Some of you already know but sometime over the weekend from 10:30am on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday, we were robbed. We were gone for less than 36 hours and someone got in.
My first thought when Micah yelled that the house had been broken into was that they broke the window on the door and unlocked it. Turns out they just kicked the door in. It was double locked but we needed more.
We feel really lucky that they didn't trash the house and that they didn't take more. Micah's work laptop is gone. We also lost our digital camera, small JBL bookshelf system, all the good and unopened liquor, a majority of the Christmas presents we bought for the kids, all the presents my sister sent for us, some cash and some jewelry (nothing expensive). They also took two Timbuk2 bags and few small items. They tried to steal the small flat screen TV in our room but got frustrated. Our friends lent us a bamboo tablet to try out (for InDesign) but that wasn't taken. The thieves did take it out of the box and inspect it before deciding they didn't want it.
The big thing that was taken were my keys. They stole my keys and we think that they were planning to come back. The back door was unlocked and a guitar was leaning against the wall next to the door.
Actually, we're 95% sure they intended to come because we think someone did around 10:30pm last night. Micah spotted someone pacing in front of our house as he was walking up the stairs to the kitchen. The man was talking on the phone and staring up at the house. Dark clothing, hood up and looking out of place. I called the cops who happen to be patrolling a few blocks away. He jumped into his car and rushed off when he saw us spying on him from behind the curtains and the cops headed up the street. The officer told us they would patrol our block more so than usual and spend some time parked outside the house since we had a door that couldn't lock and someone out there with keys to all the other doors. We barricaded the doors with wood, tables and heavy weights and headed to bed though neither of us could sleep. We tried watching the Hangover to distract ourselves but eventually fell into a light sleep around 3am.
Dadtractor has been by today to remove all the locks in the house so we can have all the keys changed. We've got someone coming by from ADT to talk alarm systems. We're seriously thinking about bars on the band room windows and the ones in the garage. We're also thinking of replacing our mailbox as they have keys to that too.
They also stole the kids presents. We had to buy for a lot of kids so each present wasn't expensive but they were still presents. And my sister isn't going to be home this Christmas so having the gifts from her taken is a little sad.
It's all very unnerving. We're not hurt and we didn't lose much but SOMEONE WAS IN OUR HOUSE! They went into our bedroom, our closet. They looked in our drawers, walked where we walk, touch what we touch. AND THEY CAME BACK! You what else is bad -- thinking about it constantly. Being alert by every noise, wondering why they didn't take the Wii or the expensive jewelry or something else. Wondering what would have happened if Micah hadn't spotted that guy outside and he actually got into the house with us inside.
But, it is what it is, right? It could have been worse. We've learned our lesson and are going to do a better job of securing this place. The police officers were all really great and supportive. Our friends started calling and emailing as soon as they heard what happened. My boss and project supervisor said they'd reschedule any of my meetings or cover anything that needed my attention over then next few days. And Dadtractor rearranged his schedule so he could spend the morning helping us re-secure the doors and change the locks.
We're determined to still have a festive holiday though I'm sure that this event will be on our minds for a while. We won't pretend that this will be the last time someone tried to break in to our house but hopefully it will be the last time they make it through a door.
I forgot to mention that thief abandoned a Vodka bottle by the front door. The police took it with them because they felt like they could probably lift some prints off it. We're not holding our breath on that one but even the idea of it is reassuring.