Sunday, February 19, 2012
Two weeks ago we were robbed, and we are still dealing with the after effects. The thief took more than expensive toys and equipment. He also robbed us of peace of mind. It was the spouse's stuff that was stolen, and he's the one who has had to deal with the police and the insurance company. He's also the one who feels the most violated. It was his shop that was ransacked. He's the one who still reaches for something in his workshop, and then realizes that it is gone. Everyday he discovers more items that are missing.
The spouse's pick-up was stolen in the robbery. The police found it a few hours after it was reported missing. It had been abandoned after it was driven over an embankment and into a tree. All the windows were broken out and it was throughly crunched and trashed. It's still at the body shop being repaired.
We've upgraded our security and bars have been installed on the shop windows. There's not much we can do about the sense of violation.
A week ago the spouse was in a local pawn shop and saw one of his stolen backpacks hanging on a display rack. The spouse was told that it was new merchandise, not pawned. The local police helped him to recover it from the pawn shop owner. She was not overly cooperative. There was no record of how they had acquired it. There was no question that the pack was our stolen item because it has several unique features. Apparently this was not the first time that this shop was found with stolen goods.
This morning the city police called to have the spouse come down to view items they had recovered from a suspect. The spouse came home with two bags full of some of his missing items. He's still missing a lot of stuff, but he's feeling better knowing that at least there is progress being made and that someone is in jail.
Me? I'm just glad that we're moving forward and putting this horrible experience behind us...and that bastard is sitting in the Umatilla County Jail!