The Water Cooler – Theft from Your Home or Your Vehicle

December 19, 2013 12:00 pm · 35 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Have you ever had something stolen from your vehicle or your home? If so, what was it, and was the person who stole the item(s) captured?

Talk about it….


1 Noj December 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Had the ashtray stolen from my vehicle. A friggin’ ashtray.
People never cease to amaze me.

2 Anon777 December 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Thankfully, no. My sister once had the trunk lid stolen off her Honda. They could have gotten away with a leather jacket and a ton of CD’s but they just wanted the trunk lid.

3 Yes December 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Had my house broken into while I was home called the cops and held the idiot at gun point until police arrived.

4 Howard K Mullins III December 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Yes, car and No.

Can’t think much worse of a person who steals.

As they say in South Africa when it comes to thieves, shot to kill.

5 Once December 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Somebody stole the Club off my Honda Accord. They didn’t even try to steal the POS car. They just wanted the Club.

6 anonmtz December 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Had the four wheels stolen off my pick up truck, in my slanted driveway, while it was parked side by side against another vehicle. Cop said they must have been experienced to get them off on a slant, with ten inches between vehicles. All this was found Thanksgiving morning 2007. Pain in the butt to get them replaced.

7 StolenTrust December 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

-Had a BIG stainless steel dog bowl taken from my patio — by the roofer guy who was doing work on the complex. — Not caught and the deed was denied by the company.
-Had an expensive cable (still in the pkg) taken from my home — by the TV cable guy (company name starts with an “A”) — Not caught. Company denied it.
-We had money, a small coin collection, a camera, clothing stolen from our home when we grew up (one of my sisters frequently lost keys, etc. or had them stolen), one of the thieves must’ve known where we lived because they gained entry using the house key! – my sister was home when the robber came again to take more stuff and tried unsuccessfully to use the key again, but fortunately, my dad had changed all the locks the weekend before.
-A year ago, my boy friend was burglarized–took the playstation, games, cameras. So sad to lose our family pictures and vacation video from our road trips.
-Had autobody work done by a very expensive autobody repair place (Company name starts with “M”)–took the $2 in change out of my change drawer in my car — company denied it and told me it was my fault for leaving it in the car.
-My dad’s old toolbox from the 50′s and all his tools were stolen from his garage, had an old schwin 10 speed bike taken as well–probably by the icky degenerate neighbor boys across the street–we couldn’t prove it of course.
-My sister had taken her rock collection (all the rocks were labeled and in their own partitions) to school when she was in 2nd grade. She put it in the back of the classroom–the entire collection was stolen.

It’s sad that these things happen. Those that take from others will lose 10 fold what they think they have gained by harming others.

8 anon December 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

In the ’70′s my car was broken into in the Concord Bart Station lot and my cassette deck was stolen.

9 Nokeem December 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Our home was robbed and it changed my life completely. The security at our home makes it more difficult for us (as well as potential thieves) to the point of being totally annoying. These things could be “fixed” for convenience, but we just don’t have the dough to mechanize things. We were robbed of almost every valuable thing that we have and cannot afford to replace. I am deeply angered by the knowledge that these “Cash For Gold” places are regarded as assayers and they melt down precious metals in the back just as soon as they buy them (for low, low prices) and have no regulation similar to pawn shops. These companies are getting rich (carpet-bagger rich) on the backs of me and my fellow neighbors who are getting robbed at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. Our neighborhood formed a Watch and God help the person or persons who break into, or die trying, my house again. They never caught who did it and CPD told me straight up not to expect to recover anything and advised we get an alarm, which we did. I added my own personal touches to the security, if you know what I mean.

10 jm December 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Only time I’ve had my vehicle broken into was at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital(Stanford). I had moved my vehicle from the ER parking lot about 3am and when I discovered the broken window 4 days later the police said they had reports of break ins at 8:30 am 4 days earlier. My car was one of three broken into. I had left my son’s backpack in view, to do homework in case he felt up to it. They hoped a computer would be inside. People have not respect for what is not theirs and they feel entitled to yours.

11 Bishop Estates December 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I had my car stolen right out of our driveway….got it back 2 weeks later without a scratch. They parked it at an old folks home less than a mile from my house.

12 Ernie December 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Like Anonmtz, I had my four tires and wheels swiped off of my truck, sitting out in front of my house. Pretty sure I know who it was, but couldn’t prove anything. And, I’m wondering whether it was the same perbs that took his wheels as mine. Very professional! Fantastic neighbors who lived across the street and finally moved, but…unless you have pictures, it’s a total screw, thank you much. Hope they rot in hell!

13 Cowellian December 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

When we lived in the Crossings, my daughter’s car was one of three on the street that had its driver’s window broken out. However, she learned to not keep her iPod in her car.

14 Hate Robbers December 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Middle of the day on a Saturday, was gone for < 2 hours. He broke in a back window, stole personal possessions worth a lot of dough. I called the cops, they asked me if I wanted fingerprints taken. I said, YES. They got a great print, the bastard was out on an outstanding warrant. They found him and charged him with the crime. I'm sure he's out ripping off someone else already. Wish I could get even with him somehow…

15 MisterC December 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Only had a couple of run ins.

The first was 10+ years ago, a friend left an easter basket on my front porch and it was gone by the time I woke up (who steals an easter basket!)

The second time, I stupidly left my watch visible on the center console of my car in the bart parking lot (in a rush I forgot to put it on). They broke a window and got the watch and my GPS from the glove box. About two weeks later I got a call from a guy at the Laney College swap meet. He turned on a GPS that was for sale and it still had a “If found, please call…” message I had set on it. He, in a surprisingly reaffirming gesture, called me.

I called the OPD and they told me they wouldn’t do anything unless I was there with the item, so I headed down and found the booth where it was being sold. I told the guy it was mine and I was calling the police. He told me to just take it. I would’ve called the police anyways but the previous time they had put me on hold 45 minutes before telling me they couldn’t do anything, so I took my GPS and left.

Never got the watch back, which was one of my favorites.

Seriously though the Laney college swap meet is, literally, 90% or more obviously stolen items. Cell Phones, car stereos with the wires hanging off the back, etc. I’m surprised they let them operate.

16 Triple Canopy December 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Yes, a CD player and a 10-disc CD shuttle from my vehicle. Nope, not apprehended.

Any residential burglar is guaranteed to end up as a bullet-riddled corpse on my property. Be afraid…. be very afraid.

17 anon December 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

2 terrible thefts – I had a gorgeous 1967 convertible Mustang stolen right in front of my parent’s home and a stereo taken out of a brand new BMW. I felt so violated both times. The police were very kind and helpful but said that it was rare to find the auto/stereo after theft.

18 nytemuvr December 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

@Triple Canopy#16
Pull him or her inside your house and put a kitchen knife in his or her hand, otherwise you’ll be the one sitting in jail if you take the route you mentioned.

19 Cowellian December 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

There is a house on Cowell that had a beautiful neon Mustang clock stolen from their garage. The whole neighborhood took it personally.

20 Works For Me December 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Made up some small signs an put them near front door garage door, next too side gate and on glass of garage mandoor.
“There is nothing in this area
worth Your LIFE”
Anyone that’s ever been locked up know the significance of the word “Area”.

21 Triple Canopy December 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

@19… they’ll never find the bodies.

22 Triple Canopy December 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

my bad… it’s @18.

23 Had a truck stolen, years ago. Recovered in SF December 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

at a construction site. When stolen, didn’t have a camper shell; when recovered, had a camper shell and lots of misc. tools and keys, a radio, and other stuff. Cost me a bundle to pay for storage and get new plates. Was not insured because of age of truck.

24 P.O.'d December 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

My truck has been broken into twice in my driveway. Nothing extremely valuable but who really needs my registration and owners manual?
Police wouldn’t even show up to write a report. They told me to submit a report online, that their officers are too busy trying to prevent real crime.

25 Miss Chatty December 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

While living in San Francisco in the late 80′s:

Car stolen three times in five years
Car broken into about every six months or so
Apartment broken into once
Mugged/purse stolen once

While growing up-
House broken into once- it was my brother’s druggie friends

26 Connie Dobbs December 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Not since I moved to Martinez.

27 T-Bruht December 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Had my window smashed at DVC last year. They saw my laptop charger on my passenger seat and figured my laptop was there too, luckily, i put my laptop in my trunk before I went to class. (I removed the button in my car that opens the trunk because i have a couple grand in speakers, subs and amps in my car. The only way to open the trunk is with my key. best idea ever.)

28 KAD December 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

We had our house broken into when we lived in the Rockridge area of Oakland in the early 80′s. I was out of town on a business trip and my husband was at work. They got all of my good jewelry. The only thing I really cared about was my grandmother’s wedding ring set. It still breaks my heart to think about it. The sad thing is that I had been wearing it but the band was wearing thin so I thought I should take them off and put them away. No one was searched for so of course they were not captured. After all it is Oakland.

29 EdiBirsan December 19, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Separate incidents with my car:
Camera stolen
Broken in but nothing taken
No one found.

My son had a car vandalized in front of the house and they caught the fellow and it took 1 year for him to pay for the windows.

30 beemerlover26 December 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Someone broke into my garage last Sunday between the hours of 1:30 am-10:30 am. They attempted to steal my recently purchased Police Interceptor as well as my neighbors Ford Mustang. The would be thieves had a shaved Ford key. When that didn’t work, they destroyed the door handle and created a huge hole in the passenger door. Their key also didn’t work in the ignition, so the punched it, then tried to hot wire it. They were unable to steal the car. Just got a call from the repair shop today, $2,500 to fix it!

31 The Mamba December 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I had my CD player stolen out of my car in college, didn’t even bother reporting it.

32 pleasant hill December 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

About a year ago my neighbor had bought an Audi. It probably wasn’t even a week before they stole the tires with the brand new rims. That morning the whole street could hear how mad he was. Luckily the car was insured (:

33 nytemuvr December 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

A Smith & Wesson Model 29 and I think it was a cop that my ex went to school with. I lived in Canterberry Village then in ’74. Long story shortened was he was at the house the day before and noticed it and had “friends” rob the house while I was at work at night.. Think he was fired in later years for things like that. CPD sucks.

34 nytemuvr December 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

@Cowellian #19
There used to be a couple of houses with clocks on them. The one on Farm Bureau Rd., a blue neon lighted clock back in the 70s. They had daughters with a “be home on time” rule. Someone here knows who from back then, I don’t remember the family but went to school with the daughters.

35 Cowellian December 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I never saw the Farm Bureau sign, but I like the idea.

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