Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Reminder of Something I Wanted to Forget

A year ago, you might remember I blogged about how my purse got stolen in a church parking lot during my sister's wedding. Actually it was my purse AND diaper bag. Luckily our car wasn't damaged, but being out of state with no diapers or baby supplies was extremely hectic. My only consolation is that we're so broke I didn't have a single penny (seriously no loose change) in either bag. I don't use checks. We don't own credit cards either. There was nothing of value that they got, other than my basic information.

In the meantime it was a hassle for me to get a new license and other articles. Fast forward to this Friday night, over a year later. It's pouring rain and I'm reading in our living room. I see a van pull up and a "soccer mom" type lady come up to our door and ring the bell. 

Chris answers and she says, "Are you Chris ____?" He says yes, and she goes on to say that she was contacted by a man who "found" our stuff. She describes exactly what was stolen: a license, debit card, Longwood Gardens pass, and health insurance cards. Her last name was the same as ours, and she lived nearby, hence the mix up. She says she was worried we might be searching and wanted to give us this guy's number. She continues that the guy was shady and kept changing his name and said he found everything in a porter potty? She seemed genuinely confused. 

The whole thing has me creeped out. I thought I was done with all this. I had immediately closed all the cards and reported everything stolen. I purchased LifeLockI was finally feeling relieved that a year had gone by and everything was settled. My hope was that whoever stole everything, just threw it away and it wasn't circulating around anymore. 

I wasn't surprised though. In nearly all cases the robber tries to contact you with some story about how they "found" your stuff. They try to meet up with you to give it back for cash. The same thing happened to my mom years ago when I was a kid. Unfortunately for this robber, I had no valuables I want back. I'm so angry about the whole thing. That there's bums out there like this that live off of other people. I'm scared that he may try to come to our house when he finds I don't contact him. He must be hard up for money if he's making calls about stolen goods over a year later. Any advice? Anyone experience something similar?  

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  1. My wallet was stolen in college, and so I went about cancelling everything (credit cards, licence, health, all of it). Actually, I had to fight for a new licence in NJ, because I only had 5 of 6 points required to get one. All the rest of my stuff worth points was in the stolen wallet! Headache. Anyway. Got all new stuff and about two months later, my entire wallet was mailed back to my license address. The only thing missing was cash. Thank god. Because... I had my social security card in there from something with school! I had forgotten to take it out. Lucky.

    I would say, either don't contact him or get the phone number and address and then ask the police what to do. Say that you're afraid he may come knocking, that the woman got a shady story, and if they can assist you, you'd like them to. It might be good to get back the stuff, just so he doesn't have access to your personal information anymore.

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    1. So crazy! I don't get it? They take your stuff and then want to give some of it back?

      Planning on filing a police report.

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  2. That sounds pretty scary; I don't blame you for being angry / shaken up. I would also contact the police and see what they suggest. It seems like you've taken a lot of the precautions necessary.

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  3. Wow, that is terrifying, and I completely understand your feelings/anxiety relating to it! I can't believe thieves try to get money from the people they steal from. This week I found this woman's credit card on the sidewalk outside of my job, called the number on the back, talked to the people, she called me and came to pick it up but seemed less than grateful. I wonder if she thought I somehow stole it and was going to ask for money... or she might of just been rude. Whateves.

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    1. Oh no! I guess it's so hard for ppl to tell who's honest. I had suspisions about the lady who came to our house, but gave it the benefit of a doubt and thanked her several times.

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    2. yes, i would def tell the police. crazy!!!

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  4. Wow, that sounds so scary! I might have asked to see ID from her to verify she did indeed have your same last name/ or maybe taken down her license plate numbers. I am skeptical of her version of the story. Wouldn't this person who had your drivers license have your address as well. I don't know... I am sorry you are going through this!

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    1. I wouldn't have felt comfortable doing that. She seemed in a hurry and was very nice, like she wanted to get home. She didn't have anything to gain, money or goods. She just gave us his number which was a Philly number and left.

      My guess is the guy is too afraid to show up at our house. They always get you to come to them to protect themselves. He knows I would probably call the police if he showed up.

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  5. Wow, that IS creepy! Why on earth would he hold on to all that stuff for an entire year? So that it seemed more plausible that he just "found" it?

    A friend of mine had her purse stolen from the gym when she was working out. Her cell phone was in her purse and she called it from several other people's phone and left messages to whoever might have her purse but obviously never heard back.

    Fast forward 6 years and a police officer comes to her house after a man brought in a purse he found in the attic of the house he had just purchased. Every single thing was still inside except her cash. She charged her phone and laughed at all of the threatening messages she had left that were never even heard!

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    1. You know what's scary about that story? That it sounds like an average guy was stealing stuff! I guess in my head I always picture a "thug," but that's not how they all are.

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