Saturday, March 24, 2012

Well, shit.

So last night was...interesting. I left for ballet class as usual at 5.30pm. My parents were already out. They ended up changing their plans because it was freezing cold in Melbourne yesterday, and came to pick me up from ballet at 8.00pm. Because we were all starving, we went out for dinner at the local Thai restaurant.

This may all seem completely inane and boring, but it's sort of totally relevant, I promise. Anyway, so we got home from the Thai restaurant at about 9.30pm. I unlocked the door from the garage into the house and was met by a gust of cold wind. My immediate thought was "Um, WTF??", which was immediately followed by "Wait, why is the back door open??" When I turned the lights on in the back porch, it became immediately apparent that the back door had been jimmied open, that the lock on the kitchen window had then been broken, and that our house had been burgled. Oh, and they then found the spare keys and went out the front door, leaving the keys in the lock. HOW THOUGHTFUL.

(Incidentally? I just checked Wikipedia for the difference between 'burglary' and 'robbery'. Apparently 'robbery' involves actually taking something from the victim by force, whereas burglary is breaking into a house when the people aren't home. You're welcome for that little dose of education!!)

I have a theory that we were burgled by hipsters. Because they really didn't take very much. They must have been horribly disappointed that they went to as much effort as they did, because to be perfectly honest, we have pretty shitty electronics. Both our TVs are old school CRT models. They didn't take any of the jewellery or Dad's car. And apparently four year old Toshiba laptops aren't worth stealing (THANK GOD. As much as I complain about my laptop being crappy, I'm so relieved it's not gone).

Things that *are* worth stealing?
- My mum's brand new school issue Macbook Air.
- An iPod Touch.
- My SLR.
- My zoom lens.

They left the kit lens sitting on the bench in the kitchen. I'm not sure whether the mould of my teeth scared them off, or if (being hipsters, as per my theory) they went "AHAHAHA, $100 crappy kit lens? No thank you!".

Oh, and they also took $27 in cash. And possibly my old Olympus point-and-shoot camera because I can't find it anywhere. Although I don't know why they'd have taken that. It's six years old, and scratched as hell because I dropped it a bunch of times.

The police came round last night and took a bunch of photos and did some fingerprinting, but not surprisingly, the burglars wore gloves.

So all we can do now is get the back door repaired, and hope the insurance company process things quickly.

Oh, and to the burglar who went through my backpack looking for stuff? I hope you enjoyed all the snotty, cold-germ-ridden tissues that I forgot to empty out after my class on Thursday night!!

K xx
PS. I woke up this morning with a pounding headache courtesy of my dental splint. $700 well spent...

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  1. Huge hugs. We were broken in to years ago and I remember how it feels. I hope the insurance comes through soon and painlessly. And your headache clears up.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. We have to get on to the claims department today (they're only open during business hours) to find out what we have to do. Hopefully it's not too time consuming!

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  2. Man that really sucks! Hope you're able to get all your stuff back quickly.

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  3. I have a few things to say that I didn't text you (WHY????).

    1. This is entirely ironic (ala Alanis) considering nearly every text I sent you prior to you being burgled was "STEAL IT" or "MUG SOMEONE." After I noticed that today, I actually found it slightly more amusing than the Stupid Elitist Hipster Thieves (SEHT!).

    2. This bit: http://imgur.com/uT3m8
    I do like (stealing) shiny new toys; it's my guilty pleasure. :3

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    1. 1. Hahaha, I didn't even think about that at the time!
      2. I have no idea what Linkwithin is thinking sometimes. It told my brother that he might like a side of triple chocolate brownies with his burglary. He was all "Well, it's TRUE, but I'm not about to stop and make brownies right now..."

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  4. Seriously, that blows. Hope the insurance comes through quickly.

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  5. UGH! This totally sucks - and I hope that dealing with the insurance company is totally easy and they aren't pains in the butt. :(

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    1. Fingers crossed!! (At least I'm not the one who has to deal with them ;) Hee hee!)

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  6. I also think your dad should've mentioned that you needed our SLR because you rely on it for your job: Dessert Day Picture Taker.

    just sayin'

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    1. About two minutes before I got this comment yesterday, Dad was on the phone to the insurance company and he told them that my camera needs to be replaced ASAP because I need it "for her studies". Apparently blogging = studying. WIN.
      PS. Mum found a recipe she thinks we should try for Dessert Day. It's basically like a Swiss roll, but made with meringue so it's gluten free. I'm a little scared of it...

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  7. People who steal other people's things, particularly from other people's home and cars, make me feel really angry and icky.

    I hope the insurance company comes through quickly for you....

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy! One of the weirdest parts is that we have an old Bible in the study, and they clearly thought it looked like there would be valuables in it, so they've leafed through that. Note for the future: don't hide things in fake Bibles!!

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  8. Oh wow, that sucks. I'm so sorry that happened to you. Our car was broken into once and it made me feel all icky for ages - it must be even worse when it's your house.

    Hopefully your insurance company plays nice and makes some things better soon.

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    1. Thankfully, they were surprisingly tidy. They basically just took stuff that was sitting out on benches, and then opened all the cupboards and grabbed what was obvious. So at least we didn't have a huge mess to clean up.

      I did have a pile of clean bras and knickers sitting on my bed though, so now I'm a bit "Eeeuw, some creepy burglar guy saw my undies..." about things.

      I miss my 50mm lens *cries* (I know you'll understand!)

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  9. That's awful! I am so sorry. It has got to be really unnerving to be in the house at the moment.
    I'm so glad you're all safe though.

    I hope the burglars get a horrid cold and feel absolutely hideous.

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    1. Thanks love. It's not too bad being in the house at the moment - the insurance people turned up the next day and bolted the broken door shut, and Dad's put a bunch of brackets on the inside of it so you REALLY can't get it open. And we're having an alarm system put in on Monday.

      I hope they got horrid colds too!! <3

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