So, Here I was. I had this fun weekend planned out. Took Friday off. Was going to take the camper up to Glass Buttes Oregon. Was going to learn a little about "Flint Knapping" with my wife and a buddy of mine. You know, making stonage blades and arrow heads out of obsidian. I was planning on having all kinds of cool pictures and stories to tell. My wife even got up early and was ready before me for once!
But as luck would have it, that did not happen. We still have a house in California that we haven't put on the market yet. Been waiting for the market to take an uptick. Been working on it a little bit here and there to get it ready to go.
200 Miles into our trip we got a call from one of our neighbors that they some someone strange coming out of the house. Long story short, somebody broke into the house.
Apparently there have been a rash of burglaries in the area. A variety of reasons, some were houses undergoing renovations like ours. Unfortunately for the thief, there just wasn't that much in the house to steal. As far as I can tell, all he got was an old wifi router, the usb wifi connector for the Tivo, and some checks from one of our friends kids who was storing boxes in our house. I thought he had stolen a cordless drill and some airline sized bottles of scotch from the garage, but he had put those in a garbage bag and left it on the floor in the garage
The thing he did that ticked me off more than anything was that we have a whole house fan upstairs in the house. It has a pull chain you use to turn it on and off. I'm thinking he though it might have been a pull for an attic stair or something? I doubt thieves are all that bright. At least he didn't vandalize anything.
So anywho, we were 200 miles into our trip, Had to turn around drive another 200 miles back home, and then drive another 230 miles down to California.
So I bought a new prehung steel covered door to replace the one the guy shattered getting into the house and new locksets for the rest of the house.
Note: I did not shell out 50 bucks per set to get the 'good' locksets. I figure why bother, I had a good lockset and heavy duty solid core door on the one he broke into.
Why bother, All it takes is a long crow bar and he's in. Or I could put multiple deadbolts on the door? But Why bother? All he has to do is take one small to medium sized rock and break a window...
Well, The upside is I've got a new 4 foot long crow bar he left by my back door. And while I thought my cordless drill was gone, I went ahead and picked up a Porter Cable 18volt 4 tool pack of tools with 2 batteries, drill, circular saw, saber saw, and flashlight...
Could be much worse I reckon, and hopefully next year I'll be able to regale you with stories of Flint Knapping...
Like they say, Locks are only there to keep the honest people out...
Looks like he took a swing at the door knob with the crow bar.
Ah that didn't work, so he must have just used the crow bar to pop open the door. Might have taken a kick at it too. All my neighbors were around at the time and didn't hear anything, so I'm guessing it was just the crow bar...
My "New" 4' crow bar...