Since the Robbery-- Good and Bad News

Tucson, Arizona
November 17, 2012 9:21pm CST
Some of you replied to my post about being robbed-- well, we had an interesting day here that started yesterday and ended today (DUH! OK, that doesn't sound right, but you know what I mean). I got up this morning later than usual-- I slept in until 9 a.m... When I went outside, lo and behold, there's a sheriff car parked in front of the neighbor down the hill's house. I turned around to go up the drive and get the mail-- and my two spare propane tanks, that were chained not far from my trailer, were gone. Chain on the ground, lock snipped-- and they're ten gallon tanks, cost a hundred dollars each. So, while walking to the mailbox, I called 911. The lady said the sheriff was down the hill from me, and I waited by my mailbox. The sheriff pulled in, and I showed him, and he said they (he and other neighbor) were on their way to Ms. Trashy's trailer on top of the hill. The sheriff had been there twice last night, for her loud party. We all got up there, and she comes out hung over and screaming that we, including sheriff were trespassing. And attached to her trailer were MY propane tanks. I pointed that out to the sheriff and showed him my list with the certification numbers (I had it for his police report). Then the neighbor starts in, and it turned out he had hidden a camera over his front door in a hanging planter-- and had her, with her kid, forcing the doorknob with a crowbar, at like 4 in the morning (he was away visiting son in Seattle, got home around 8:30). Meanwhile, our sheriff had called a second sheriff, citing probable cause, and had also phoned in for a warrant, and a CPS worker to go to the school and get the kid. She was screaming and tried to attack my neighbor-- then two more sheriffs showed up, and detained her, and we all stood around and waited for the warrant (a half hour). When the sheriffs opened the trailer-- there was all my neighbor's stuff, plus stuff that belonged to two other people on the road (who had heard about the commotion and showed up to see if their stuff was there). The whole time she's screaming that she got this stuff from her friends, and she was innocent, yada yada--then they started bringing out all the stuff, including (I was Appalled) a bunch of world war 2 medals, and a service flag an urn with ashes in it people's photo albums and 5 trash bags of other people's mail... And that was before they found the meth in her closet. And the shed there was full of stuff too-- unfortunately, only my propane tanks, but the theory we developed watching this was that she and hr friends would immediately sell high value items, and keep around stuff she wanted, or something. The landlord had ben called, and he headed right to the court-- because up here, in this county at least, if drugs or crime are happening in a rental property, you can expedite an eviction-- and she was already due to appear before the judge for eviction next week anyway. So she got hauled off, her son got taken from school, and the cops spent all day processing the crime scene for fingerprints. I will get my propane tanks back, and a lot of people were coming and going, certifying stuff was theirs-- since it was all evidence, a lot of people elected to leave it with the cops until after she is tried and convicted or not convicted, and pick it up then-- my propanes were spares, so I did that. But people took home their scrapbooks, and mail-- and I had a pile of mail-- including checks from 3 survey companies! Cha Ching-- I had been expecting those in the mail for several weeks, and was beginning to wonder where they were--- Now the whole property is taped off, and the sheriffs are staking it out from a couple of groves of trees, to catch her friends as they appear-- they have already hauled off a few people. Big excitement for this part of the county. I still can't believe someone would steal service flags--or scrapbooks---or funeral urns. How low can people get?
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
18 Nov 12
OMG!!! You are having such an exciting time. I bet everyone is overjoyed at the news! It's too bad they didn't find any of your stuff from the other day but some of her friends may still have it. Or it may be in second hand stores in neighboring towns. I know you're happy about this turn of events. Now you will probably be rid of that trash for good. I'm so happy for you that they'll be leaving. And the stuff they were stealing - I can't believe it. Someone's ashes??? Those people are like the lowest of the low. And your survey checks, that's GREAT that you got them. I just can't believe it. Whew. Glad you posted an update. I'm looking forward to when you tell us the outcome of the trial.
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• Tucson, Arizona
18 Nov 12
I am DREADING the trial--I have been having panic attacks all day as it is, meeting my neighbors and talking to cops and things . Since all our houses are so isolated, I didn't realize how many actual PEOPLE there are on my street... They are all quite nice, but it really freaked me out. And Having to drive to town, and go into a court, and all that-- oh, boy. That's not going to be good. My other half is going to see if he can borrow money to fly up when they set a court date-- and the police said I don't have to be at the preliminary hearing, there are plenty of neighbors who can go if they need testimony to keep her locked up. The sheriff said that because she is a flight risk, they won't be releasing her anyway, which is good.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
18 Nov 12
Good. Keep the scumbag in jail. Maybe you won't have to go to court. If they have enough neighbors to testify.... It's good you got to meet your neighbors although it must have been a nerve wracking day for you. Hopefully your husband will be able to help you out if you need it. Jeez, the quiet countryside....
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@allknowing (63416)
• India
18 Nov 12
I do not know how efficient your court is in disposing of court cases. But here in India it takes years and that is one reason why I did not go to the police when I was robbed.
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@allknowing (63416)
• India
18 Nov 12
What about your other stuff? Where has it all gone?
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• Tucson, Arizona
18 Nov 12
No idea-- probably at a pawn shop somewhere, or sold on Craigslist, or something. The cops have hauled off 4 people so far tonight, so hopefully one of them will know something--you never know. But at least I got my mail-- and those survey checks, which is better than nothing! I still can't believe stealing scrapbooks. Of course they were beautiful scrapbooks-- what was left of them. They belonged to a neighbor down hill and around the corner, and she is a serious scrapbooker, and makes fancy wedding albums that she sells as well (they didn't find those, I found out today she had been broken into 3 days ago, when she was at the grocery store-- I hadn't met her before).
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• Tucson, Arizona
18 Nov 12
I have my fingers and my toes crossed-- I would love to see my fishing poles again. And my jewelry supplies. I had some beautiful beads-- and some nice cabochons and beads from India, as a matter of fact. And some brass bells from India... drat, the only place I can replace those is the big gem show in Tucson, and I can't fly anymore. Oh, well--with any luck my stuff will turn up somewhere.
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• United States
18 Nov 12
WOWWWWWWW! All this overnight! I can imagine you must be shaking in your boots! What a bunch of nasty, nasty thieves! I am sooo happy they got caught and she is in jail right now, and I really hope no one can post bond for her. They'll be keeping an eye on EVERYONE because this is a "ring of thieves" and no one will be safe anymore from the police. I saw you mentioned that you will not be sociable with the other people who had things stolen. Don't you think you should be? The old saying goes "there is safety in numbers" and there really is. They would probably look out for you and vice versa. Think about it. I think it would be good if all of you had a meeting somewhere about what happened. I will bet you some of this stuff will end up on Ebay, especially the war medals, service flags...even the urn. No one would know it's stolen but military items are sellers on Ebay...plus strange items, which would be the urn. What else could be done with them other than that? Or Craigslist..either. I'm so darn happy you got your propane tanks back at least! Now if they only could find your other items, we all would be happy and it would be a wonderful day for you! I hope so...keep your chin up!
• Tucson, Arizona
19 Nov 12
I only mentioned the first urn-- but as they were emptying the trailer and the shed behind it, they ended up with almost a dozen of them-- all very expensive. Ghoulish. And yes, the militaria is collectible, and used for other things as well. I would LIKE to be sociable with the neighbors--- but I am still having panic attacks right now, and I have to ration my meds because I can't refill them until next month. They are all very nice, or seem to be, but I just can't deal with people. I think my one down the hill neighbor understands that, though he doesn't ask about it-- he just checks on me when he is heading to the store, and keeps his distance otherwise. The word will get around that I'm not social-- I told the one sheriff who knows that he could tell people who asked, what my problem is. It's just that when you try to explain it to "real" people-- they look at me like I'm retarded, or a mental patient, and it makes me feel even worse than I do. It's not that I want to be the way I am-- I have been trying for 2 years to get "better", and it's not working well, I am hoping some more stuff shows up-- but even if it doesn't at last Ms. trashy is in jail, and if Washington doesn't keep her there, Oregon wants her on federal charges anyway
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Nov 12
What about your other stuff? The fishing poles and the craft stuff? Have they found any of that yet? It is amazing the lengths that some people will go to and the crazy things that they take. I think some people just take to be taking. I know that some of that stuff is worth money but it wouldn't be for several years..I mean..those things have very specific owners. An urn with someone in it though??? I would be afraid of being haunted forever.