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#924308 - 11/13/13 03:02 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 7412
Loc: San Diego, CA
Just when you thought it was all calming down:

Yesterday morning, we went for the usual walk. First time since Thursday morning since my walking partner had his parents visiting.

I noticed from across the street that the chain and lock on the security door on the old guy's house was NOT in the right position. I walked over and saw the chain hanging, lock still attached but nothing attached to the security door itself. Door was slightly open and the 'caution' tape from Hazmat was stretched and tucked inside so it only looked intact.

On the ground in front of the steps nearest the street was a lovely wooden OLD tool box and on top of that was a lucite box with tons of watch parts (springs, wheels, etc.). Just sitting there in full view of the sidewalk tucked into the corner.

So I came home, called the Hazmat guy whose office is about 30-45 minutes North and he said he was coming down immediately. Nice guy.

He came, took pictures verifying everything, and then used HIS chain and new locks to secure the door after putting the 'loot' back inside. Because of legal reasons he shouldn't have even done that but it seemed the best remedy.

Inside the lovely tool box was a hoard of EXPENSIVE finely crafted watchmaker tools. Probably for Rolex (he was certified) and they looked so shiny and like surgical grade. Oh how I wanted to get a closer look. Beautiful stuff. Insanely valuable.

Turns out the chain on the door had been CUT TWICE to remove it and must have been a very strong guy with major bolt cutters. That chain was BIG. We figured the burglars probably got interrupted or forgot to take that little pile of stuff. Report taken by Hazmat.

Hazmat guy called the realtor, then the police, then the Niece (got the hubby) and explained it all and that he had used his locks and he would need to be there if they needed to get in. Nice.

Also found out that he now has permission to FINISH his cleanup and is only waiting for someone who has the authority to be there. Should be soon.

BUT THEN (you thought this was all done huh?) shame last night (since we figured the thieves would surely come back for their lost loot, would be back, I monitored my security camera and lo and behold at 9:00pm sharp, an SUV drove up and two guys jumped out and ran to the side of the house nearest me and tried to jump the fence!

Then they realized that wasn't working, so they ran back to the 'usual' area in the parking spot where everyone goes over. I couldn't just sit here so I walked across the street, crossed the other street and CASUALLY walked by their car (got the license number!). Didn't worry about being spotted because a lot of people were out walking at that hour.

I casually walked by, not even looking in their direction but hearing chains rattling, and as I did THEY jumped back over the fence, directly behind me and so close I could feel the rush of wind, and got in their car and U-turned and went South on the next street. Didn't even stop for the sign. Don't panic, my male friend was within 20 feet of me at all times and was watching the guys closely.

After investigating I saw they didn't get in, chain was secure BUT they scooped up some little junky stuff on the ground (little metal parts of something AND 3 of those plastic balls they put in the jumping pits for kids. Why they took the balls I will never know.

Called the Hazmat guy this morning to report all the doings, and gave him the License plate number. He will turn that over to the police. We now figure these guys (who acted like the proverbial keystone cops) didn't know WHICH set of steps the stuff was stashed, so they went to the actual FRONT steps first (which nobody ever uses) then didn't find the box and tools so they went to the back steps, still didn't find the loot, tried the door and finally in desperation, scarfed up those little nothings. Very funny.

THEN an hour later, another car drove right into the driveway with high beams on and sat there for about 2 minutes. Nobody got out, nothing. THEY backed out so fast they almost hit the curb on the opposite side of the street, and zoomed off in the same direction as the first car, not stopping for the sign, etc. I'm thinking they SENT the other flunkies to retrieve the loot and didn't believe them when they said they couldn't find it.

So now I wait to see what happens next. It's a very busy time around here. At least I got the License plate, descriptions of the 2 guys, and a general description of the SUV. Might help someone somewhere along the way.

Doing my part for Good vs Evil. dance
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#924315 - 11/13/13 03:24 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 10208
Loc: In Missouri near St. Louis
I'm just glad that the Hazmat guy actually seems to have a handle on this. Like I said before, there is some hazardous materials liability here. If the cops ignore all these calls and reports and someone gets hurt, they are looking at some potential problems for themselves.
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#924402 - 11/14/13 03:04 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Draclvr]
Homer6 Offline
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Registered: 04/18/02
Posts: 5568
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
This is all so ridiculous. The constant burglaries at the same house should spurn law enforcement into action. If they're tired of responding to this location then it would make sense to stake it out and haul in whomever they catch trying to enter the house.

Are they going to wait until someone is hurt, or killed, before finally putting an end to all this? Hope this all ends without injuries.
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#924409 - 11/14/13 05:14 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 17608
Loc: Marlborough USA
Goodness Sorta so much drama! You be careful!
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#924486 - 11/14/13 11:50 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
Sorta Blonde Offline
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Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 7412
Loc: San Diego, CA
I so wish our Police department would take this seriously. They just all come over, stand around, chat with each other, do a 'walk around' of the little lot and then leave. No reports, nothing. They told me (and I guess it's the law?), that unless the 'contact person' is THERE they cannot enter, report, collect any items, do fingerprints, etc.

The contact person is in South Carolina. The guy who is local (who forced the caretaker/friend guy to back off for fear of being arrested..all bogus stuff)won't answer his phone or refuses to appear unless he wants to.

Even when there was a totally ripped off door, and a PILE of clocks and other goodies stacked outside it, all the police did was toss the stuff back inside and tell the caretaker (who I had called) to nail the door back on. He did. Nothing else done.

Insurance guy (who is really a good guy) says unless the 'owner' who is the guy with Dementia and is permanently in the nursing home, makes a claim, he can't do anything. Police would do report IF someone in 'authority' would make a list of missing items. Duh! Who besides the owner, who can't do anything, would even begin to guess what was missing from the hoarded house. I really mean hoarded (just like on TV).

BUT the bright spot in all this is that Hazmat guy. He's concerned, he doesn't belittle anyone, he does what he can to fix things, AND he finally is in contact with the Realtor, Police, Niece, and the Snake each time he comes over when I call.

Hopefully this will all be handled in the next month. Hazmat guy is optimistic.

Going on my walk around later and will report back if any new break-ins. Hopefully there will be nothing to report.
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