraaaghhh!
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#920663 - 10/25/13 08:49 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Look at it this way Sorta. The people doing this are clearly crooks and karma has a way of catching up to people. If it is a hazardous environment then they will get their due.
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#920699 - 10/26/13 04:14 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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It doesn't sound good Sorta. Ana is right sooner or later they will get their due!
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#920735 - 10/26/13 11:51 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Maybe you should get a neon colored posterboard and write down the results of mercury poisoning and then finish with a dire warning - something like "If you have breathed vapors in this house or touched anything inside, you need to see a doctor immediately or you might DIE" and then post it by their main access point. The thieves probably can't read, but what the heck, it's worth a try. They are probably too stupid to know that HAZMAT means Hazardous Materials.
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#920738 - 10/26/13 12:04 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Loving your comments all! I especially like the huge sign about Hazmat. Ha. I'm so anxious to see what goodies they have 'dropped' today when I go for my walk. Always something new. You would think the people right next door, with windows facing the yard, would see SOMETHING!

It's an older couple, but the guy next to them is the one who called in the police on the last break-in and the one who trimmed the tree back so the house and yard could be seen better. All that did was give the fence jumpers a clearer path to hopping over it. So funny.

I'm almost certain the 'shoppers' are living right across the street. If I was a nightowl, I'd stay up tonight and watch for them to approach then shine a mega powered flashlight on them (from a distance) OR shoot off some flash pictures. Probably wouldn't get a good picture but the flash might scare them.

My 83 year old neighbor lady and partner in crime had the best comment, "With all the stuff the robbers are taking, it just means that The Snake (who is greedily waiting to get his hands on all the hoarded stuff), will get less and less as it goes on". That made me smile. The more they take, the less he will 'profit' from his evil ways. Loving it. rotfl
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#920752 - 10/26/13 02:01 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Hey Sorta, make a sign stating,"When inside this house, breath deeply and often".

And to think that the most exciting thing here was when my neighbor cut down some trees in her yard and I felt badly.

Don't bother with them -who said we weave our own webs/traps.
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#920781 - 10/26/13 07:25 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Good advice Yankee. I would love to put up signs. Too bad I can't enter the property. I would have made the perfect concerned person to guard and take care of it (other than the original 'caretaker' who lived with the old guy).

The whole snafu is so sad. Nobody cares about poor old guy or the responsible and caring guy. All they want is $$$ from whatever they can sell. Terrible.

I'm still watching over it, but can't do a darned thing to really help. My best interactions are with the Hazmat guy who is probably the only sane one I've seen. woozy
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#920929 - 10/27/13 08:05 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Since Hazmat guy posted signs, give him a call. Let him know the local yocals aren't policing a hazardous area as they were told, and you know someone is taking things from the house. Someone scattering hazardous material around should get his attention.

Either that or hot wire the fence so the thieves will get a charge out of their escapade. (just joking, seriously joking, sort of.)

Orrrr...you do have a police commissioner, right? Maybe it's time to call that person and provide enlightenment as to the ineffectiveness of the street police.
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#920942 - 10/27/13 10:02 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I agree with Homer6. The HazMat issues add a whole additional layer of liability to this issue. I maintained a 40 hour certification in Hazardous Materials for my entire career and they need to be made aware of this situation.
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#921083 - 10/28/13 07:50 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Hummm. Don't think we have a police commissioner. We do have a chief of police. Right now all of our law enforcement crew is mad about low pay and layoffs. Maybe that's why they do nothing about this empty house.

The Niece who seems to have taken charge won't let anyone 'help' her except the Snake guy. We have all volunteered, but she won't give phone numbers, or addresses, or even tell anyone WHO the person is to contact in an emergency. The police are frustrated by repeated break-in calls and nobody to contact to meet them there to let them in. OH and now there won't be any going in because of the Hazmat posting. Oh what a mess.

For sure the Hazmat issue should get someone's attention. I'm seriously thinking about calling a local TV station who has an 'investigator' who does segments about stuff like this. If it made the evening news, maybe someone might do something about it.

I'm just so frustrated that nobody seems to care except for the $$$ they can get from this old guy's estate. What a horrible situation. I'm almost wishing that it would burn down. The neighbors worry about that too. Eventually someone will probably break into the house proper or just light the garage (which is full of STUFF) on fire and it will all be over.

But then again, it keeps me busy watching the doings around there. rotfl
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#921272 - 10/30/13 01:20 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Because of the hazardous environment, and now the possibility of fire, as you say Sorta, the TV reporter may be your best bet to get something done before it hits the fan.

Why wait until everyone is threatened before taking action. If the Hazmat guy won't take stronger action, and the police pouting about something that has nothing to do with this situation, then it's time to let everyone know just how this entire situation is being handled. At the most, someone will have their buns roasted over an open fire if/when it airs and be forced to finally take action. Niece or no niece.
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#921323 - 10/30/13 09:02 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I'm with Homer on this. It's a danger to the entire neighborhood. This is a fire you don't want to happen - the air quality issues alone would frighten me.
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#921342 - 10/30/13 12:04 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I'm going to do it. Actually I'm going to get someone else to do it for me. Ha. The 'caretaker' and his ex girlfriend (the one who boxed up all the stuff in hopes of getting the guy back into his home), are the best for this.

Gonna call Him and then Her and give them the phone number of the Turko Files. That's our local news out and about clean up the world guy. This could be a great story.

Hopefully I can give them enough prodding and get them to enlist the help of 'neighbors' who called in the last police 'raid'. Then the TV station would have lots of people who would complain about the Hazards, the Burglaries, and all the other stuff going on.

Yup, I'm on it. thumbsup
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