Theft

Nov. 21st, 2009 12:59 am
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I chased a thief out of our kitchen tonight.

I was sitting in the front room typing on our shiny new laptop just after 10 pm when I heard a funny noise from the kitchen. At first I assumed it was a cat (ours or someone else's) - this would hardly be unusual! But it sounded odd so I went to look and found a stranger in the kitchen. Young, white, wearing a white tracksuit top1. I yelled at him and he legged it out of the back door, around onto the drive and out onto the street. I saw him disappear around the corner but it was dark, wet, I was wearing socks and I'd tripped over something on the drive. Common sense reasserted itself and I gave up!

Turns out the thing I stubbed my toe on in the drive was his push-bike, which I (perhaps stupidly) carted back into the kitchen and locked the door. Janet and Anna had been upstairs but Janet was pretty shocked when I told her and immediately rang the police. An officer came around within 10 minutes, during which time we tried to work out what if anything was missing. Finally Janet spotted that my work briefcase was gone - and I'd seen him holding some sort of bag as he exited our drive. As far as we can tell that's all he got. In the grand scheme of things it could have been a lot worse - we're often both upstairs, and all sorts of kit including the laptop would have been lying around.

All told it was over in about 15 seconds but it's still really annoying and fairly shocking. The police took my statement, took the bike to fingerprint and tomorrow they come to do more forensics and take my prints for reference. I did get a look at the thief and said I'm prepared to ID him, but whether I could actually pick his picture out in practice is another matter. The police officer was incredibly professional and supportive and I can't speak highly enough of the initial support we've had.

Needless to say we'll be making sure to lock the back door in the future, even if we're in and up and about. It's more the principle of the thing - to have an intruder in your home, to think what might have happened, and worry he might come back. Fortunately he can't have seen much so won't know what's in the house to steal and hopefully there's no incentive for him to come back. Thieves are complete bastards, really.
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1Shops at Chavs R Us, basically.

Date: 2009-11-21 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] fba.livejournal.com
*hugs*

horrible horrible thing to have a stranger uninvited in your home...

Date: 2009-11-21 09:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-21 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edda.livejournal.com
1.) He won't be back, I'd imagine. He knows you'll have marked him and called the police and is smart enough to avoid your place. Still, feeling creeped-out is pretty normal. I feel creeped-out just reading it.

2.) Shops at Chavs R Us, basically.

I applaud your ability to be funny in the midst of strain.

Date: 2009-11-21 10:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
Thanks. We had the Scene of Crime forensics woman around this morning fingerprinting the back door, so I was edjumakating our daughter in CSI.

Date: 2009-11-21 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] communicator.livejournal.com
Yes, horrible experience for you but he won't be back. Well done for chasing him off so efficiently. I hope there was nothing too valuable in the briefcase.

Date: 2009-11-21 09:46 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
Thanks. Nothing valuable but some important work in it including mildly confidential stuff. Particulalry annoying is detailed notes of a 2 hour meeting that will be a bugger to piece back together.

Date: 2009-11-21 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellardoor28.livejournal.com
Nasty - I'm v glad we were out when we were burgled, however horrible it was to come back and find the place ransacked.

Can they get prints off the bike?

Date: 2009-11-21 01:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
The Scene of Crime woman who dusted the back door this morning was on her way to dust the bike for prints. Fingers crossed!

Date: 2009-11-21 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
That must have been quite an alarming experience, I'm glad nobody was hurt and nothing too valuable was stolen.

Date: 2009-11-21 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brassyn.livejournal.com
That's a frightening thing to have happen, I am glad you are all ok.

Date: 2009-11-22 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] predictivememo.livejournal.com
More *hugs* to you guys :D

Date: 2009-11-25 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sieuesie.livejournal.com
Happened to me a few years ago. Sat in the living room thinking it was blooming cold, went into the kitchen and the back door was wide open. Bugger had taken my phone and handbag but I didn't notice that till the next morning.

We didn't even get SOCO, but I did get a dog.

It took ages for the nasty feeling to go away, and only time took it away. I still lock all my doors though.

Yes, thieves are complete bastards. They take not only your stuff (which really doesn't matter) but also your sense of security, safety and peace of mind.

Date: 2009-11-26 07:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
Sounds crap, and I know what you mean about the nasty feelings. I'm not sure about the relative merits of SOCO / Dog, unless the dog was an expert at fingerprinting.

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