Our car was broken into...you won't believe what they stole

This is the sight we woke up to the other day: Light streaming through the bare branches, casting a glow on the melting snow underfoot as we ventured down to the parking lot behind our apartment building.

As is often the case, all was not as it appeared. Upon making our way closer, we saw that our innocent-looking car (the Civic in the center of the photo above), we saw that...our back window had been completely obliterated. By this:

Yes, that huge hunk of rock was hurled through our window. Fortunately our neighbor heard the large crash and woke up to see the culprit in action. He called the police, but by the time they arrived, he'd already fled the scene. Fortunately the sun was shining and it was a clear night so we didn't have to deal with the consequences of waterlogged upholstery or mildew, which would have been the case a day earlier. Fortunately, we were able to get it all fixed within 24 hours and you wouldn't even know it had ever been accosted like that.

So, do you want to know what he ended up taking, after all that effort? You shouldn't be surprised to know we barely keep anything in our car at all. I won't even keep original CDs in there--all of the ones in my car are burned copies so that I don't have to worry about scratches.

While combing through our belongings and picking out the shards, we discovered that he walked away with only two items:
1) A make-up bag I kept in the glove compartment that had some extra blush, bronzer, eyeliner and lotion, all of which were admittedly pretty old and most likely disgustingly melted. (I didn't even use them!)
2) A little tub of cleaning wipes that I kept in my car to wipe down surfaces every once and awhile. To boot, they were the generic Meijer brand!

So now some strange man is walking around downtown Atlanta with a bag of old makeup and some cleaning wipes--an interesting combination for sure!

Though it was a hassle (and an unexpected $100 expense to cover the deductible), we're just glad we're safe and he didn't trash (or steal!) the car! Besides, it's almost comical what he ended up deciding to take. Though next time, why don't you just knock on the door? I'll gladly save you the effort and take you shopping at the grocery store instead!

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  1. So sorry to hear about your car! That is awful. My friend who lives in Virginia recently had someone break into her car. The only things they took were her bible and another religious book! She thinks they probably thought the bible was a purse because of the case in which she carried it. She is not sure why they tool the book!
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  2. Ugh, getting broken into is such a violating feeling! That is pretty funny though that they really thought those things were worth taking. When we lived in downtown cincy we had 3 different bikes stolen out of our garage and a package stolen from the mail another time. We felt so angry and indignant at the time...but now it's almost a fun memory of our downtown living experience...which is kind of weird to say... Anyway, one day me and you will live in cute houses and look back and laugh at all the little apartments in bad neighborhoods we had to live in :)

  3. Ugh...if it makes you feel any better, we are in a 'house' in a "cute neighborhood" and have also had problems with our cars being violated. Last week, someone broke our neighbors back passenger's side window. My car had been left unlocked (a total fluke) and all they did was pull out all my CD's and EVERYTHING out of my glove box. My driver's and passenger's seats were a mess...I have enough trouble keeping my car clean without their "help." Thank you very much!!!! :( Maybe in 15 years or so when we are all out of our "starter houses," We will FINALLY be in super-safe, super-classy neighborhoods....a girl can dream, right? :) Thankful you are all safe. Be careful out there!

  4. Ha, so true, ladies! And I hope that when that "someday" of cute houses and cute neighborhoods comes, we all get to live alongside each other! That would make it all worthwhile :)

  5. By the way...such a shame that so many of us have had to go through these kinds of situations. It really ought to be that these instances are more the exception than the rule, but reality seems to defy that...unfortunately.

  6. What a horrid feeling for you! I'm so sorry that happened to you! BTW I too am a Honda gal :0)

    Re the courgette, that had me laughing my socks off!

  7. hey girl!

    sorry to hear about your car.. mine has been broken in to twice, once in northside and they stole a $20.00 cell phone and once in loveland (in a nice suburban neighborhood). as you know, cars get broken in to anywhere by all types of people, especially in suburbia by teenagers! i'm afraid we'll never be "safe" from it, but I guess it isn't so bad.. as long as we remember our possessions are not ours! I love your optimistic outlook. i miss ya girl!


  8. Ah, so true, Becki! That is a very, very good reminder, for me to remember that none of it is ours to begin with. :) And I expect that until we get to heaven, we'll always have things like this to contend with. Hopefully things like this will help me keep my focus on eternity rather than now!

    I miss you, too!!


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