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shit. As I was drifting off to sleep, wishing I had pain medication for my torn up shoulder muscles, I heard a lot of alarming noises coming from the next room. At first I thought it was the cats being rambunctious but then I heard things being dropped.

I froze, I listened, I freaked out, ears ringing, the whole thing. Then I heard a person, in the hallway outside my room. Then I heard the front door being unlocked, opening, and then slamming shut. And then the big wrought iron gate slammed.

I jumped up and ran in to the hallway and locked the door, and looked in to the livingroom where one of the cats was peering out of a very open window at someone out there, trying to come in. I ran as far from that room as I could, to my housemate's room and told him someone had been in the house. We went back down the hallway together with a broom and looked around the livingroom to find none of the mess disturbed, none of the large cumbersome objects moved or shifted.

Only one thing was missing, a large mixer amplifier we were using as part of our soundsystem. So my housemate called the cops, they showed up, he gave them the story and then they left and that's that.

I don't feel safe, I don't feel safe.

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pippilina
Feb. 27th, 2002 03:20 am (UTC)
god that is messed up
i felt so safe living there, i didnt think it'd happen

i know a few people who have been robbed before, and at times the thieves have been violent. at least there was no encounter with the thief. or they didnt venture to any other rooms, god, that's so scary

maybe tom can put new locks on the window that opens.

caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 06:04 pm (UTC)
Grumpus
Yeah i'm really glad I have that nice big deadbolt on my door. I'm really glad I didn't go in there when I was about to. I heard the front door and then I ran and locked it so they couldn't come back in that way, but then I heard someone moving around under the window and freaked...

The new housemate is being a real ass about it, refusing to discuss it and making strange veiled accusations about "nasty thoughts about people living in this house". Uhh okay? Like what, I stole it? D stole it? Whatever. He's less than helpful. D was really cool and level-headed about it, freaked i'm sure but sane. It's a good thing T wasn't here and you know what i'm sayin'. I don't know. I feel really weird about this.

Do you think any of the people who came to see the stuff you were selling would be sketchy enough to come back? It seemed like whoever came in knew exactly what they wanted and were quite agile and quick about it, unplugging the mixer, passing up the Dvd player on top of it.... Bleh. I don't know.
pippilina
Mar. 1st, 2002 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: Grumpus
What?!!? M was suggesting that it was an INSIDE JOB? M really has a problem with trusting other people, he is weirdly suspicious of other people.

huh well there was ONe guy who was REALLY weird and sketchy like speedy and jumpy, from new york, but i dont think it was him. i mean anyone could have seen that amp from the street. you can sit in popeye's and scope out the living room

i dont think it helps when people make blind open vague accusations about other people in the house, like T did about his hotwheels.
caffeina
Mar. 1st, 2002 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Grumpus
CLEARLY, you masterminded this operation!

CLEARLY!

I mean, it's SO obvious!
sugaree
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:29 am (UTC)
*hugshugshugs* Change your locks. How did they get in. anyway? I think I'm confused.
caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:55 pm (UTC)
They came in the window, didn't force any locks or anything. We need to shore up the defenses on that window, that's for sure. It's way too easy for people to get in through there.
rizzo41
Feb. 27th, 2002 06:56 am (UTC)
Yikes! Good lord. booby trap the windows. Sprinkle shards of glass in the sills. Rig up a contraption so they will be tarred and feathered if they try to come in. Cover your electronics in flypaper. And for god's sake, Woman, get yourself something stronger than a broom!

I'm very sorry to hear about that. It is very scary. It's why it freaks me out so much to be living on the first floor with bars on only half the windows.

Good luck.
caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:54 pm (UTC)
I like the flypaper idea.

I kind of wish we had bars on our windows in the front, instead of just the back.
elysian23
Feb. 27th, 2002 07:15 am (UTC)
First of all, don't panic! I know it's easier said than done. You and your roomies were fortunate that you didn't have contact with the burglar. Also, odds are that the crook won't come back. Thirdly, it is possible that s/he was almost as frightened as you were - most burglars are cowards.

Anyway, by all means protect yourself. Use the buddy system in there - make sure at least two of you are home at all times. Look over your shoulder when you come home, and be watchful every time you leave.

Tell your landlord exactly what happened. I know he's a slacker so it may not help you much, but he should know that you do not feel safe right now. Anyway, he will probably have to approve any changes you make such as new locks and bars on the windows.

Pester the cops about your case - I assume you have an open case number from them - call the desk sergeant every couple of days, ask if there have been any leads, report anything else you remember to the investigator.
caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips. I think we're going to put a limiter on the window they came in through and ask that the 3' tall planter beneath the window be moved.

Bars would be nice but I doubt we'll get them.

This is something that has always horrified me, that someone would come inside my house and I would be the only one who noticed. And I should have called 911, but I was uncertain about what I was hearing... Unless they caught the guy red-handed leaving the house with our stuff, there's really not much the police can do in this case. We're pretty much screwed out of a nice mixer/amplifier.
postmaudlin
Feb. 27th, 2002 10:03 am (UTC)
yikes. that's totally, totally terrifying.

i'm so glad all y'all are safe...

d
caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:44 pm (UTC)
It's awful... I'm glad I didn't run in there to scold the kitties when I first heard noises. I keep running a little "Heroism equals Death" scenario over in my head. I think I did the right thing.

We're all thinking it may have been someone who was in the house before.
corradokid
Feb. 27th, 2002 03:41 pm (UTC)
ummmmmm.... holy poop. you're still at the place you were at before when i met you? did the front gate show signs of forced entry?

you and allan are should pain twinsies!!! he can give you a weather forecast based on how his shoulder feels....
caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:41 pm (UTC)
They came in through the front window, which was partially open, so it kind of falls on our own lameness, I guess. Bleah.

Booty and I have shoulder issues? It was hurting enough that I went in to the ER, stupidly, yesterday and they didn't do much except refer me to another hospital and tell me to take it easy. Um. Thanks. And the Dr. asked repeatedly if I did heroin or was homeless, I guess he figured that I was a drug seeker.
youtsk
Feb. 27th, 2002 08:52 pm (UTC)
But you ARE a drug seeker.
You ask me for drugs all the time.

Man, that sucks that someone would violate (like my word choice? VIOLATE) your sanctum.
caffeina
Feb. 27th, 2002 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: But you ARE a drug seeker.
I ask you for drugs because you are a dealer. I have a very legitimate painful thing going on here and am not accustomed to asking for medical help (advice from you, however, I am all over that). That guy yesterday was convinced I guess, by some earlier episode of E.R. he saw, pink haired girls in the ER are always junkies. Fuck western medicine. Fuck it good.

Um yeah. The whole robbery thing is just very very strange. Walking down the dark hallway is kind of sketchy. I keep checking the locks over and over. Bleagh.
gigabites
Feb. 27th, 2002 09:42 pm (UTC)
YEH, when it gets cold and/or before a rain, my bursitis acts up. My docs offer cordizone shots but um...needles...and I hate drugs...

So I use moist heating pads and good old chinese capsaisin plater patches. I have a shiatsu massager but it wasn't designed for my shoulder but gives me that "wonderful pain".

I wanna try those electronic muscle shocker things....
caffeina
Feb. 28th, 2002 12:00 am (UTC)
Re:
Oh the ones on tv or the real ones?

I don't have a joint thing, or any kind of -thritis, luckily. I tore up my muscles and probably strained my tendons and other good, wholesome stuff. I have to use ice packs and miserable anti-inflammatories. Bleh. I'm getting olllld.
gigabites
Feb. 28th, 2002 01:33 am (UTC)
Re:
well the TV ones i found on the Igia web site is only $40. so it might be worth a try. The real ones you need script from a doc.

I have a combination of things, since I walk on my shoulders....

icey hot patches work ok, but I like the chinese ones better cause they last longer and are stronger.
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