Friday, November 28, 2008

CSI: Saskatchewan

I was afraid I would be off line longer than this but I have the most amazing husband who realized that without internet I would go completely batty. I love him so much. You'll understand why in a few minutes.

This week started out great. We left for Saskatoon Tuesday morning for a couple medical appointments and an overnight trip. We had a great time, enjoying the hotel and the pool. Joey and Colby loved playing in the pool with Rob, and of course pictures will follow shortly.

On our way back, we received a phone call from Rob's grocery manager that our house had been broken into. She received a call from one of the women I work with at the preschool wondering if we were back because our door was wide open. She came right down to the house and called the cops. We figure it was kids looking for money. They smashed our TV and computer monitor, ransacked the house, stole Colby's PS2 and all his games (but left the power supply and all the controllers), Rob's rifle (this is the heartbreaker for him as this was his grandfather's gun), my Canon Rebel, Colby's portable DVD player, (plus a lot of other stuff) and then left the fridge and freezer wide open, spoiling all our food. The worst part about it is that when we got back into town yesterday the cops couldn't let us in the house because they were waiting for the "crime scene specialists" to come in, and they wouldn't be here until today. It was heartbreaking to look at our house with a big wooden board across the door to keep it closed. I kept looking for Gil Grissom, and when the member showed up, that is what I nicknamed him.

I honestly had a hard time with it at first, not knowing what was taken or destroyed in the house. My mind kept going over what we had in the house, and it was things like the kids baby photo albums that were in drawers, the ENTIRE box of christmas gifts I have in my closet, our home movies, etc. They also completely ripped apart Rob's closet that we call "man land" which has his tools, etc. The contents of that closet were all over the kitchen floor. We figure they were looking for money. We have offered a reward for the return of Rob's gun. We have insurance to cover everything else, but it's just a royal pain in the ass. Luckily the community has been very supportive, everything from offering to help clean the house and cook to taking care of the boys while we cleaned up. I realize now it's just material stuff, stuff can all be replaced.

And to explain the first sentence. Since the laptop was stolen and the monitor was smashed, it meant we would have to wait for internet at home until we replaced the monitor. Honestly, the thought made me sick. I'll admit it. I'll stand up and scream "MY NAME IS TINA AND I'M ADDICTED TO THE INTERNET". My most amazing, fabulous husband came home tonight with a 19' flatscreen TV to use as a monitor until we get ours replaced, which is how I'm now telling you the story. I love my husband.


Matt, Kara and Hunter said...


That is horrible! I would be bawling my eyes out right now if I were you.

I really hope you get the rifle back. We understand those kind of sentimental items.

Keep us updated on what happens!

Susan said...

I've been following your blog for months but don't ususally intrude. I'm so very sorry about the breqak in and intrusion into your lives Just to have some damned stranger get in your home is just wrong. I'm sending you milloins of hugs if it could possibly help

Anonymous said...

Oh Tina how horrible, thats all I can say I would be so upset. Aunt Rosemary

Anonymous said...

It's the most wonderful time of the year...except for the desperate people who resort to robbery. Hope you get everything replaced and reclaim a sense of security.


jen said...

Tina, you are such a strong woman. You are a great example to us all, using this experiance to draw you closer as a family and appreciate the important things in life.

I hope you get Rob's rifle back, Nathan will be especially saddened and to hear about that.

I, on the other hand am upset about your camera. Did you loose any important photos on your lap top?

I hope Grissom finds some of your stuff, I'm sending all my mental Ju Ju over your way!

Anonymous said...

I feel for you. I hope you are able to regain your feeling of safety in your home and the feeling that things are secure when you're away from home... I think when all is settled, that will be the hardest part.

OHN said...

Tina..I am SO sorry. When I was in high school our house was broken into and the only room ransacked was my bedroom. The police figured it was "kids" looking for drugs. I had a little tv in my room they took and they emptied the medicine cabinet--even though there was nothing "good" in there.

I still remember the feeling of violation knowing that someone was going through my things(they emptied my underwear drawer YUK!). I hope that since you live in an area that isn't too large that someone will rat out whoever did this to you and Rob will get his rifle back.

The only things I own that really mean anything to me are the things that belonged to my mom so I completely understand the sentiment behind the gun.

Tell Grissom to get crackin and get your stuff back!!

allmycke said...

Boy what rotten luck! I do hope you get the rifle and the camera back - the rest is replacable.
Actually, I've been thinking about having someone live in my apartment while I'm gone... Now I'm SERIOUSLY considering just that!

Megan said...


I'm glad you guys are OK. Let us know what happens.

Anonymous said...

If Bobby was anything like me, it was probably good they took his gun, cause I would be hunting them down about now.
ps He probably bought the tv for his peace of mind.

jods said...

It is such a violation to know that strangers have been in your home. To come in to steal is bad enough, but why not take what they wanted and leave. Its rotten that they felt they had to break and ruin everything else. I'm so sorry Tina - but like you say, at least you are all safe.

Way Way Up said...

Very sorry to hear about this. I was really quite stunned and read your post in total shock. I really hope you can get at least some of your belongings back and some peace of mine. I had my house broken into twice a few years ago so I can totally sympathize with you and your family. Hang in there!

Karan said...

I usually follow your blog, Tina, but hadn't been on for awhile. What a terrible experience for you. I was once looking after a friend's place in YK while she and her family were away on vacation. One day I went in and for the first few minutes couldn't figure out why there were empty liquor bottles all over the place. And then. . . the TV was gone. The worst part, however, was that the thieves ransacked her kids' rooms, and took, among other things, her daughter's hard-earned babysitting money.

Fortunately, however, the family is back to being comfortable in the house and not worried all the time. Hang in there and Merry Christmas.