Pilfered

Monday, November 19, 2012

When I walked out to my little Toyota Yaris on Saturday morning about to head to a church meeting, I wasn't expecting to find Dink looking like he'd had a wrestling match with a garbage truck and the Invisible Man.

Trash was everywhere. All of my compartments were open and empty. We had been robbed.

I almost laughed. Poor guy. He clearly picked the wrong little car to burgarlize. I didn't have any money, fancy gadgets, or anything else (in the car anyway) that you can sell to the bum down the street for a quick buck. Clearly, his time would have been better spent plundering the nearby trash bin.

I felt totally violated, like someone looked up my skirt searching for a pot of gold.

And then I started remembering things in my car... Two pairs of earrings. A leather jacket my sister gave me. Car charger. Sunglasses. Work badge. Apartment key. Car title and insurance. And my Bible.

I know, Petty Betty. You were crying over a ten-dollar pair of earrings and a Bible? To be fair, they were my favorites. You know the go-with-everything pair almost as valuable as a go-with-everything bra.  And the Bible was the first thing Grahm ever bought me. It had all my notes from the past three years, and its pages held favorite picture of a 6th-grade, glasses-wearing Grahm that a sweet friend gave me at one of my bridal showers. None of it was actually valuable, but it was sentimental to me.

We had to change the locks. This guy knows my name, my address, where I work. It's creep-tastic, to say the least. I may or may not have slept with my eyes open last night and a butterknife under my pillow. Just in case. (Dangerous is clearly my middle name.)

Moral of the story: Don't be lazy. Take your crap inside the house. And for the loves of Moses, lock the damn door.

I hope your girlfriend likes my earrings, pal. And next time, don't smoke in my car and leave the cigarrette on my floorboard. Love, Pilfered and Second-hand Smoked

31 comments:

Elle Noel said...

Awwwww Jena!!! I'm so sorry this happened! I would feel utterly violated too. Things have got to start looking up next month!

Leslie @ Body Won't Break said...

Oh Jena I am so sorry! My car got stolen in college after a friends apartment was broken into. They took my Phi Lamb blanket, CDs, dried flowers from a friend's wedding and Christmas presents I had gotten from a friend. So I do completely understand.

It is such a terrifying experience. So sorry you had to go through it.

k8te said...

oh my gosh, how scary! i'm glad he didn't get anything valuable - but smart move on changing the locks, etc.

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

OH MY GOSH. That is awful. I had a cd player stolen out of my car once, and I felt so so so violated. I'm really sorry, but thankful you didn't have anything super expensive. Did they take your title? Isn't that like your social security card- I always thought you weren't supposed to keep it with the car? I keep mine in my freezer. I don't know why. My mom did it so I do it too. That sounds like such a mess. I'm really sorry. )-: Hugs!

~Kathryn

Veronica Lee Burns said...

Jenna that's so sad! and scary!

Sar said...

Dude, who steals a Bible?! Someone who needed it more than you, I think. God works in mysterious ways...

Katie Did What said...

That is so awful, Jena!!! I'm so sorry- really it's the sentimental things that are harder to get taken from you than the valuable stuff. I guess Grahm has something to get you for Christmas now, huh? ;)

xo

Katie Did What said...

I like this comment. A lot. :)

Laurie @ Keepin' up with the Scardinas said...

SO sorry to hear this! That is just awful! This happened to me only once and it was my brand spankin new (at the time) acura RSX the creep got away with a head unit that I busted my ass to buy in high school, a bunch of CD's that were burnt for me by my now husband and some personal documents. It's an awful feeling no matter what they take from you, they take a sense of security away from you and make you second guess every person walking up and down the street(at least I do now..) and it makes me sad. :(

Lauren said...

Ughh...this just plain old sucks! I can only imagine how violated I would feel if this happened to me!

Helene said...

omg!!! i am so sorry, awful.

Mgmt., The Park Ave. Pub said...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry this happened to you. I can understand the feeling like you've been violated. Sentimental things are worth more to me -- you can always buy a new car charger, but you can't get pictures back. :( And I'm not religious, but that's terrible that he (I'm assuming "he") stole your Bible.

Melissa Knott said...

Oh I am so sorry that happened. Nobody deserves that. Sentiment is often times more valuable than anything with monetary value. I am so so sorry he took those things from you.

On the bright side, you and Graham are OK.

Allison said...

Oh no Jena...that's awful. I'm sorry he got your bible, but OBVIOUSLY he needs it more than you right now. Maybe he sat down and read a few verses that will change his life. You just never know!

Liz Brown said...

That happened to me a couple months ago. They took a crappy sweatshirt and my car insurance ... but then dropped the insurance in the parking lot where the maintenance man found it. So I was comforted by the fact that they didn't get much for their trouble. :P I'm so sorry you lost what you did!

Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

That is just terrible! I am so sorry this happened to you. It's usually not the expensive things that we value most. I really can't believe that he took your bible. Maybe he'll open it up and see the error of his ways...perhaps return your stuff since he has your address? One can hope right? In the mean time keep that butter knife handy. What a crappy thing for him to do!

Nagehan said...

When I first moved to New York City, I happened to park my car on Central Park West in a beautiful neighborhood. I thought nothing would happen since the location was right in front of some of the most gorgeous brownstone homes. Nope. The next day 2 of my windows were shattered and they took everything. It was horrible :( I'm glad you're okay! xo

CMae said...

The best part of this whole post is the fact that you owned up about not being lazy and needing to take your shit inside your house. AMEN! lol I tell my friends all the time that I have NOTHING in my car and I keep in that way ON PURPOSE so that if some idiot did decide to rob it, they'd literally find nothing! And to answer your friend's question above, you NEVER keep your TITLE in the car! Only registration and proof of insurance!

Jana said...

Booooo! I'm sorry that happened! Definitely not a fun experience. Glad you're okay though!

Sara said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry this happened to you. :-(

I would feel completely violated, too...

Mommy Dearest said...

bleh! he smoked in your car! I am so sorry you had to deal with this. That is always such an icky feeling!

Love and Such said...

That's beyond annoying.. I'd be pissed.
I would cry if someone took my bible- I've got so many notes, thoughts, pictures stashed in there.. it's like a journal!!

Sorry about your poor car.. and things being stolen!
Karma. is. a bitch.

Love and Such said...

....And by Karma is a bitch I meant for the guy that broke into your car.. haha not for you!

Annabelle said...

That sucks girl! Real bad! I would have cried over the bible and the earrings too!

Shawna said...

This is scary! I never lock my car doors but I don’t live in a huge city either. Who steals a bible? That is pretty low in my book. I can only hope that robber finds some guidance reading your bible!

Kristina from Everything Changes said...

I'm SO sorry! I had my car broken into once. They stole my iPod, and left behind my GUN. I was so afraid. And I felt violated, just like you do. This reminds me...I need to clean out my car.

I hope your peace of mind returns SOON!

Amy said...

So he stole those things?!?! :( : ( :(

Victoria said...

I'm sorry, Jenna =( That sucks.

Michelle said...

Oh man, I'm so sorry!! My husband's truck was robbed a few months ago. It's a frightening feeling.

Katie said...

This is terrible! I'm so sorry this happened to you :(

Holly said...

Who would SMOKE in the car, too?! What a freaking jerk. I would CRY if I lost my Bible!!! I have everything in there...so much sentiments. I'm so sorry this happened :(