Bag, Whale and Steal

We had a great day at the beach last Monday.

Then we returned to the parking lot to find our minivan missing a window. My first thought was that an eagle had a heart attack midair and landed into my vehicle. Upon closer inspection my handbag was missing. Perhaps a crow? But since my bag was in no way shiny I went with the third option-someone decided to steal from me. Invaded my space, damaged my property and stole all my lipgloss. Not to mention covered my son’s car seat with thousands of tiny pieces of glass. Bummer.

I called 911 for the first time ever and they dispatched a very good looking Deputy. He was certain it was not a bird and suggested I cancel my credit cards immediately. I was hoping he would tow my vehicle to the CSI lab and use it to put the bad guy away for life while the government sends me a limo with a chauffeur as a thank you until they return my minivan fully fixed. Apparently life is not a TV show and he gave me a number to reach him on if I have any further information instead. I waited for my husband to drive down and pick up Little J and call my bank to cut myself off from little money I have.

As I was driving home I thought of life, chocolate and Monday Listicles. And then it happened: I remembered I have a picture of my fancy Coach bag and all the items that were in my bag!! Thanks to Ducky I shared them with you a few weeks ago and trust me that bag was in my car ever since. So I emailed the Sheriff’s office with pictures and a link to my blog. Bet you never thought Monday Listicles would put a bad guy away for life?

Of course my life has been in shambles since. How does one recover from such tragedy? I tried driving around with no window but it poured down and hailed even before I reached Starbucks drive thru. My sweet husband gave me a whole lot of money to buy myself a new bag and wallet and I have been agonizing over which one ever since. Not to mention my lips are chapped.

To top it all off I discovered that the villain managed to purchase gas before I canceled my credit cards. Surely that will help solve this crime of the century? I called the Deputy immediately. And you know I never ever use my phone to talk! Unfortunately he was not in.

Yesterday I tried calling again.

Lovely male voice: Hello?

Me: Good day. This is Stasha calling for Deputy suchandsuch.

Lovely male voice: I am not sure you have the right name. What is this regarding?

Me: Well my car was broken into and my purse stollen last week down at the South of the island and I have since noticed that my credit card has indeed been used within an hour of it happening and I spoke to my bank and they gave me the time and the location and I am sure that will be very helpful with the investigation because most gas stations have surveillance cameras and the amount was $40 which is probably nearly full tank which means he must have stood there long enough for you to be able to identify the license plate and arrest the man. I have all the information right here for you, do you want me to tell you or send in an email. ( cue victorious drums and a medal of bravery, commitment and brilliance to me thankyouverymuch).

Lovely male voice: I am so sorry to hear about your troubles and I hope they catch whoever did this to you. But you called the Orca Network.


The moral of this story is never to leave your valuables in the car and even if you never ever speak on the phone don’t just assume what the last dialed number on your phone is. Because sometimes on a beautiful sunny day when you go to the beach you are lucky enough to spot a gray whale and call the research center to report it.

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  1. Alison March 28, 2013 at 02:56 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Omigosh, I”m so sorry your minivan got broken into and your valuables stolen!

    But hey, at least you have a direct line to the whale folks!

    (hope you get your stuff back or the villain captured)
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  2. [email protected] Mom March 28, 2013 at 03:26 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Oh no! Sorry that happened to you – that must have bee a shocking surprise. Hope that your stuff is recovered and they catch the person.
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  3. christine March 28, 2013 at 04:40 #

    Oh my heavens. Sorry about the purse, but have mercy, you tell the story well. Cracked me up, which then made me feel a touch guilty.
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  4. Kim Pugliano March 28, 2013 at 05:24 #

    Twitter: GisSilent
    Is it wrong that this made me laugh? It is, isn’t it? I don’t actually think it is. Laughter is the best medicine, after all. I’m so sorry for your ordeal (don’t you keep extra lip gloss in the drawer in your bathroom JUST for lip gloss?) and I hope everything gets squared away and you get to face the assailant in court before he gets community service, but be thankful you weren’t there when it happened. xxoo

  5. Ally March 28, 2013 at 10:39 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    You made me feel terrible that this happened and laugh at the same time! I’m sorry they broke into your car, and yet excited you saw a gray whale. I do hope they did not get any camera equipment. :(
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  6. Shavonn March 28, 2013 at 10:43 #

    I am so sorry this happened to you! I had a friend whose car was broken into while we were in a movie and the overall violation of property (though it wasn’t even mine) and being full on confronted with the lack morals of other human beings made me cry!

    I hope your things are recovered!
    Boyfriend ALWAYS makes me remove anything visible from my car and either store it in the armrest or trunk.
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    • Stasha March 28, 2013 at 18:59 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Oh Shavonn I hear you, truly. Just like you what bugged me the most is that someone cares so little in this world that they would brake someones car and damage their child’s safety seat for $1 bill and some used handbag ( very nice one but still 😉 )
      I guess some people just really are-I don’t know- terrible?

  7. Carolyn Y March 28, 2013 at 13:04 #

    Twitter: carolynyalin
    Oh sorry this happened to you. What a pain on so many levels. I misplaced my wallet once and had a minor attack at all the credit cards I’d have to cancel.
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  8. Madeleine March 28, 2013 at 15:49 #

    Twitter: amazonmad
    Oh no! I can’t believe how calm you are about this – I’d be spitting chips! Replacing all those things is such a pain in the bum. I hope they catch the person responsible.
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  9. Cindy Pickering March 28, 2013 at 17:45 #

    It’s me again! After I sent you that very long email, I read this post, and boy do I feel for you!! Many years ago I came out in the morning to find a broken window and a big hole of mangled plastic in my dash where the changer was! They’d used a torch to melt the whatever-kind-of-weird-petroleum based plastic of my dash so they could get it out. As the morning went on, I found there had been 17 cars in our neighborhood broken into! Of course they told me to come in and make a walk-in report! And on the way I found a lighter in my cup-hole–not mine–with a big black thumb and fingerprint on it! So I carefully picked it up with a plastic bag, and took it into the police station. The lady who helped me with my report nearly laughed when I gave her my piece of ‘evidence’, and as I left I saw her throw it in the trash! I was very upset and thank God I did not have my purse stolen! That time! Getting everything replaced is a big hassle and takes forever! And nowadays, no one remembers phone numbers!
    Everyone who reads this, print out a copy of what’s in your phone and put it someplace safe, or you can stop at a Sprint store, or whoever your carrier is, and they will do it for you! But do it!! You will be happy later that you did this! Really! Thanks again for the laughs about what is no laughing matter!!

  10. monica March 28, 2013 at 18:40 #

    Twitter: thegrommom
    That was way too much fun for such bummer story!! Thanks for the laugh. I’ve totally had that happen to me, and unfortunately it is a real problem here in Hawaii due to tourists being such an easy target…We can’t ever leave things in the car.
    Hope you work it out, catch the bad guys, and have more stories to share!! :)

  11. Susi March 28, 2013 at 19:20 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    I’m so sorry you had your purse stolen and your car window smashed. I hope that they will find whoever did it and that you get your stuff back.

  12. Anne LeBlanc March 28, 2013 at 19:43 #

    Twitter: littleredhens
    You have humor during hours of distress. That is a real gift. Best of luck getting your stuff back. Karma will get the bad guys.
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  13. Laverne March 29, 2013 at 03:31 #

    I am so so sorry this happened to you..but oh Sasha can you tell a whale of a tale..oooo that was bad huh?! I know it was all serious but you had me just giggling. I really really enjoyed this…this your story. Not that your car got broken into. I hope it all works out for you. What an ordeal. In the end it is all just proof of what a wonderful person you are.
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  14. Jessica March 29, 2013 at 07:05 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    Oh no! So sorry to hear about this, Stasha. It happened to me once, and even though they only ended up with a bag of my clothes and some pictures of my friends, it was very upsetting (and the Providence police weren’t much help). I hope they catch the guys! And major kudos to you for having such a great attitude through it all. :) Hope Little J was OK after this.
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  15. Janie Koch March 29, 2013 at 13:10 #

    I feel bad that I laughed so much, but you are quite funny Stasha. I’m sorry you were put into that situation!

  16. Diane March 29, 2013 at 22:09 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    :( So sorry to hear about your van, purse and most important…lip gloss. ;P SUCH a pain to get everything replaced.
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  17. Ducky March 31, 2013 at 08:35 #

    Twitter: batcrapcrazy
    Well hey! My topic is still helping people out. How about that?! Having a car broken into is SUCH a hassle!
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