Cops and Robbers Part Two

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Not a happy bunny.  We had another break in attempt, and the wobbly shock is just starting to set in now.  This time the sods managed to get away with a very expensive laptop that Angus bought not so long ago.  I heard Bella barking at around four this morning, had a look outside and didn’t see anything so I shuffled back to my office to my computer.  Then I heard a little noise but wasn’t overly worried because it was quite windy.  I went through to the lounge anyway, and there it was.  An arm sticking through the burglar bars waving a rake around.  I was so shocked that I never wondered why it was waving a rake around, but just freaked right out.  The only thing around that I could lay my hands on was a long fluorescent light tube, so I just grabbed that and whacked the arm, yelling “Get out of here, you f****r”.  Rude word I know, but really appropriate at the time.  The tube shattered, so I zoomed off to fetch my big knife, although my yelling had woken Angus up, who was now also beating the daylights out of the tenacious bloody arm. I reckon he’s chipped a bone on his own arm too in all that chaos, and there’s broken fluorescent glass all over the floor and blood all over the curtains.  It was really shocking the way that the arm just kept coming for more.  Not cool.
Even more not cool was trying to figure out what the arm and rake was doing in the first place.  At some point they’d already managed to hook the laptop off the dining room table onto a nice soft chair, and then they pulled the chair to the window and got hold of the laptop that way.  They really wanted it too considering that they’d added a wire hook to the side of the rake, so they must have been very busy fellows outside for quite a while.  There was a strong garden broom lying snapped in two on the floor, which I reckon they might have used to try and pull out the burglar bars first.  They’d got the broom and the rake by first getting into a locked outside room through a window they managed to open.
The police took a while to get here this time, but I’d also phoned the neighbourhood watch, who were really cool and arrived in force, but didn’t stay long after the cops got here when they got a report of a car being broken into up the road.  Walking around outside with the police we discovered that the thieves had dropped a carved walking stick.  I’ll take a picture of it later because we’ve been told not to touch anything till the fingerprint people come, and I’m a bit too shaky anyway to get a decent shot right now I reckon.  Looking at it did make me wonder how many people have been clouted with it during the course of their general activities.  Also makes me wonder if they’ll come back again, and then third time could be the charm for them.  And then even more wondering if they might think about retrieving their walking stick.  It’s obviously some specially made thing, and the head of it looks like a carved baboon face, or monkey, so I’m guessing that whoever dropped it isn’t overly happy about losing it.  Thieving sod.
I think I may have got a new reader though, as long as he’s cool with typos and a lot of scribbling and scratching out in a book.  While the one policeman was getting all the details down, he asked me what I do, and when I said I write books, the senior one asked to see them.  I haven’t actually got any around here right now apart from the old original proofs because I’m holding off ordering any until I update the back covers.  I showed him those, and he sat reading the two “diary entries” by Christopher that I put in the back of African Me while I finished giving the statement.  When they left he said he loved it and wanted to read the whole thing, so with fair warning about it being the very first proof and not looking really good at all I gave it to him.  He then thanked me for all of them and tootled off, so now I better move my jacksie and order some more.  Who knows, he might spread the word.
Right.  Now I’m off to strongly spike my tea, give Bella a big bone for saving the day a second time, and Freddie a smaller one for sleeping through the whole thing.  And now the last letter of the alphabet has gotten stuck down on my keyboard too.  Bah humbug.

 

Bella

 

 

 

90 thoughts on “Cops and Robbers Part Two

    mihrank said:
    July 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

    So sorry that happened – Most important you are healthy and nothing happened to you all…

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    marjma2014 said:
    July 7, 2015 at 9:27 am

    How awful, what a nasty experience, especially as you’ve been through it before. Hope the burglars stay well away and give you a well earned rest. Hugs.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    July 7, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Everyone pop over to Jo Robinson who had another attempted break in last night.. The thieves managed to get an arm through a locked window and hook a laptop and Bella the dog alerted Jo and her husband to the intrusion but this resulted in a stomach churning encounter.. She needs a virtual hug right now despite having managed to win a new fan for her books at the same time!!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you my lovely Sally. HUGS!❤ XXXXX

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        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
        July 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        Pleasure of course.. hope you are doing okay after the start of the week.. hugsXX

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 10, 2015 at 12:46 am

          You’re also awake in the wee hours Sal? The heat? I think I’ll settle down with an alarm and maybe a couple of nasty weapons. Love and more HUGS! XXXX

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            Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
            July 10, 2015 at 8:44 am

            Luckily we have a heat exchanger in our bedroom so important to get sleep. And I would also be sleeping with an arsenal under my pillow, bed, kitchen table and under windows. Perhaps a sign on the gate.. Guard Python – unfed! Trespasses will be eaten…hugsXXX

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    T Ibara Photo said:
    July 7, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Oh my, I’m so sorry to hear this😦
    I’m relieved that you are safe, but it really is so stressful. Sending warm wishes and positive vibes from Tokyo❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you Takami. It really feels weird, but hopefully it’s over. HUGS!❤

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    Stephen Liddell said:
    July 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    That sounds so awful, I’m really sorry😦

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you Stephen. Not good for sleeping at all – reckon I might set some kind of record for being awake for a week at this rate. 😀

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    Clive Mullis said:
    July 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Sounds horrible Jo, hope you recover from the shock and they catch the b*****s! X

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you Clive. It’s a nasty business. I don’t think the cops plan on doing much – they even left the walking stick here. Need your three here and a bottle – or two – of stout. 🙂

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    davidprosser said:
    July 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Darling Jo, I’m so sorry you’ve had to experience this. I send a million virtual hug to help you get over the shakes and the shock. If there was blood around I can only hope it was his and that the police can identify him from the DNA and put him behind bars before he tries a third time.
    I hate the losses we suffer from these kind of events. Everything seems so personal. Grit your teeth Jo and make sure the insurance claim goes straight in so the laptop can be replaced quickly.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you my lovely David. The worst thing is the hyper vigilance and inability to sleep now. I reckon your Somnos has popped over to Africa for a bit. HUGS and MWAH!❤ XXXXXX

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        davidprosser said:
        July 10, 2015 at 5:40 am

        As long as you don’t sign up for anything with Somnos you should eventually find sleep adjusting itself back to normal bit by bit. Mike’s father was burgled this week while he watched TV. They broke into his key safe outside and entered the flat even turning lights on in other rooms. If he’d got up to use the loo he’d have seen them. Unfortunately, much of what he had was not insured specifically so his deceased wife’s jewellery and his own gold rings, watches etc aren’t insured because in his 80’s he no longer has proof of purchase or of inheritance. He thought himself safe with people having to break into the building itself before having to break into his flat. He thought a key safe with a code of entry was sufficient.
        I hope all these thieves are found and punished properly.
        xxx Massive Hugs Dearest Jo xxx

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

          That is terrible David! The trauma of knowing that those evil sods were actually in his home and could have hurt him must be awful. It’s so so sad that anyone would break in to anyone’s personal space and steal their precious things – things that they’ll sell for a pittance that can never be replaced. Maybe the punishments for these crimes aren’t good enough – around here they’re generally back on the streets in four months, and I’ve now found that the cops aren’t really bothered to investigate. Last week there were loads of home invasions around here. One where the burglars entered the kitchen of a medical doctor, but I’m happy to say that for once the intruder didn’t get to hurt the home owner. That good doc and his son put fourteen rounds into him, so we have one less murderous thief on the streets. Much love and HUGS to you dear David, and to Mike’s father many more too. ❤ XXXXXX

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    Victo Dolore said:
    July 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    ((Hugs)) I am so, so sorry you have had to endure this a second time!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Victo. HUGS. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to sleep well here again. Getting about 2 hours a night – good for answering comments though. XXXXX

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    Jack Eason said:
    July 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Not again Jo. If anyone is stupid enough to try it with me, I keep and extremly sharp chisel beside me at all times. I might go down, but the bugger’s will not get away Scott free either. Plus when they show up at A&E, they will have a hard time explaining why it is that they have a chisel sticking out of them!!!😉❤ xx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Chisel sound like a cool weapon Jack! I’ve found a place on line that sells self protection devices who have a really nasty looking gun that doesn’t need a licence (although their disclaimer says that you’re going to have to answer some serious questions if you ever get to use it). High powered and shoots multiple rounds semi automatic style of paintball size pellets of tear gas and some sort of shrapnel. Getting that. Love and HUGS!❤ XXXXXXX

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    July 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    That’s terrible, but at least you’re safe. Hope the burglar is nursing that injured arm for a while. Wonder if he’ll go to a hospital to get the lightbulb shards out of his arm.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks Charles. I really hope he gets sick – so much for being a nice person. He definitely got glass in his arm, the sod, although I just hope that they didn’t see anything else that they think is worth storming the gates for.

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    Karin said:
    July 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    So sorry to hear this Jo. Once is bad enough! I’ll add my voice to D. Prosser’s, hoping there’ll be zero chance of a third attempt anywhere. I’d be having that spiked tea out of a watering can!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      Thank you Karin! I’m really liking the thought of the watering can. 😀 I suppose you can never tell – I really never thought there would be a second time. Got a whole new warrior woman thing happening, wandering around at midnight with a carving knife. ❤

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    July 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I’m glad that you’re all OK and unharmed Jo – I guess the little one thought discretion was the better part of valour – besides – someone might have stepped on him in the fracas🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you Furry!😀 I reckon if Freddie was human he’d have really long hair and say “Yeah man” a lot. Second time Bella’s possibly saved lives though, so I’m a bit humbled by her coolness. ❤

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    First Night Design said:
    July 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    It seems contradictory to click the like button but I think of it as a show of support. How truly dreadful for you all, especially as it’s the second time. Please take care – lots of sweet tea (and Bach’s Rescue Remedy, perhaps!) and hugs between you all. This comes with love and hugs. Sarah x

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Lots of Bach’s Rescue Remedy to hand! Thank you Sarah – the love and hugs are needed and much appreciated. HUGS!❤ XXXXXX

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    ebooksinternational said:
    July 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Sorry for all that happened to you Jo,

    thank goodness you weren’t hurt.
    Maybe motion detection lights help, brightening the house surroundings?
    Anyway, take care, and hope this was the last time.

    All the best, Doris

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you Doris! I like your idea of motion detection lights – I’ll be checking out how to get some today scattered around the yard. If they come back again they have proper knowledge of the house now, so everything needs to be done. HUGS!❤

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    Wendy Janes said:
    July 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about this, Jo. Sending positive thoughts and hugs through the ether to you.

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    yeseventhistoowillpass said:
    July 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Wow! You at least weren’t harmed. I thought that kind of stuff only happened here in the U.S. It might be alarm installation time.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Angels and Bella working overtime I reckon Juan. Do you have violent in your face home invasions there? I’ve been putting off the alarm because I think that the loud testing might do my birds in, but maybe now I’ll start training them to get used to really loud noises. Beats being killed maybe. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Looking for your blog Juan and can’t find it – are you still there? Hope all is alright with you. ❤

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    Serins said:
    July 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Sheit! I’m really glad you are okay. Crime like this is really freighting.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you Serins! Too true – walking wreck here. They probably won’t come back, but the fact that they might has got me trying to operate on two hours max sleep a night. Good old South Africa! Blooming power cuts at night don’t help either. XXXXX

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        Anonymous said:
        July 10, 2015 at 12:16 am

        My views is that with power cuts motion detectors are sort of worthless, no? Dogs make the best ones for sure.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

          Dogs are definitely the way to go, and alarms that work with batteries maybe. Bella has definitely saved our bacon twice now – hopefully there won’t be a number three.

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    coldhandboyack said:
    July 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Thank God you’re okay. Maybe there is some inspired fiction in there somewhere for you.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you Craig! It’s definitely brought on some very violent and murderous inclinations – not like normal me at all. Maybe a superwoman type thing, where she goes a bit further than a smack on the wrist. 🙂

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        coldhandboyack said:
        July 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

        That’s exactly what they deserve.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 10, 2015 at 12:48 am

          True. I’ve been teetering between shame and glee at the thought of blasting the sods in the face with things that blind you.

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    Kev said:
    July 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Bloody hell, Jo! I am glad that everyone is alright… main thing… and you’re worried about a curse word? Too right it was appropriate! Well done, Bella for raising the alarm… what a beauty btw! I can’t believe the bad luck you’ve had with burglars. Hope the police catch who is was and recover your laptop… look for someone with a really bloody arm! (bastard(s)! If it happens again, pull the arm in and snap it over your thigh like twig!… or use a machete, that’ll keep whoever from poking their arm through bars again, permanently.)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Thanks Kev! Bella really is cool that way – she barked at me yesterday for opening a window – didn’t approve at all. I don’t think that the police have any intention of even looking – really “whatever” kind of bunch this time, and they didn’t even take the walking stick the burglars dropped with them as evidence. Liking the machete – a lot! HUGS! XXXXX

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        Kev said:
        July 10, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        Liking Bella, more and more.😉

        Not good enough! They like to wear the uniform, but when it comes to enforcing what that uniform is supposed to stand for, it’s a totally different story.

        Guess the machete may not be a bad idea after all… I’d most certainly look the other way and whistle during the process… especially after what you’ve just disclosed.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          July 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

          I think that even phoning the cops is a waste of time now. I’m getting a high powered paint ball gun. It rapid fires fifty hard glass and strong pepper spray balls instead of paint effective from 25 metres away so I reckon if it happens again, I could actually have some fun. 😀

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    The Crazy Crone said:
    July 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Sorry to hear you had such a lousy experience, Jo, although I did love the vision of you two whacking the arm stuck through the window. Don’t mess with Jo, Angus & Bella!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:07 am

      Thank you Tess! Note to self. A fluorescent tube really isn’t a light saber. 😀 It’s really rotten that there are people in the world like that, and I’m finding it really hard to justify their violence even if they are desperate. Evil sods. HUGS! XXXXX

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    janeboha said:
    July 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Let’s hear it for Bella and Freddie, though I think our dog would have been somewhere in the middle, and wanting to make friends with the arm and rake!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Thank you Jane! Bella was properly part of the noise – she’s a real hero again. I think I need some sort of dragon to patrol outside though. XX

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    olganm said:
    July 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    So sorry, Jo. Bella deserves a big treat and you two, a relaxing day somewhere. I hope you’re well and they catch them. And yes, it sounds like you should get a big supply of books.🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Thank you Olga! I’ve finally figured out that the police here aren’t all that fabulous, so I doubt that they’ll catch the swine. Just going to have to get some serious extra protection – and maybe give up sleeping. 😀 HUGS! XXXXX

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    Hugh's Views and News said:
    July 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    My goodness, so sorry to read this, Jo. Frightening experience. Having been burgled once and witnessed one while on the phone to the police I know exactly how you are feeling.

    I’m just pleased that Angus, Bella, Freddie and you are all OK and not physically harmed in any way.

    I hope a few virtual hugs will help…even if only a little.
    xx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Thank you Hugh – virtual hugs are brilliant right now! It’s a funny kind of terror, isn’t it – not knowing exactly what’s coming your way? The finger print guy told me that these gangs smoke drugs and get totally high before “jobs” so they’re prepared to do pretty much anything. Not a happy thought, although I’ve got a lovely carving knife right here now that might send one to AA meetings. HUGS!❤ XXXXX

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    marianallen said:
    July 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Hoorah for Bella! I’m surprised the Feathered Horde didn’t attack, but I suppose they could see you had it covered. I’ll bed the thieving sods stole that walking stick in the first place.

    I’m so glad you’re all all right! Pats to Bella and hugs to Angus — and tell him to give you a hug for me, luv!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Thank you Marian! The parrots did get out of bed and shout their heads off, but the little guy’s beds are covered so thankfully they didn’t end up out the window or something – Jelly isn’t one to back down. That walking stick gives me the proper creeps now that I’ve had a proper look at it after they checked it for fingerprints. It’s got a roughly drawn on baboon face – not a pretty thing. HUGS! XXXXXX

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    noelleg44 said:
    July 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

    How terrifying, Jo. I’m glad you’re ok and I hope the owner of the arm has major injuries. Sounds like you need an alarm system – have you thought of that? I take it burglaries are common in your area? We were broken into right after we moved into our house. The guy was still in the house when the babysitter came in with the kids. He had pried an entire window out to get in. I have a baseball bat my bed – you could have done some damage with that for sure!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:23 am

      Thank you Noelle – I think you’re right about the alarm – haven’t been able to sleep since. It’s strange to think of the sort of people who would happily break into houses and then hurt the people in it for good measure – really terrifying. I’ve moved an oversize brass candlestick next to my bed now – that will do a bit of damage. I just worry about not waking up now though. XXXXX

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    hsampson said:
    July 8, 2015 at 2:58 am

    I am sorry, I know the feeling and I hope you recover your calmness very soon. It takes time but now you´ll be wiser.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:27 am

      Thank you! I really hope the calmness comes back – feel a bit like a target. HUGS!

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        hsampson said:
        July 10, 2015 at 2:22 am

        Indeed but don’t give them that power over you, there are many things you have now learnt to be more careful and keep those thieves at bay. Take care and Good vibe to you and your family!

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    purpleslobinrecovery said:
    July 8, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Gracious, how terrifying, times two. I’m with Kev- use a machete next time. Perhaps a roll or two of razor wire?

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    mysm2000 said:
    July 8, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Oh, Jo, I can’t believe this! It’s incredible. I’m so glad you’re alright — things can be replaced but not people and pets. Give Bella a great big hug for me! So glad you have a neighbourhood watch. Next time, call them first, maybe. No! There won’t be a next time. Take care, my friend. We all need to be able to feel secure in our homes. You’re in my prayers!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Thank you – HUGS! The neighbourhood watch were kind of epic – all wearing combat gear. I think it’s down to us now though. We’re going to have to alarm and arm, because those guys have got good looks inside and shown no fear coming back for seconds. Not feeling overly brave though, so must buck up. ❤ XXXXX

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    mgill0627 said:
    July 8, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Wow, that’s so scary. I like the baseball bat idea though. I don’t understand why they didn’t remove their arm when you started hitting them. It’s just crazy.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:33 am

      It really was surreal. The police put it down to them being high on drugs – which they take for courage apparently. I’m so glad we hurt one of them for when he sobered up, but scared at the same time that he might want revenge. XXXXX

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    Jack Eason said:
    July 8, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Our Jo was burgled yet again. Give her your support.🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Thank you lovely Jack – HUGS and MWAH!❤ XXXXX

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    D. Wallace Peach said:
    July 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Frightening and sad, Jo. What a horrible experience to feel so invaded. You might need scarier looking dogs – Bella looks made for cuddles.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:40 am

      She really does. 😀 She’s got a bit of Rottweiler in her blood though, so she doesn’t back down at all. Maybe we should get a really mean guy for outside – definitely a great idea. I stopped being pro guns in homes a while ago (my family had a proper arsenal when I was growing up) but now I’m really regretting getting rid of my 9mm while at the same time worrying about what would happen if the sods got to it first. XXXXX

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    JunkChuck said:
    July 9, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    In the US, they wouldn’t have trifled with garden tools–they’d have kicked the door in. Not that this is any consolation.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

      That’s terrifying! It’s like the first time here – they just ripped the security gate in half with an almighty bang without worrying about the noise or that there were people in the house. Makes you wonder what they would do if they actually got in. I just hope the bastards aren’t planning another foray.

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    D.G.Kaye said:
    July 13, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Holy crap Jo! You’re a brave soul. That is a frightening situation alright. Good on you for trying to apprehend them, I can’t say what I would have done. And also, what a way to obtain a new reader, lol.🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      I’m pretty amazed myself for not zooming the other way actually even though I was well terrified. 😀 With a bit of luck they won’t want to come back to the violent, crazy, cussing woman’s house. Honestly though, these are some nasty creatures. When they do get in, they go out of their way to harm. Especially the elderly and children. ❤

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        D.G.Kaye said:
        July 20, 2015 at 3:16 am

        That is just disgusting and more frightening. Stay safe and on guard my friend!🙂❤

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    Susanne Leist said:
    July 16, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I’m happy to hear that you and your family, and of course, your dog weren’t hurt. I’ve never heard of thieves breaking in with rakes. In New York, they just bash down your door. Keep safe.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! It’s amazing that they’d actually do that in New York! I suppose we idealise your way of life from over here because of what we see on the moves and tv, although vicious thieving thugs really are all over the place. ❤

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    kathyrollinson said:
    July 16, 2015 at 7:36 am

    So sorry, Jo, that it happened to your family, AGAIN! Happy to hear that you are safe, and pleased you got a new reader! I was spell-bound when I read your blog. Maybe, after you have got over it, you could consider writing a book which included your experience. On second thoughts, you would probably prefer to forget about it.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you Kathy! I reckon nothing’s off limits when it comes to writing, and it could be quite cathartic too – still having serious sleep issues. On the plus side though, we’re sorting out some proper security and more outside lights, so if there’s a next time the swine are very unlikely to get in. ❤

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