Friday, September 14, 2012

Mean Streets

CSI: My Neighborhood
Y'all! Yesterday afternoon I parked my car up at our neighborhood clubhouse and took Hank to his tennis lesson right at the adjacent courts. My neighbor arrived a little after me, and we were both watching the kids' play for about thirty minutes. We got back to our cars to find our windows smashed and our purses gone.


I'm usually a little more wily about not leaving valuables visible in the car, even though I've never had this happen before. When I'm parking up there to go play tennis or go to a swim meet for hours, I never leave anything in the car. But as I was taking Hank to the courts, I ran back in and got my purse, thinking that I might run to the store during his lesson. Then I left my purse on the front seat and watched him play instead. For such a short time. Dumb. Dumb!

What the guy got was my wallet, but not my ID or check/debit card, which were in a separate wristlet that I ALSO LEFT IN THE CAR but that he didn't see. But that wallet filled with miscellaneous junk and instantly-canceled credit cards was inside my beloved Marc Jacobs Sophia bag. Oh double damn.

I am a major purse person and I bought that bag in a time when we had actual money instead of a house, two kids, and a video game company. I haven't carried it a lot over the years, it's been on light duty. They don't make that bag anymore, and a quick look at ebay shows that the authentic bags available now have the years of wear on them that my bag didn't. Because I kept it in an argon-filled chamber behind bulletproof glass. So it is kind of irreplaceable. I feel like I'm a little too hung-up on it, but I'm feeling a little hung-up on it. It's maddening because I know it's been thrown away by now, unless the bad guy has the good sense to list it on ebay. I'll be keeping a lookout.

The nice sheriff deputies came and then the CID guys came and got one good fingerprint off my neighbor's door. There is a security camera at the clubhouse that should have captured the whole thing perfectly; they were downloading the footage last night. Hank was with me, and he was very troubled/fascinated by the whole thing. "Mom, I'm really mad that somebody did this!" he said. Me too buddy.

The deputy said to me, "Ma'am, don't let this steal your sunshine." I assured him that my vast sunshine reservoirs were untapped. If we ever did drill into my stored sunshine, it would go a long way toward ending our Dependence on Foreign Oil.

So, whatever, the window is getting fixed today. And the happy thing of the day is that Matt is taking me somewhere this weekend to celebrate our anniversary. I don't know where. Betty is coming this afternoon to keep the kids, and we'll be gone until Monday morning. I know it involves driving somewhere a medium distance away. I asked Matt what I should bring, and he said, "Bring a swimsuit, some good walking shoes, and some nice-enough clothes." I am going to go upstairs now and ponder the "nice-enough" part. Nice enough for a cockfight? A coronation? We'll see!

Have a good weekend! I will report.


Nichole said...

Ugh, that is maddening. I hope your trip is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I'll bet if you file a car-insurance claim & keep a lookout on some of the luxury private-sale sites, you will be fully restored in a jif. Fingers crossed for the investigation to bring a hoodlum to justice. Hopefully it'll be some young tough, instantly recognizable to the lawmen xo

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry that happened. And I hope you have a wonderful weekend away with your husband in your "nice enough" clothes. I'm sure it'll all be smashing!

Anonymous said...

Forget about the purse and have an awesome weekend! Hopefully not at a cockfight!

Aimee said...

What a lovely comment from the deputy! I doubt your sunshine is even dim any longer. Stupid thief.

Nice enough, eh? Now I'm all curious! Can't wait to hear the deets.

Amy - the gazelle said...

I had my car window smashed and a wallet stolen a couple years ago while I was running. I NEVER brought my wallet (and I did hide it), but was running errands after my run that day. Even though they got my wallet, my phone, my house keys, my ID, credit cards, etc., the thing that made me the most sad was my beloved Kate Spade (discontinued) wallet.

The thing about your story that makes me jealous is that the police came and looked for prints instead of saying, "yeah, that can happen," which is the response I got.

Anyways, glad your ID & debit card were safe, and I'm so, so sorry about your purse. I feel your pain.

Christian said...

I will be going out of my way to tell folks that "my vast sunshine reservoirs are untapped" all week long.

Common Household Mom said...

That theft and smashing of the car is just terrible.

It sounds like a very promising anniversary celebration, though! Why wouldn't you wear the same thing to a cockfight as to a coronation? I would, But heck, nobody has invited me to either one.

Ginny Marie said...

Rats! My car window was smashed in once, for my basket of cassette tapes I had left in the front seat. The thieves must have been very disappointed to find the Little Mermaid and Les Mis soundtracks, along with Duran Duran and Erasure tapes! ;) Hope your weekend has been heavenly!

Messy Mom said...

Whew, that Go Daddy splash page really scared me, but I stalked you via google search and figured it all out. I have had the smash and grab incident and it is no fun, but I am so glad that he didn't get away with "too much". Although, it all stinks for sure. Boo.

Maureen said...

I had something similar happen last year. Though I also lost my I.D., only to learn that I owed some old fine from another state, and couldn't get my new ID until I paid that fine...but lo and behold a few weeks later I got a call from my insurance company that someone had called them saying they had found my wallet and purse! Yep they left a receipt from Macy's and my car insurance card in the purse, it was in perfect condition too! Here's hoping your's turns up too!