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Tonight, I fully intended to have my first post titled, “You bought it, now use it”.  That is not to be.

About 3 am this morning, we heard Scooter barking in his basement kennel. Usually when he does this, he has an urgent need to poop. Mr C went down to get him, he came up and did not want to go outside. Instead he was running crazy around our tv room, the dining room and the kitchen. Steve finally put him back in his kennel. We heard a few more barks from him.

When I got up this morning, the first thing I saw was my purse on the kitchen floor with money strewn about. The  contents had been dumped on the counter and ransacked. I screamed for Mr C. We then looked in the tv room and discovered both laptops, my iPad and two cameras were gone. In the living room, our iPod loaded with all our music was gone.

I think that when Mr C arrived with Scooter, the burglar was scared off as he was ransacking my purse. He got my iPhone, but my credit cards were not gone. I had stuck some business cards in my change purse. He grabbed those, thinking they were credit cards. Ha! At least I did not have to deal with calling all the credit card companies and getting a new driver’s license.

I spent the morning changing passwords and trying to cover any tracks of things that might be on my laptop. I have tried to activate Find my iPhone and Find my IPad, but nothing yet. Apparently, the devices have to be on for that to work. A very nice policewoman came very quickly. All of the serial numbers are in their system. Pawn shops are supposed to  check for stolen items in the system. I am checking Craig’s list every couple of hours.

I have my desktop downstairs. Every thing is backed up on Carbonite on line. No one was hurt. I have to be thankful for the good things.

Even if I had gotten some work done, I would not have been able to take a photo. Steph is going to loan me one of their cameras.  I have ordered a new iPhone. Should arrive next week. The insurance adjuster is coming on Monday. We have $500 deductible.

I think it might be good for me to be less connected for a few days.

You are wondering how he got in – the back door was not locked. Mr C and I have been married for over 47  years and never had a burglary. IMy car was broken into once. It is such a feeling of violation.

I will be back when I can take some photos.

27 Responses to “Violated”

  1. This is so creepy! What nerve! The sense of violation, of trespass is there in situations like this. Count your blessings; no one hurt, the dog is OK, and you’ll be more alert. Take care!

  2. Diane D. says:

    Gerrie, I just saw this today and am so sorry!

  3. dee says:

    What an awful thin to happen. I’m glad nothing happened to you two and things can be replaced. It doesn’t take away the feeling that you are vulnerable in a place you have always felt safe.
    We started locking our doors last year after a bunch of very frightening house break-ins that happened too close to us.
    Good boy that Scooter.

  4. June says:

    So so sorry that this happened. It’s good that you are both (scooter, too) are safe and well. Take care.

  5. Lorraine says:

    So sorry this happened to you. It is so creepy to think of someone being in your house while you are asleep. (From a regular reader, though we don’t know each other!)

  6. Judy says:

    Yikes Gerrie! How awful!!!! But good old Scooter probably saved the day! Isn’t it amazing that that idiot rooted around until he found an unlocked door? (I worry about that here as we have so many doors!) I’m so thankful that you and Steve are OK. You are right: that is what is important, but still the feeling of violation is so hard to be rid of. Bottom line is that in this day and age no matter what, we have to be careful and always watch our backs!

    Glad to know you are safe and well…and still really kicking hard!


  7. Pammyfay says:

    I’m feeling goosebumps. Glad nobody was hurt, but I’m sure that the house will have an eerie feeling for you, Mr. C and Scooter for a while. It’s a good thing Scooter was in a kennel; I could just imagine an annoyed burglar giving him a kick. How close are your neighbors–maybe you should ask them if they have any footprints near their basement doors/windows? Maybe this burglar hit some other nearby homes? I think I’d need to take a tranquilizer and a long nap after this…

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  9. Mary K says:

    Sorry to hear about your home invasion. I know that feeling of violation even though it has been over twenty years since something like that happened to me. I think the thing I missed the most was the pictures that I had taken with my camera that was stolen. Glad you all are ok.

  10. Oh, how awful to feel invaded. I am so sorry. Your backups were so smart. Good for Scotter — he deserves extra attention and love.
    I’m glad you were unharmed.

  11. So sorry to hear about your invasion. I’m sure you are thankful for a dog that barks. Smart to have everything backed up. I haven’t done that and I will certainly have to think seriously about doing so.

  12. Karen Rips says:

    Ooohh, I’m so angry for you, this kind of thing leaves a bad feeling i that I hope goes away quickly. Good dog Scooter is right, I think he may have prevented further damage.

  13. Bec Clarke says:

    Oh that would be the worst realising they had been in while you were there.
    Sorry to hear your peace has been disturbed and you will have to make sure you lock your doors now!!!
    Hope you get all your life back together soon.

  14. Connie Rose says:

    I’m so sorry, sweetie. It IS such a violation. Glad you’re all okay.

  15. Francoise says:

    This is awful Gerrie. I’m glad no one was hurt. Good Scooter!

  16. Janice says:

    I think I should mention this for everyone’s saftey. There’s a knock out on the back of most slider door handle locks that if knocked out allows the latch to be unlocked with a screw driver. The best way to secure a sliding glass door is with a wooden dowel dropped into it’s track. Those locks that look like a nail can be jiggled out and if installed incorrectly can actually break the glass. Please everyone use your locks and your common sense.

  17. Jeannie says:

    Gerrie, my heart goes out to you. I know how violated you feel and how angry. Thankful that no one was hurt. I nominate Scooter for hero dog of the week. Hugs.

  18. Janice says:

    Good Dog Scooter, extra treats for you and a nice belly rub is in order.

  19. Vicki W says:

    I am so sorry to hear that this happened to you but am so happy that no one was hurt! We live in the boonies and leave our doors unlocked often too. We have so many windows that I don’t think it would matter much. I hope that you can get your things replaced soon and get on with your life. I know it will take a while to get over the creepiness of it but I hope that passes soon too!

  20. rayna says:

    omg, Gerrie. How awful – but yes, thank goodness nobody was hurt or worse and that you scared him off before he got your credit cards. That is a major pain in the butt!

    Hope you are back soon.

  21. Susan says:

    So one has to wonder how this guy picked a house with an unlocked door…. you can be sure he did not go door to door trying handles…..

    You seem to have done everything right….. I am not so sure I could put my finger on all numbers and phone contacts to freeze assets…. and I sure would miss the photos that are now on the computer and not in an album….. as not much is backed up in my house.

    All of us will take this as a wake up call, some louder than other….

  22. Connie Akers says:

    That is such a distressing thing to happen but thankfully you weren’t hurt. Good luck getting back to normal.

  23. jenclair says:

    I’m so sorry, Gerrie! It is a violation, not only of your home, but of your sense of security and trust. Good for Scooter. The best thing is that he frightened your intruder enough to get him out of the house before Mr. C came downstairs!

  24. ginger says:

    yuck…sorry….that’s an awful feeling…..we put baby monitors in our out-buildings after a spate of such intrusions ….so far we have only caught each-other…and we live out in the boondocks where you would think it was just too much trouble….but meth is everywhere….I guess…glad you have scooter…he is a good dog…can he be loose at night now that he is a teenager?

  25. reva says:

    Again, Gerrie, I’m so sorry this happened to you and Steve. As I said elsewhere, we were hit three times when we lived in the Bay Area, once at night when we were home. The first time was the worst in terms of property loss — some family jewelry and other items of sentimental value. The second time — we suspect it was the same perp — they got nothing. This was all in the day before small, portable, expensive-for-the-size consumer electronics. Anyway, I know that sense of violation well, and am here to talk if you want to. And Scooter: SUCH a good boy!

  26. Carol says:

    What a terrible feeling. So glad you were all unharmed.
    Hope all settles down soon and you and your family can find peace and comfort again.
    take care.

  27. teri says:

    Oh Gerrie, I am SO sorry. Happy no one was hurt though. Keep checking the Finder apps. Someone will turn one of the items on in the next 24-48 hours. I loaded it on my computer too.

    Sad that now you have to lock up. I don’t think any place is safe any more. I even had an alarm systems installed in Nova Scotia because we have groups of teens and pre-teens who have been breaking in…and I live at the busiest intersection of the village!

    Big hugs to both of you…..