Weekly Round-Up: Rotten Thieves

by Kelly · 18 comments

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Those of you who follow me on Facebook might have seen me post this message yesterday afternoon.

House burgled. Laptops stolen. Cats traumatized. Kids asleep. Ugh.

It happened sometime between 5 and 10 pm last night, while we were holiday shopping and out to dinner. They pried open the iron shutters for the kitchen door, smashed the glass to get in. They started really searching in our room, but it seems like they were surprised because the only things they took were our two laptops and my cell phone. There were a lot more valuable things, emotionally and monetarily, they could have taken, like my husband’s guitars, my family jewelry, this old computer I’m currently typing on… which luckily they didn’t.

Unfortunately it also means that more than a year’s worth of work is also missing.

My husband’s really the one who’s suffering, as his work computer was stolen. He’s going to have a lot of work getting things back up to speed. But my entire graduate school work is also gone, including the thesis I was busy procrastinating working on.

Rotten thieves.

I’m thankful that things weren’t worse. The kids were worried, but went to bed right after we got home and even slept through the visit from the police. The cats seem slightly traumatized still, but are OK.

Still. Rotten thieves.

I haven’t added many links this week, but as always, you can check out the Good Reads page or my Tumblr site Almost Frugal Finds for all my links, as well as following me on Twitter for the Frugal Tips of the Day.


1 Viviana December 6, 2009

Oh Kelly, I am so sorry especially after you so recently moved in. It is good that they only took electronics. You probably don’t want to hear this now but I have an external hard drive that I have hidden. The problem is you have to remember to back it up.

I hope they catch those horrible thieves.
.-= Viviana´s last blog ..Bicarbonate of Soda, Robin to Vinegar’s Batman =-.

2 apieceofwood December 6, 2009

So sorry to read this… hope you are all ok..
.-= apieceofwood´s last blog ..To blog or not to blog, that is the question =-.

3 Carol December 6, 2009

Back-up! Back-up! Back-up! We all get lazy about this, but it’s definitely something to remember. Unfortunately, there ARE rotten thieves in the world, and hard disks do crash, as mine did several months ago. I’ve been especially careful about backing up regularly since the crash, but I know I’ll become lazier eventually, too. So, remind me, too, from time to time, will you?

4 Charlie Park December 7, 2009

Kelly! I’m so sorry to hear about this. I hope you’re able to recover quickly, and that it doesn’t cast a shadow over your holidays.

5 Nancy December 7, 2009

So sorry to hear this but so glad you weren’t home when it happened or that no one was hurt. Mean people suck. Glad you’re ok.

6 Aspiring Millionaire @ MyMillionairePlan.com December 7, 2009

I am so sorry to hear this. This is really inconvenient, especially during the holidays. I am glad that everyone is ok.

In addition to backing up work on your computer, might I suggest Google Documents. It functions just like Microsoft Office and automatically backs up your work every few minutes. So if your computer crashes or gets stolen, you can just retrieve your work from another computer.
.-= Aspiring Millionaire @ MyMillionairePlan.com´s last blog ..Goals for Decmeber 7th, 2010 =-.

7 Karen R December 7, 2009

I’m so sorry this happened to your family. It sounds like maybe they were watching your house. I hope they catch those low-life thieves. I love my cats but we have a dog that barks, too. I hope he adds an extra layer of protection to our home.

8 Hannah Dee December 7, 2009

Oh my. So sorry to hear that. Being burgled is horrible.

Did you have copies of the work anywhere? Had you emailed it to anyone?

9 Molly December 7, 2009

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. Being burgled is so FRUSTRATING. YOU did the work to earn those things and the work on those laptops, not the burglars!

I get very angry when people steal things. I’m sorry you have to go through this, but I’m glad the kids and cats seem to be ok.

10 Erin @ Doubled Up December 7, 2009

Oh no!!!! I’m glad you all are safe!
.-= Erin @ Doubled Up´s last blog ..Frugality Project: Anti-consumerism Moments =-.

11 Kasey at Thrifty Lit December 7, 2009

How horrible! I hope those guys are caught!!

Good for you for seeing the positives in such a negative the situation!
.-= Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog´s last blog ..Giveaway! =-.

12 Denise C. December 7, 2009

So sorry to hear this. I’m so happy you and your family are safe. I hope those bandits get locked up.

13 Amy Reads Good Books December 7, 2009

That’s awful! I’m glad that you and your family are OK, but seriously rotten thieves!
.-= Amy Reads Good Books´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday =-.

14 Lisa December 7, 2009

So sorry to hear this! I hope they get caught! I’m glad you’ve been able to see some good in all of this

15 Sara December 8, 2009

Damn thieves!

Glad you are all ok.

We were robbed a month after moving into our new house. $28,000 worth of memories & stuff. Damn robbers.

We had an alarm system put in afterwards. Don't want to worry you, but sometimes they do a second visit after you have claimed and purchased your new items.

Sad for you.

Sara (Sydney, Australia)

16 Revanche December 11, 2009

Ugh that’s awful, I’m so sorry. I’m glad nothing else went missing, though, and that everyone is safe.

17 kelly Wilkniss December 19, 2009

Oh Kelly,
I am so very sorry about the break in. Just catching up with the bad news. Hope all is back in order at the house now to help obliterate the memory. Loss of the computers is awful, but it could have been worse. I am glad you didn’t walk in on them.
Kelly W @ GreenSnail.org

18 Imene December 20, 2009

I am so sorry to hear that! I can’t imagine how you feel. Once I came home to an open door and the police because the alarm went off. Thank god it was just me who forgot to lock the door but I was freaked out. The first thing I went looking for was my laptop because of all my kids pictures on it!
Bon courage!
.-= Imene´s last blog ..Made with Love =-.

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