What a Day

United States
October 3, 2012 8:55pm CST
Someone entered my house last night while I was asleep and stole some things. I didn’t know anything about it at first. I noticed first that my car keys were not on the kitchen counter where I usually leave them, so I thought I had left them in my pants pocket. They weren’t there, either. Then I was attempting to pay a bill online and the registration page wanted the account number, so I went to get the card out of my wallet. Oops, my wallet was missing from my purse. It hit me with a thud…I hadn’t misplaced anything, I’d been ripped off…while I was asleep! Scary!! First thing I did was call the Ford dealer to see about getting new keys and remote. Then I called Auto Club for a tow down to the Ford dealer. My Auto Club card had been stolen (it was in my wallet), so they were able to accept my picture ID from my photo in the church directory. When I arrived at the Ford dealer (rode with the tow truck driver) they needed a photo ID…so they had their shuttle driver take me to the DMV so I could get a new driver license ($25) and the temporary license had a Xerox picture of me. The DMV took about 3 hours. Then I used a phone at the DMV to call the Ford place to come pick me up from the DMV. Anyway, the Ford dealer got the photo ID it needed, so they worked on recoding the key so the key stolen won’t work ($287). Finally got my car back at 3 pm so I could go to the bank and apply for a new ATM card and get cash so I could pay a bill…and have money until the new ATM arrives. I wish that was all. God bless my landlord. I called him to request that he not deposit my rent check, but he had already done so. He’s going to send me a check for $400 and let me pay him back $100 a month (he will accept less as long as I make an effort to send him something toward the amount I owe). I still need to call my cell phone company, cancel credit cards, get a new Social Security card, insurance card, etc. My landlord’s handyman put a new door key in. What a day! Thanks for letting me share.
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12 responses
@Raine38 (9195)
• United States
4 Oct 12
Oh wow, what a day indeed! First of all, it's nice to hear that whoever did it didn't try to hurt you or something, and that you didn't wake up while it is happening. Goodness knows what they could have done worse. Secondly, it's nice to know that you have good people around you who understand your predicament. I sure can relate as I have lost my wallet before and my life is in there: my importan IDs, licenses, credit cards, debit cards and pictures of my loved ones that can't never be replaced. I hope this won't happen again to you.
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• United States
4 Oct 12
I'm very blessed, Raine. I'm grateful because it could've been worse. I could've been beaten or even killed. Today I jumped hurdles and obstacles, but survived intact. Yay!
@aejey322 (1006)
• Philippines
4 Oct 12
That's right. It's good that the burglars did not hurt you or might even kill you if you happen to see their face. Because they are afraid you might remember them. It happened to me some 8 years ago. The burglar haven't got into our house. But he luckily have slipped my bag through the window. he got my wallet - with cash and all my cards and IDs. I know how you feel now. It's so difficult to get these cards and IDs again. And unfortunately it was holy week so banks were closed. And imagine I have to wait for 4 days before I could withdraw money from the bank. It's just a blessing in disguise that I placed Php 1,000.00 in my pocket given to me the night before for payment of our phone bill. It's really horrible. but yet, I'm thankful that they only got the things inside my bag, and have not entered our house. for they may possibly get our appliances too. because we sleep upstairs...
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
4 Oct 12
I am sorry that happen tp you , we have been having a rash of break ins here where I live in sc an the cowards are only going after the eldely i hope your day gets better an they catch the crook one thing to be thankfull for is they didnt take your car also we had our car stolen an it was found crashed into a pole near our home an the cops had it towed to the next town an ended up costing us 236 dollars an when we got it home the damage took forever to pay for to fix
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• United States
4 Oct 12
What a horrible experience and ordeal! Sorry it happened to you and hope all is smooth sailing again.
@Blondie2222 (22580)
• United States
4 Oct 12
I would've called the police first thing and waited for them before doing anything else. And you should've called and canceled you're credit card first thing before using you're account because they can use you're card and withdraw all sorts of money out with it not being canceled yet. I hope they catch whoever did this and you get you're stuff back. I know how you feel though I got my purse stolen at my job site when I worked the night shift and I had to cancel all my cards and we had to change the locks on my house and everything. I didn't get a new set of keys though for my car I still had a pair at home with remote start on it. I still haven't found that purse to this day and it's almost been a year. Good luck with everything.
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• United States
4 Oct 12
Hallelujiah! The cards are maxed out, so I get a little ha-ha if anyone tries to charge something. Thank you for wishing me well.
• United States
4 Oct 12
I experienced being a victim of thief last August 20, 2012, around 3am. I was sleeping peacefully in my bed with my cellphone beside me. My grandmother was cooking in the kitchen for our food on that day. My mother saw a man walking down the stairs and when she checked, our room was left open. I was awakened by my grandmother that her bag was missing!!!! Inside her bag were id's and lists of her debts, nothing important aside from the ids. And when I checked my cellphone, it wasn't there! Tsk tsk tsk!!! I cried a little and sleep again. Thank goodness that the man didn't do anything to me!!! T___T Someone saw the man but he didn't capture a picture. Well, I just prayed for that man.. Maybe he just needed something for emergency... I bought a new cellphone of mine and every one in our place is alert. Right now, once I wake up in the midnight, I checked our gate if it were locked or not. :) Security first! :D
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• United States
4 Oct 12
Amen, dear! Prior to this event I was much too casual about security. I'm going to talk with my landlord and handyman about installing some metal screens for the most vulnerable windows...maybe they're all vulnerable. It's too scary anymore. Furthermore, the town in which I live is a drop-off point for "rehabilitated" prisoners. Sweet it ain't.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Oct 12
oh wow what a day indeed,. I am so so rry as all of ou r bussiness life is in our billfolds and all the stuff we have to replace wow.oh when we get in the dmv here for an ything it takes so long but yho you did get a good start on things.I am glad your landlord is letting you work it out so unds like a good landlord to m e.hope that you get a really good lock onyour door what a frigthening experience.I imagine the Social security one will take som e time and your health insu rance one.glad you had my lot here to let off some steam ,.Do you live alone or are you married? I h ave forgotten sorry. hope this goes through as fast as possible and that the next time someone wants to rob or burgle he or she cannot'get in. hugs from hatley
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• United States
4 Oct 12
I live alone in a mobile home community of 55+ers and unfortunately, it's not the safe place it used to be. My place isn't even attractive...although the burglar didn't seem to care about the aesthetics. I'm thinking I might have to get security bars on the windows.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
6 Oct 12
My God that is awful, you need to put a new lock on your doors in your home as well, did you report the incident to the police?
• United States
6 Oct 12
Got a new lock and reported to police. Possibly the police officer will investigate surveillance tape stores have where thief attempted to use my debit card (which I had already canceled at the bank).
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
I really hope that they will catch them.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
4 Oct 12
Hello Joyce. Boy you have had a busy day. But I Think you are very lucky you didn't wake up while the thief was still in your home, It could be a lot different. I thin I would also put bars on the windows and a safety door at all the doors. Just too scary to even think about.
• United States
4 Oct 12
Strange thing is, I believe I woke up as the thief was leaving. I saw movement at the end of the hall, and chalked it up to an apparition that I had imagined. Hmmph!
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
4 Oct 12
Reading other comments these guys must be really quiet.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
4 Oct 12
I sincerely hope that you also called the police!
• United States
4 Oct 12
I called the police. When the officer who handles these things called back I was gone. When I got back home, the officer had left for the day and I'll call back tomorrow.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
4 Oct 12
Do you know how they got in? I'm thinking they should be searching for fingerprints!!
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@HosmanF (93)
• Belgium
4 Oct 12
Good evening dear friend joyceshookery , ohhhh first of all i want to express and share my feelingz , getting ripped off ( been at home sleeping , or been somewhere else ) it always leaves a frustration feeling ( it what made me feel , when i got my radio stolen from my car , true its not that much of a privacy invansion ) , but i am glad to hear that you are healthy , because this could of gone wrong , if you were to wake up in the middle of the night and surprise the thug/s , it might of turned out with violence. I wish you all the best and all the courage in the world. HosmanF.
• United States
5 Oct 12
I think this home invasion taught me a valuable lesson about beefing up security and to quit taking my safety for granted. I'm going to take further steps to put sensor alarms on my windows and have a metal screen installed on the door. I am very grateful that I was not harmed physically.
@shaggin (37762)
• United States
4 Oct 12
Wow that is so horrible. People are so rotten. Because of this now you have had to do so many things and pay a lot of money when you shouldnt have had to. I would be very scared as well. Did you call a locksmith to change your door key to your house?
• United States
5 Oct 12
Locksmith too expensive. My landlord's handyman bought a new lock and installed it.
@jazzyme (113)
• Philippines
4 Oct 12
At least maam you are safe!We can earn back the amount that we lost but not life. God bless you and stay safe!
• United States
4 Oct 12
Thank you, jazzy.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
4 Oct 12
It was indeed a hassle day for you Joyce. But I am glad that everything is well already and you were able to get things through with a breeze. I think the only question now is who stole those items and I hope that the police will be able to solve the crime. Best to you and may everything be well.
• United States
4 Oct 12
Thanks for the sentiments. There is that plastic container I had change in (pennies) that whoever stole the things, only moved the container. I wonder if the police could check for fingerprints other than my own.