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Stealing sucks!

Stealing what you might ask? Well, stealing my AV hardware and software, that’s what. Not only have I had my basement flood this year leaving me with my home theater basement trashed, but now I actually had someone come into my home and steal my PS3 console, 4 controllers (silver import rumble units), several games, a DVI gear HDMI cable, my kid’s DS units, and my wife’s purse!

Yes, that’s right, while were sleeping in the rooms above, this crime was perpetrated upon me and my family. Now, of course, I feel the loss of my game consoles, but taking the purse? Come ON!! Our whole identity is in that thing. Credit cards, account numbers, medical information, the whole works? Yes, I won’t be watching any Blu-ray movies any time soon, as I still haven’t fixed my basement room from my last disaster. Of course, it’ll be even harder now! Guess what, the thief was so picky, they didn’t steal the Nintendo WII just below it or the games or controller for that system. They certainly didn’t take the HD-DVD player. And my Denon receiver is still sitting happily in it’s place. Ok, so they left most of the cool stuff… But I am losing fast here, people! Flood = No theater, Stealing = No PS3 and possibly no identity/credit ever in the future!! Man, I don’t think my insurance company is going to be happy. It’s probably just enough stuff to not meet my deductible anyway… Of course, now I have to change all the locks on my house and one of my cars. Darn electronic Car Keys! *sigh*

So, I should sell off all my electronics, keep some light bulbs around and maybe pick up reading as a hobby. You have to steal a lot of books to equal the loss I had in one night. Anyone want the remains of a once very cool home theater system? Heck, I’ll even sell you the house! Yep, Ames, Iowa is a pretty nice place to live. Low crime and very dry this time of year, too! 🙂

On the good side of things, the person who invaded my home left my family alone. We aren’t bleeding to death or raped or anything like that. We are all healthy and ready for the next disaster. Don’t these things come in threes? Or was that sevens? Anyway… Alive, undamaged, frustrated, perhaps a bit angry… But yeah, stealing sucks…

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  1. August 4th, 2008 at 11:52 | #1

    The fact they did it while you slept is creepy. But also good that there was no run in with them and you are safe.

    You can blame Toshiba and Microsoft. If they would have made HDDVD a success no one would have stolen your PS3. In fact I would sue Microsoft for this.

    But regardless at least you have insurance. And no one was hurt, but sounds like you need to beef up security. With the age of computing and camera options you could have a nice surveillance setup.

  2. August 6th, 2008 at 16:13 | #2

    Well, an interesting turn of events has occurred. It seems that my wife’s purse was dumped off in the neighbor’s shed. A plastic bin in their shed was gone, which I assume was used for carrying my PS3, games, controllers and Game boys. I guess they grabbed more than they could handle. It is a huge relief to have the purse back, and everything seemed to be in it, except the house key. Too bad for them that I changed all the locks the next day. I guess that key won’t work. 😛

    I think I am going to add some motion sensor lights to the side and back doors here pretty quick. It would seem weird to have a camera system, but I do know they are pretty cheep these days. Oh, and did I mention that they left one of the PS3 games? They actually ejected the kids game from the console, and threw it on the floor. Yep, there is a finger print on the disc as well as a shoe print. Perhaps we might find the perpetrators! I really feel blessed by getting the purse back virtually untouched. ID theft seems extremely unlikely now. Whew!!

  3. AustinM
    August 7th, 2008 at 10:32 | #3

    Hopefully your local police will be interested enough to actually run with the evidence you’ve provided.

  4. August 11th, 2008 at 14:22 | #4

    You pretty much have to catch the criminals yourself and present them to the police duct-taped in order to get their attention… and only then because they’ll arrest you for taking the law into your own hands.

    They are FAR too busy handing out speeding tickets to raise revenues for the county.

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