Amid all the fun and excitement of preparing my manuscript for publication something beyond the realm of my understanding, the unbelievable happened. Leading up to this event found me busy preparing for publishing. The real work and the real fun had begun, ergo with my mind occupied with websites, video trailers and book-jackets, it happened, the BREAK- IN.
At two in the afternoon on Tuesday, January fifth, my husband, Bill and I went to the grocery store. We set our ADT security alarm, locked the house and left. We had just walked into the store when my cell phone rang. A woman identified herself as an ADT operator and informed me that our alarm was going off. We got back to the condo at 2:14 pm. followed by a lady police officer two minutes later.
Bill unlocked the door, and turned off the alarm. The officer walked through the condo, checked every room, nothing was out of order, there wasnâ€™t a clue that anyone had been in our house. She double checked and came to the conclusion that the high winds we had that day had jarred a window and caused the alarm to off. We were happy and relieved that it was a false alarm.
Wednesday was a typical day, and Thursday started out the same until I got dressed to go out for an appointment. I went to get my rings from my jewelry box, when I pulled out the drawer it was empty. A wide gold wedding band with solitaire that I wore daily was gone, as were every gold ring with diamonds or precious stones. Other drawers were the same, earrings, pendants, gold chains, watches, and bracelets, all gone.
Many feelings and emotions coursed through my body and mind. First of all, sadness and tears over the sentimental pieces of jewelry and the memories held in my heart over each one. A pinky ring with my name, charms my husband bought for me when our children were born, an antique bracelet that had belonged to my great-great grandmother, these pieces, all irreplaceable.
Second and third emotions ranged from rage to unbelief. How did anyone have the nerve to open a locked door secured by an alarm, knowing it would warrant the police. With the alarm going off, the silent alarm sending signals to the ADT office, this person or persons did the unthinkable, unlocked the front door, and in less than ten minutes walked straight to the master bedroom, to the jewel case, and took what they wanted. The thief left the way he/she entered, locked the door and was nowhere to be seen by the time the police, or my husband and I got back to the house. What took nearly fifty years to acquire, was all gone in ten minutes.