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Blog entry by SantaPaulaCraftsman posted 03-26-2012 01:12 AM 1777 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent a lifetime building up my collection of mechanics and woodworking tools. Some of my sockets and wrenches were given to me by my father (a couple tools every Christmas since I was about 7) and I had a nice group of hard to find old-school, heavy duty stuff.

Last week I went into my locked garage to grab a wrench. WTH? Where are my wrenches? And sockets? And cordless drill, and sanders, and jigsaw…. and…you get the picture. They left a lot of stuff, but the loss and invasion of my space was agonizing.

The absolute worst of it is that I know who did it… some dirtbag living in the apartments behind me. The one with 15 years of felony arrests for theft, possession of stolen property, etc. How do I know it was him? Cuz he tried to sell the apartment gardener my stuff a day after the theft. I call the cops, they go to his apartment, nothing in there, case closed. A friend and I paid a personal visit to the a-hole afterward, but I left after more than a few words and before I could do something stupid.

I have some serial numbers and the tool manuals got me a detailed model number, but a word of advice:

Document your investment with photos, serial numbers, and a detailed list of items.

I’ll never get my stuff back. I’m a licensed PI, and I took all the followup location steps, but they’re gone. Some people are alive only because it’s against the law to kill them.

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 01:24 AM

I hope that if I ever get robbed that I don’t catch the lowlifes in the act because I WILL go to jail!!! I don’t have much, but what I have, I worked for. No one is going to get anything of mine without a fight! I hope you get justice on this one. He’ll get his, just hope you’re around to see it!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 01:26 AM

I feel your pain. I know how disrupting and disturbing this can be. All I can say is SORRY!!!

My apartment was broken into, many years ago. The invasion of ones home is EXTREMELY unsettling!!! I knew I wasn’t going to get my stuff back. Years later, I’m able to laugh about it. The “Dirt Bag” took CDs, DVDs, leather trench coat and what not.

The thing that makes me laugh is that he/she also stole my TOILET PAPER. Yes, I said (typed) toilet paper. I had gone to the store before leaving for work. I left a plastic grocery bag containing the toilet paper on the table. The bag was used to take my loose change that I had in a pitcher! Ya have ta laugh at that!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 01:28 AM

I’m really sorry.

I’ve had my house/place burglarized on several occasions, over the course of my life. If something feels WORSE than that … well … luckily … I really can’t recall what that would be.

I wish you peace.

I wish the dirt-bag … his due.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 01:28 AM

:Some people are alive only because it’s against the law to kill them”. A great quote and very true. Having had my shop burglerized I feel your anger and sense of helplessness. I now have a bad watch dog and I hope someone decides to try him!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 01:42 AM

Sorry for your loss!! Damn! That sucks.

Theft is an agonizing experience. I have had my share of incidents. But recently wee got my son a cheapie pay as you go cellphone. It was hours old when one of the neigberhood kids stole it from his jacket pocket at the halfcourt. Know who it was. Cant prove it. My boy was devastated. Money is tight and he was so proud of his new phone. It scarred him I think. The thief stole not just a $30 phone but a little bit of a childs innocence. The phone was replaced. But a little part of my son is gone forever.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 01:50 AM

I started restoring my 2 story farmhouse and later expanded to using it for my workshop. Until, I was robbed 2 times. They took everything that wasn’t nailed down. So, for the next two weeks, I camped out here and waited… Nope, they never came back. Good thing too. So, now my farmhouse is my shop and I also live here. I put in an alarm system, got a big mean junk yard dog for the outside perimeter, video camera setup and I’m here…

-- Hal, Tennessee

#7 posted 03-26-2012 02:03 AM

I had this happen to me about four years ago although it was my fault I forgot to lock the garge on dayt and lost abotu $5,000.00 in floor covering tools and more. Would love to shot the punk.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 02:31 PM

Sorry to hear of the loss. I admire your patience though. If I had the guy in front of me I would probably be in jail or at least charged with assault.

-- - Martin

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 02:47 PM

I’m real sorry about it. Did you have insurance? I know the sentimental value can’t be replaced but with insurance you’d at least recover much. I worry about them hitting my shop all the time. The worst part of it they probably fence the stuff for not more than a few drug fixes.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 02:24 PM

I had my car stolen once. I was not bothered much about the car, it was losing the tools in the boot [trunk] that upset me. Some had been my Dad’s. I only hope that their ‘bits’ [you know the ones I mean] turn a strange colour and fall off!

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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