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Jan. 6th, 2007

So I was robbed.

We had a group of four teenage boys come into the store and immediately split up. Two of them immediately came up to Sergey and me, asking us seperate questions about things, keeping us destracted while the other two roamed around with backpacks. They all used the restroom and then left.

I went to grab some food and walked into the break room to find my locker wide open. I thought I remembered locking it, and I placed my hand inside and felt no purse. I immediately said "okay, who's been in my locker and where is my purse?!?" Jessalyn and Igor stopped talking behind me and said "are you serious?"

The door to the break room is immediately to the left of the restrooms and looks and feels locked, but isn't. Out of forty lockers, they chose lucky #7 to break into. The remains of the lock were never found.

I'm quite upset about losing my $80 mp3 player and my cell phone. I'm upset about losing about $40 in cash, my bus pass, and my house and band practice space keys. I'm upset that the house address is on my bus pass. I'm sad that I lost the new purse and cell phone holder that my brother got me as a random gift just yesterday, as well as the Pisces key chain that he gave me as a birthday present last year or so.

HOWEVER.

Consider this:

When I got to work today, I came THISCLOSE to putting the cash that was in my purse into my pocket instead of my bank card. I finally decided that I can use the cash at school but not the card, and decided on stuffing my bank card into my back pocket so that I wouldn't have to come all the way back to the break room to get my stuff after clocking out for lunch. I almost left my Arizona DL in my purse, but ended up pulling that out, too, just in case I ran into the very random person that actually read the "Check ID" in Sharpie on the back of my card and asked for it. Thank GOD they didn't end up with my bank card with my student funds in it. It could have been MUCH, much worse.

I also recently started locking the lock on my locker, though I hadn't in months. In fact, today I almost left it unlocked because I totally trust all my coworkers, but figured that since I had $40 in cash, that I should lock it. Therefore, management (nor anyone else) can fault me for not trying to protect my items. I did everything I could to keep them safe, other than leaving them at home.

I'm inwardly groaning at the effort (and money) it's going to take to get a new phone, new number, and to recollect all the numbers I had in there. I'm highly irritated at having to invest into another mp3 player and to deal with having no music on my massive commutes until then. I also need to deal with my 120 gig hard drive that has all my old music and get it onto my new computer somehow in order to download it to the new player. Tons of effort and technical prowess is needed.

The police were called and Officer Starbuck (His real name. Promise.) came out to get my list of things that were stolen from the store and me. (They had taken at least $300 in electronics - we found the packages in the bathroom at the same time we discovered my purse was gone.) He gave me a case number and told him to call should I find anything else. (Now I have two phone numbers that were dialed after the phone was taken.)

So, um, yeah. The only way to contact me until further notice is via the internet, either here or by emailing me at aubkabob at livejournal dot com.

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cynjja_galt
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
That just stinks. But at least they didn't cause you any violence. Be glad for that. My mom was robbed a few years ago in a store parking lot. She was hit over the head with a brick or a rock and her purse wrestled away from her. They just left her lying there in the dark.

I'm glad you are ok.
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Absolutely. I've been thinking that I spend so much time as a pedestrian after dark that it may be a situation of not IF I'll be mugged, but WHEN.

I had a purse stolen once before, yeeears ago in Phoenix. It had bank cards and my social security card in it, plus a lot of other things (make up bag and all my costume jewelry I had taken with me somewhere for some reason.) This time, the only "bad" things they have is a cell phone full of numbers and a student i.d. with my home address on it + my house keys. I'm sincerely hoping that they're seriously not THAT dumb to try to break into our houses, too. Sheesh, they were all about all of fifteen, if that.

Course, I don't want to discount the fact they might try to be that dumb.
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inisfair
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Being robbed sucks :(

But at least you won't have to hassle with your bank about changing accounts and stuff.
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Absolutely. I freaked out at first, because you just feel so VIOLATED, but it could have been so much worse.
jason_bond_69
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
That sucks! I used to work in retail, and I absolutely hated whenever somebody stole something out of the department where I worked. Thankfully our breakroom was in a place where any strangers would have been noticed immediately, so I never felt any problem putting stuff in my locker unlocked.

And I've been a victim of the distraction game myself! ugh!
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
I normally didn't, either. Hell, five minutes either way and there probably would have been an employee back there on lunch.
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aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: That sucks
I'll call the office tomorrow and see what I can do. The whole thing is frustrating, grr.
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aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
They were all white middle class (at least) kids - all wearing high dollar hoodies and nice jeans.

We found the boxes from a $150 RAM and a $150 portable hard drive. I'm quite certain they had put more into their backpacks.

I'm also wondering if they took anything else from the break room that we haven't discovered yet, because the person they took it from wasn't there tonight.
attaining
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm so sorry, that's horrible. I'm glad you had your bank card and ID on you. If they took your house keys and know your addy, you better change the locks on your house, too. Good luck getting things together. <3 <3 I hope they catch the guys who did this.
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm calling the apartment manager tomorrow to get it done.

I hope so, too. They've come in the store before, so we're hoping they'll be really dumb and do it again... well, not really. I'd rather they decide to spend their middle class boredom at some other place.
kikibug13
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
Oh, that's bad :( sorry

One hint though - if you still have the documents of the phone, they may be able to trace/find at least that, by a number called imei (IIRC) that's unique for each phone. If you make a report to the police about the theft, make sure to include the number. Just in case.

Also. When my purse was stole some years back, it was found within a week, dumped in a deserted area by the road outside of town (however, it had not contained keys or equipment; just... a ridiculously small amount of cash, in the range of a quarter). I was mighty glad to get back my documents. And even my address book. (The person who found the bunch was a driver who had gone down to take a leak /yeah, I know, prosaic.../ in that deserted area, and he saw my driver's license on the ground.)
It seems the thieves had ransacked the purse, found almost no cash, and just randomly dumped it.

With all the good technology. And keys. I sort of don't think you'd get it all back, but one can hope for... partial recovery.
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
no doubt. The second that the manager discovered what happened, she sent coworkers all over the store and outside around the plaza to see if it had been dumped somewhere. That meant a lot to me :)

Officer Starbuck has my telephone number, so I'll call them and give them the two numbers that were called after the theft tomorrow.

Glad you found yours!

I also am happy that I had just streamlined my purse, so I didn't have my wallet inside. Not that there was anything of interest IN the wallet, just some more discount cards and a couple of gift cards. But still.
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ignusfaatus
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
oh I am SO sorry!!!!! I am also so glad you have your bank card. I hope they catch those lil punk fuckers
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
meeeee, too. if my student funds were stolen out of my account, there would have been no way to survive the next few months between cut hours and wage garnishment.
aussiephil
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
Stoopid thieves. Kill them in the face!
aubkabob
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
MAKE THEM DIE IN A FIRE, RL!!
kiwi
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
This blows in so many ways, but above comments are correct - I think we're all grateful that they did this without violence towards you or anyone else.

Karma's a bitch and while that's rarely reassuring right after the fact, just remember it's there. In the meantime, I'm more than happy to lead a manhunt for these bastards...
coupesetique
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Holy shit. I'm so sorry! I'm definitely glad that you are okay.

You need to punch those punks in the kidneys and make them pee blood for a week.
aspencreek
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
(((((((hugs)))))))

I am so sorry! That is so damn awful.
I'm really hating those damn punks right now.
I'm so, so sorry!!!!
wallbrat
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Damn. I'm sorry. Did the cameras get good footage of them?

I'm glad you're OK. It could have been so much worse. *hugs her tightly*
capitalsax
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
That is aweful Aubrey. I will send you all the positive vibes I can. Hopefully this will clear up easily and cheaply for you!
pollytrance
Jan. 7th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
Little bastards. I'm sorry!

Hoepfully they'll be caught and hanged.
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