Last night Ev and I went to the grocery store and got back around 5:30. I had my arms full of groceries (and even Ev was carrying a bag) when we went inside, and I was trying to help her up the steps, so I forgot to lock the van. And shut the garage door. Clay came home around 7:30 and noticed the garage door was up, but for some reason it didn’t register that he should close it. So to bed we went!
This morning we got in the van go to somewhere and noticed that our garage door opener was missing. Later when we got home we realized some other things from our garage were also gone: our video camera, Clay’s camera, his big toolbox and all his tools, his new weedwacker, and fancy flashlight. There may be more, but we just moved everything in so we’re not positive about what was sitting where. Oh, and we realized that the door from the garage into the house had been open all night, too! I’m pretty sure the burglar didn’t come inside because he would’ve seen our laptop lying out in the open, and that’s about the only thing we have worth stealing, and it’s definitely still here.
So I’m totally weirded-out that someone was in our garage stealing stuff. We’ve had construction work going-on down the street all week, so I don’t know if it was a worker or just someone random, but supposedly this is a really safe area. Our next-door neighbors leave their garage door open all day long and sometimes all night long! (we’re going to go warn them) Having someone break-in (or walk-in, I guess) my house is one of my worst fears, so it’s weird that it’s kinda happened. But I am reassured that even though the door to the house was open they didn’t come-in. The thing that really disturbs me is that they took our garage door opener. That kinda makes me wonder if they’re planning-on coming back. So I called the door company and they told us how to deactivate it and we’re getting another opener this weekend.
Here’s the bright side of things: We have renter’s insurance with only a $100 deductible. (I don’t know why in the world I chose such a low deductible when we bought the policy four years ago, but thank goodness I did!) The video camera was broken, nothing showed on the screen, so that criminal is going to get a funny surprise when he realizes it doesn’t work! (not to mention he didn’t even take the charger or the memory card!) Clay’s camera that got stolen was really nice, but we never use it and were planning-on selling it. So now we don’t have to worry about selling it, we’ll just get the amount it’s worth from the insurance company The tools being gone sucks, but we should be able to buy everything back with the insurance money. So, we were going to have to pay to get the video camera fixed anyway, this way we’ll be able to just buy a new one instead, plus a newer digital camera, for only $100.
So…. I’m a little freaked-out, but surprisingly ok about it all. So, make sure you shut your garage doors, people, even if you live in a small and safe town!