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