Cops and Robbers

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No work done, and I’m feeling a little weird and overtired too, so I’ll probably be a bit slow catching up with everyone. I was woken up by a big bang at three o’clock. Bella barked and then settled down to a steady growl. So I had a wander around, didn’t see anything obviously wrong, and finally put the kettle on. Then I noticed that one of the small windows above the sink was open, and the draining rack was knocked over. I never leave an unscreened window open because of my feathered horde so I closed it. And then I realised that a couple of containers that had been on the rack were missing. Nowhere to be found. Eventually I opened the kitchen door and got the fright of my life. Someone had tried to break in, and the security gate was all bent and broken.

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When I went around the back to check things out I saw that the would be burglars had parked a couple of old plastic chairs under the window, and muddy prints of both bare feet and shoe prints told the story. So there were definitely at least two of the buggers. The containers from the rack were on the floor outside. Not sure what that was all about.

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Two uniformed policemen arrived very quickly after being phoned. They took my statement and checked everything out thoroughly, and we had some very cool chats about the state of the nation and all sorts of things. They reckoned that it’s Zimbabweans who are committing the spate of violent break-ins around here lately, not wanting to head home for Christmas empty handed. Not too long ago a grandmother and her little granddaughter were badly beaten, strangled, and left for dead, all for the theft of a couple of bucks. It was a miracle that they both survived. Anyway, about twenty minutes after the uniforms left, a detective arrived and conducted another inspection, and found the point of entry by spotting a fresh footprint in a pile of old grass cuttings by the wall chop chop. Now I’m waiting for the dog unit, and the fingerprint people who will arrive sometime today.

I’m seriously impressed at their thoroughness, and really quick action, and especially impressed at the seriously book-worthy detective. He pointed out weaknesses in security around the house. He reckons there’s a spray the robbers use, and apparently it puts people into such deep snoozes that the thieves have been known to cook something while the homeowners are knocked out. He also said that if they decide to come back, they’ll probably bring cutters to take off the security bars at the windows I normally do leave open. No more open windows after lights out around here anymore. The best thing he said was that they’d be patrolling around here at night now, so that’s a real comfort.

We had robbers up in Zimbabwe cut a screen with a knife, and one of them was halfway through the window when he was spotted by a security guard, so that was one lucky escape, and now number two. It’s all a bit rotten, and given me the serious willies. These crooks tried really hard to get in. They moved a wooden reel under the lounge window and opened the screen from the outside, and clearly were desperate enough to not give a toss about the amount of noise they made. Apart from the worry that they’ll come back to finish the job, and from a scribblers perspective, it is a bit exciting. That would sound a bit twisted to a normal person, but writers aren’t really, as we know. So on the whole, I’m enjoying having police cars zooming in and out, and watching these guys do their work has been a real eye-opener for me. Not sure how well I’ll sleep tonight, but it’s nice to know that our guys in blue are out there. Anyone who chooses to invade people’s homes while they’re sleeping, with the intent to harm and steal deserves anything coming to them.

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73 thoughts on “Cops and Robbers

    T Ibara Photo said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This must have been very frightening. I’m relieved to know you and your family are safe, and that the police seem to be doing a very thorough job. Easier said than done of course, but hope you can take a few deep breaths and allow yourself a quick rest. Thinking of you. Again, sorry you had to experience this 😦

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you Takami my friend. 🙂 I’m very grateful that they didn’t get in – still get chills when I look at the violent way they tried to get in. 😦 Just as well the police here aren’t as bad as the post office though. 😀 X

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    Pamela Beckford said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Scary stuff. Glad you are okay

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks Pamela. 🙂 It’s made me a bit grateful to be here today to be honest. You never know when something will just come out of the blue, and the end…. X

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    Jack Eason said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I’m glad your ok too. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you Jack. 🙂 I can’t leave all my scribbles unwritten. Still – I’ve learned a lot from this scare, and I’ll make sure the sods don’t get in if they try again. X

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    Sue Vincent said:
    November 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Glad you are okay, Jo and it was no worse. Good to know the patrols will be local to you too.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you Sue. 🙂 I’m thinking of joining the neighbourhood watch too – may as well let the buggers know you’re not waiting shivering in your boots for them to invade your house. X

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    November 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Our lovely Jo had unwanted visitors in the night – enough to give us all the heebies but in her usual pragmatic self, Jo as a writer is going to take full advantage of the experience. Jo if we lived closer we would all be there tonight with a few golf clubs and a bottle of wine or two. HugsXX

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you my lovely Sally! Having you over for some lovely wine with golfing weapons would make it a worthwhile experience. I’ve got LOTS of notes from my nice policemen for future reference too. HUGS ❤ XXX

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    November 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Would be there in a heartbeat with my trusty golf club and eardrum shattering whistle – however, as you say great fodder for the thrillers.. XX♥

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      You make it sound like fun! Definitely fiction fodder though – a couple of gorgeous old girls hunting down robbers and dishing out their own brand of justice. Maybe, maybe! ❤ 🙂 XXX

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    WordWabbit said:
    November 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Glad you are ok too. Wow. How frightening. What’s this about the spray? They didn’t use it on you did they? Seems like they were able to make quite a racket without you waking very soon. Have you considered getting a dog? Even a small one would be good for letting you know if anyone was around. Stay safe and keep writing. Interesting happenings.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 Apparently they spray it in windows, and they didn’t get near my bedroom window thank goodness. I’ve got my labrador Bella, and if it wasn’t for her bark and growling I can’t imagine what would have happened. I’m definitely getting another dog though – a much bitier one than Bella. 😉

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    john flanagan said:
    November 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Always a bad experience, Jo, and i’m sorry you had to go through it. Luckily, you’re fine.
    Take the best care.
    john

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks John. 🙂 I’m glad I had a lucky escape, but really sorry for some others around here. X

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    davidprosser said:
    November 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I’m so glad you’re more security conscious than I am Jo and absolutely delighted that you’re OK. I hope the police presence will keep the thieves from coming back.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you David. 🙂 You must be VERY security conscious after your break in! I don’t think they’ll come back, although you never know. They can’t have been watching the house very well because I usually get up around 3am anyway, and that’s the time they chose to break in. I just wish I could have seen the arm in the window and pelted it with a pot or something. XXXMassiveHugsXXX ❤

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    Victo Dolore said:
    November 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Ack! I can completely understand your excitement since you escaped relatively unscathed but YIKES with the sleeping spray and the beating people. Please stay safe!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you Victo! 🙂 That spray thing blew my mind a little. I’ve forgotten now, but I have the name of it written down somewhere. It’s a fluid commonly used in cars and anyone can buy it. Apparently they sometimes put it in perfume bottles too, offer ladies walking down the street a sample smell, and then rob them when they go down. X

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    November 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Glad to hear you’re okay and the cops are on the case. Hope they catch the guys. It’s really sad the way humans treat each other.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Charles. 🙂 It’s rotten that anyone could feel entitled to do these things. There’s no excuse for it. Fair enough – if you’re that desperate, swipe something, but beating people up just for the hell of it can’t be justified by hunger. 😦

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        November 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

        It’s really bizarre when that happens. Maybe it just kicks in that primal part of the human brain where survival is everything, but that’s still no excuse.

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    sknicholls said:
    November 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    You must feel so violated! It is a shame people think they have to take from someone else rather than earn their own way. Glad to hear the cops on on it. Hope they aren’t in it , as is sometimes the case. Stay safe. Carry a bat with nails on the end of it.. HA! Or at l;east keep one under the bed.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      You’re so right about the sense of violation. Just the thought of them sticking their arms in the windows and taking out containers is bad enough, and I’m purposely not thinking of what could have happened if they’d actually got in. There’s been a lot of people talking about bribery and corruption, and the guy who did the fingerprinting told me that the last bunch of housebreakers to be caught were given two month sentences – probably won’t put them off, plus they get a two month break with three meals a day. I’m FOR that bat with nails. 😀

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    philipparees said:
    November 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Good ‘police procedure’ material one day. Thought of getting one of those triggered recorders of Alsatians barking? But really frightening. My daughter in LOndon this week returned to her flat in which everything had been moved. Nothing stolen but a kind of sinister ‘want you to be seriously frightened’ by how well I know your habits and where you put things. Police uninterested because nothing was stolen, not even assigned a case report. Turned out that a photographer sent to photograph a flat for an estate agent, had mistaken the flat and felt free to move everything for his art!

    Four hours of very serious fear!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Now that sounds mindblowingly terrifying! It really would make a fantastic psychological thriller though – some murderous person moving things around in houses before attacking. That would have scared me a LOT more than what happened here. It looks like I really did get lucky with my police, although I got the impression that they really want to catch these guys. They’ve been terrorising the town for a long time apparently. X

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    coldhandboyack said:
    November 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Glad to hear you’re okay. Frightening stuff.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 It’s made me love my guardian angels even more – those guys really work overtime for this old bird.

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    November 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    WOW – and I bet NOW you’re thinking of a DETECTIVE NOVEL Jo 😀
    Seriously though, I’m glad you and yours are all safe!
    With so much poverty around (not just where you are) we’ll see a lot more of this kind of thing, so LOCK UP TIGHT and add some more security – like bulkhead lights that come on via sensors, extra steel grids on windows AND doors, etc.
    🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Chris! 😀 I’ve got a bit part detective in my December book who is getting a TOTAL makeover now. 😀 Those footprints got me thinking that they could be worked into some future cover too. Ha haaa! I’m with you on the extra security though. Got motion detecting alarm going in now, and I’m looking for a dog with big teeth in need of a new home to join Bella – she’s more of a lover than a biter. 😀 X

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        The Story Reading Ape said:
        November 27, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        You mean Bella would slobber them to death? 😀 😀 😀
        PS I can do footprints Jo – I have the technology 😀

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    November 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    The intruders really DID go to town. I wonder you slept through the noise. Glad you’re okay and hope they don’t come back.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Tess. 😀 I’m actually more amazed that I woke up – I can sleep through just about any racket. I’m sure it was all down to Bella getting through to my subconscious. 🙂

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    Jet Eliot said:
    November 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Oh Jo, this sounds terribly frightening. But your writer’s perspective on it had me smiling. It’s a good thing you were bolted in so well.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Jet! It was a very lucky escape. I think my home-made chicken wire thingy to stop my birds flying out the door also got in their way a bit. Good thing for crafty old girls. 😀

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    WeaverGrace said:
    November 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I’m glad you are OK. What a fright. I’m glad that you have the writer’s gift of a detached perspective to balance your vulnerability.

    I paused with sadness as I read what you wrote about the police speculating who did it and why.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      All my hair literally stood up when I saw what they’d done – scary stuff indeed. It is sad when people get to that point of desperation, but apparently once they get it right, they just get greedy and violent. 🙂

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    Distortion said:
    November 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    that is really disturbing, glad you are okay

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you Matthew. 🙂 I’m really grateful to still be in one piece.

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        Distortion said:
        December 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

        we all are, especially the week I just had

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    belsbror said:
    November 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Here’s something you would want to hear.
    In our small sleepy village, there were also out-of-town robbers before. They attack at night, especially houses where they thought no one was around. One time, a couple of them strayed in a house which they believed as empty. They entered the place like they used to: with sacks and small weapons to protect themselves.
    Unfortunately for them, the house owner had been waiting in the dark. Armed with a club, he immobilized both men with several strikes in different parts of their bodies.
    To make a long story short, both robbers were maimed for life. Their sad tale was news all over. That episode sowed fear to criminals that they don’t come around in these parts again.
    Naturally, the robbers were not jailed because no one called the police. Even their supposed assailant did not come forward. Some thin lady came out to pretend she owned the house where the robbers met their fate.
    Moral lesson: if a man chooses a criminal life, then he should accept the risk of being injured or be killed.
    My advice: Be brave. If ever they come back, be prepared to defend yourself. If they get injured, they have only themselves to blame.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Brilliant! I totally agree with you, and I won’t have any problem hurting people like that. The detective told me that they’re absolutely fearless, the way the gain entry and also hurting people, and that’s probably because everyone gives them all they ask for. After giving a couple of these robbers all the money in his house, the still hit him in the head with a panga apparently. Maybe if people fight back they won’t be so fearless.

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        belsbror said:
        November 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

        I do hate violence. That means I would never start a fight or do harm to anyone if a compromise is possible.
        However, I do believe in self defense. My house is my house. If someone comes inside with criminal thoughts against me, I have the right to defend myself, The best defense is offense. So robbers beware. I will probably ask questions later once I am sure the robber will not do the same thing to someone else. Again.
        Good people are at the mercy of criminals. Once in a while though an example should serve to warn them that they, too, could get a dose of their own medicine, that good people also get angry and can do worse things against them if forced by necessity.
        If robbers do not want to get hurt, they should try looking for an honest job.

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    First Night Design said:
    November 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Serious willies indeed, if you’ll pardon the expression! The last time it happened to me, I wasn’t at home but the noise alerted my neighbours who came out and to start with were conned into believing he was my brother. Luckily, they did ask him a couple of questions he was unable to answer and so they said they were going to call the police and the guy ran off. But did they ring the police? No. And when I came home and rang the coppers, I was faced with ‘Why didn’t your neighbours call us at the time?’ Some people are extraordinary! Very worrying to hear about a special spray. That’s all we need. Take care.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Sarah. 🙂 Thank goodness you were out! I always expect the police in the first world to be perfect, and I’ve been amazed at some of the stories I hear about them sometimes being downright unhelpful and even unprofessional. I think I must have been lucky with the cool coppers I got. Or maybe they just enjoyed all the interest and attention they got. 😀 It was all I could do not to carry a notebook around with me.

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    Sue Dreamwalker said:
    November 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Just so pleased Jo you are all fine.. and no one is harmed… We can always replace ‘Things’ but not people.. sounds like your police are well aware and glad they also gave you some pointers on helping secure your property.. ..
    How aweful for that Grandmother and granddaughter… so pleased they recovered…
    It must be very un-nerving …. take care of you!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you Sue. You’re so right about replacing things. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be at the mercy of people like that, and I can’t imagine what kind of person you’d need to be to hurt innocents for absolutely no reason either. Thank you my friend, and have a wonderful, peaceful week. ❤

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    geraldine said:
    November 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Glad to hear you’re safe, Jo. Seriously frightening. Good job your dog woke you up and they didn’t manage to actually get in the house. Your police sound very impressive. So thorough. Take care.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Geraldine. 🙂 They only managed to get their arms in the window, but they came close enough to getting in. The police told me that whoever this gang is going around the area are, just crowbar the actual doors open so thank goodness for Bella. 🙂 X

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    Kev said:
    November 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Bloody hell, Jo! Glad you’re alright, that’s the main. I’m impressed with the police and the detective… very thorough indeed. So they may come back? Hope you’re prepped. Bet you’ll be sitting there, gun cocked ready to say, “please do come in.” Can’t see you doing the Arny quote though. 😀
    Jo, Seriously? ONLY YOU could turn this into something exciting. lol. I’ll look forward to your detective novel that’s based on a true story. 😉

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      It was exciting even though it was terrifying. Each one of the guys that came out yesterday gave me some amazing true stories too. The crims around here are a lot more professional that I would have imagined. Terrifying buggers, but definitely interesting. 🙂 X

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    ghostmmnc said:
    November 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, such a crazy,unsettling night you had. Glad you are ok! Maybe Bella scared them away before they could do more damage. Stay safe!!!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      It was a really odd day and I was lights out by 7pm after all the goings on. Bella was definitely the hero because she’s never barked and growled in that tone of voice before. If she hadn’t I probably would have gone back to sleep and they could have made in all the way in. 🙂 X

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    7128788elf said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Jo, sorry that you had to go through all of this, but am pleased they did not get anything, and did not harm you. Also pleased the police responded quickly. I remember once reporting a series of shootings just after ten in the evening, and there being a knock on my door 5am the nest morning, I told the policeman that we were already dead, he apologized for talking so long: the police station was about 8 minutes walk from my house! Keep well, sleep well, best wishes and Blessings, Charles.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Charles. Wow! That is a terrible response time! I must say, I was really pleasantly surprised at the entire way they’re handling this, because I’ve heard similar stories to yours. Best wishes and Blessings to you also my friend. 🙂 X

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        7128788elf said:
        November 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Thanks. Be strong, 🙂 Charles.

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    Colline said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I can only agree with your last statement. Stay safe.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Colline. 🙂 I’m going to make sure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen here again. They got way too close for comfort.

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    olganm said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Scary stuff. Good the police responded promptly and you can see the interesting side of it. Hope you regain your calm soon…:)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Olga. I’m not as freaked out as I was anymore. It’s still amazing to me that people are that bold. 🙂 X

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    cicampbell2013 said:
    November 27, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Scary stuff! But forget about sleeping, Jo. Get on with the writing! If you can’t make a story out of this… Look at the character studies you can do. The police procedural info you’re gaining first hand. Great for a scribbler. But scary! I’m glad you weren’t knocked out or anything and I really do hope they don’t come back and everything’s okay…but keep writing 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Christine! It’s really been fascinating. The guy who dusted for prints let me look at all the things in his bag too, and patiently explained everything I asked about. Probably thinks I’m a nutter. He’s probably right too. 😀

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    teagan geneviene said:
    November 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Applesauce! Jo, how horribly frightening. I’m glad to know you’re safe and well. I’m just stunned by how hard they tried to get in. That’s the real kicker…
    Sending you hugs and safety-vibes of a big blue protective bubble surrounding you and everyone/thing you love. 🙂

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    Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
    November 28, 2014 at 9:45 am

    It’s scary! The home that I shared with my late mother was broken into while she was in hospital, months before her passing.I came home from visiting her to find it. Traumatic, sometimes. Sending hugs, too. 🙂

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    Sarah Ferguson said:
    November 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    So scary! So glad you are OK.

    Also, I am glad to hear you asked all about the fingerprinting – someone broke into my car a couple years ago and they came and did all that. I think they were more than a bit annoyed with my questions (and picture taking). I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who has done that!

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    gillswriting said:
    November 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Pole sana my friend. I am so glad that you had an efficient response to this and tat you are OK. xxx

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    Sherri said:
    December 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Oh Jo, I’m so sorry you had to go through this, how very frightening. So heartening to read of your positive dealings with the police though. Keep safe my lovely, special friend…and I’m so glad you have Bella. Best protection there is (so said my ex who worked for the Department of Corrections in the States, which is just one of the reasons why we always had one or two dogs). Lots of love and hugs and peaceful thoughts… ❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ❤

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    Mira Prabhu said:
    December 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Jo, you are an amazing woman – love the way you tackle all sorts of things…and so happy you are safe. Please continue to take excellent care of your beautiful self. Love from Arunachala in south India. Mira

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    December 17, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Sorry to hear this, Jo. How unsettling.

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    chrllrobb.blog said:
    December 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    So sorry to hear about this. It is a scary thing to have someone try to break in. Especially when you are at home. So glad you were not hurt, or that there wasn’t any serious damage done to your house. I have had a house broken into and vandalized. It is a scary and disgusting thing to have to deal with. Prayers of safety for you and yours. Hopefully they will not be back, and or get caught soon. Take care.

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