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Of all of the reasons I didn't like the idea of contractors in my house... [Apr. 28th, 2010|07:59 pm]
... it honestly never occurred to me that I had to worry about thievery.

[User Picture]From: ms_interpret
2010-04-29 04:21 am (UTC)
Well shit. What'd they take?
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-04-29 04:35 am (UTC)
They definitely stole my gun. They probably stole my new (granted, new re-furb) computer. Someone signed for the delivery; it's not in the house anywhere I can find.

I reported it to the police, mostly so they have stats, and, just in case someone catches the bastards in the act, if they find any of the property, it might tie them to the crime.

The fucked up part of this is, I'm not quite sure what to do. They probably need access to the house to finish the foundation work. And it's not like I have much left of value (except my old computer). But they can still do me a lot of damage.

Worst thing is, I feel like a complete fucking *idiot* for not assuming that this was a danger. On the other hand, I figured that someone would have noticed if someone was walking around with a souvenir, you know?
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[User Picture]From: hobbitbabe
2010-04-29 04:40 am (UTC)
It doesn't sound idiotic to me, it would never occur to me either.
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2010-04-29 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh no.

I wouldn't have thought of it either; I mean, isn't that why contractors are bonded? (Well, in addition to the whole finishing the job and paying suppliers thing...)


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[User Picture]From: droops
2010-04-29 01:58 pm (UTC)
That sucks big time. Did the police have any advice? Either you have to be there with them or find a new contractor to finish the job.
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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2010-04-29 03:06 pm (UTC)
Followup thingy -- cops tend to treat "theft of a firearm" as serious business.
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From: kightp
2010-04-29 05:59 pm (UTC)
Fuck. I missed this last night.

When was the last time these guys were in the house? Perhaps more important: Do they need to be there this weekend, and if so, do you need to stay home?

And have you talked to Nino about it?

Maybe the guy who told me his furnace installers all got criminal background checks wasn't just blowing smoke...
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-04-29 06:17 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. I have to have my locks changed. I don't know how to handle house access.

And I'm still weirdly freaked out that they put a rock in my gun case. Like, they didn't want me to know it was missing, as if I didn't notice the difference in weight as soon as I picked it up.

And there's the whole I don't know *who* I can't trust. I want to rip someone's hide off and nail it to the front of the house as a warning to the next person to try this. But I don't know *who*.
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From: kightp
2010-04-29 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's creepy on so many levels; when I was burglarized by strangers years ago it freaked me the hell out for months afterward. Suspecting folks who've been in and out of your house every day - and still need to be - is even worse.

I'll be home tonight. Give me a call.

Love you.
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[User Picture]From: fourgates
2010-04-29 11:08 pm (UTC)
I have been using these SmartKey locks on the Ugly House and have been quite happy with them. It's also an easy way to make two deadbolts and two handsets match without added expense.
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[User Picture]From: sueschus
2010-04-30 05:11 am (UTC)
You said they put a rock in the gun case - could it have been the movers? When did you last see the actual gun - since you moved in?

Were workmen at the house when the computer was supposedly delivered? Get a copy of the signed receipt - does it show a readable signature? A date and time? Check the address it was delivered to - a small typo may mean miles away. If the workers were there on that date and time, you show it to the contractor. "Where did your guys put it?"

Definitely discuss the theft with your contractor. No contractor wants to risk his reputation for a gun and a computer! While you are not accusing him or his crew, you are very concerned as they are the only people who have been at the house and must continue to work at the house when you are not there. (There were no signs of a breakin?)

New locks when the work is done! Look on Craig's List. Check nearby pawn shops. Report it to your insurance company. Calling the police was definitely the right thing to do - should the gun turn up in a crime there is a record of it's not being in your possession.

Of course theft didn't occur to you! People have work done on their homes all the time with no problems. You are not the idiot.

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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2010-04-29 11:27 am (UTC)
Happened to us, getting the chimney lined. If it's any comfort, the idiot tried to pawn something with a serial number . . .

Hope you also see the perp in court.
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[User Picture]From: siliconivy
2010-04-29 03:35 pm (UTC)
oh that sucks, I hope the cops do something about it.

can't they at least question the contractors, if they were the only ones in the house? i would think they'd be all over theft of a gun, at least. did you say something to the foreman, that's his job, to watch his guys.

you're not an idiot, i'm just paranoid. I watch too much true crime shows & too much Holmes on Homes to ever completely trust contractors.
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[User Picture]From: laura_alive
2010-04-29 03:36 pm (UTC)
I hope they catch 'em. And you are NOT an idiot..... Have you talked to them about it? You say someone signed for the computer - can you ask about that?
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From: kightp
2010-04-29 06:01 pm (UTC)
Seconded - I'd at least try fishing on this. "Hey, guys, I got a package delivered the other day and the Post Office says somebody signed for it. Did you put it somewhere, because I can't find it..." How they respond might tell you a few things right there.
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[User Picture]From: tigerbright
2010-04-29 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ick. Hopefully they're bonded and therefore liable for it?
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[User Picture]From: marypcb
2010-04-29 05:35 pm (UTC)
eeek! insurance?
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From: copperwise
2010-04-29 10:31 pm (UTC)

This sucks, I'm so sorry! Can you call the owner? If they are bonded they should be responsible for the issue. Also I'd read over the contract you signed for liability clauses.

UGH. I'm so pissed for you!
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[User Picture]From: 64tbird
2010-04-30 12:03 am (UTC)
The cops will definitely be interested in a stolen gun.

Please please tell me these were licensed and bonded contractors? You can hold them liable. That's why they are bonded.

I'm so sorry they took advantage of your trust.
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