The Water Cooler – Have You Ever Been Burglarized?

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm · 55 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 at noon!

Today’s question:

Have you ever been the victim of a vehicle or residential burglary? If so, how did the criminal(s) enter your vehicle or home, and what did they steal?

Talk about it….

Concordejet May 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

My house was burglarized when I was in high school it was because someone I knew in my class. I would invite him to my house though he was a friend but not a friend from inside of him instead it was outside of him. I get a letter from the probation department stating whom it was that robbed my house and was shocked to see the letter knowing who it was I learned the hard way just because you are in special Ed dose not mean you have kid in there with disabilities but kids with trouble makers too.

Momo May 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

My house, no. My car yes. It was stolen once. Keyed once. And it was broken into at the cow palace parking lot. Nothing was in it for them to steal though. But I had to drive home to concord on a cold wet night in December with no window.

stinky May 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

My car about 8 years ago. Late at night they found an unlocked door (my bad) and stole a case of kleenex, since that was all that was in there. The joke was on them as I think they thought it was a wallet in the dark! 🙂

Cautious May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Our house, no. Car, no. I think like a cop. Always have, always will. It could happen to anyone, especially residential burglary. But I follow all the tips that LE recommends, and so far I’ve been lucky. And very cautious.

Broke in Colony Park May 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

89 4runner stolen in Sacramento. Later it had its catalytic converter stolen…poor car.

iscoffy May 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I rented a room in a house in Oakland (near Rockridge) that was broken into, sadly. The guy kicked down the back door (it was a pretty flimsy door). It was fairly clear he had been casing the place and believed no one was there. Fortunately or unfortunately, all the cars were gone but one roommate was in the house.

The guy punched my poor roommate to the ground, and stole a camera and paperwork (I highly suspect that played into the ID theft I suffered shortly after that, including a sketchy woman trying to produce a bad copy of my driver’s license when she was pulled over in a stolen vehicle) as he fled.

Since the rental agency wasn’t all that concerned and just put another flimsy door in, we all moved out shortly thereafter.

MrDioji May 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

@Stinky #3: how do you know they were going for a wallet? Maybe they had an amazingly runny nose and an unlocked box of tissues was a gift from god.

MDHS80 May 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

In the early 80’s my car was broken in/vandalized 3 weeks in a row(. The 3rd time it happened, Concord PD asked if someone didn’t like me; said no and that all my friends lived in the City.

In 1988, parents house was broken in at 8:00am. My dad was gone for 1/2 hr. The robbers knocked on the door and since there was no answer, went into the backyard and opened the bathroom window and that’s how they got in. The robbers went into my parents room and took all the family heirlooms, which of course only meant money to them), then they went into my room and thrashed it;.

It’s a terrible feeling knowing that strangers either came into your house or car.

Cat Smith May 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Three separate attempts to one house. Think it was high school kids. (Found a broken painted finger nail ~ and a damaged door frame.) Police weren’t very interested. I then had (expensive) iron enclosures installed in the front and rear along with adding an alarm service. Thanks, kids.

94519 May 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Once my family apt. by a school chum. I won’t
use the term friend,I know what friends are and
how long it takes to be one. I think many burgs.
are done by young people against homes they
have visited and know well. Sad.

Veronica May 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Yes my house was broken into–this was the worst feeling of being violated I have ever had.

RaD May 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Yep, once. We accidentally left a window open when we went to the store. They took the video game systems, video games, laptop, digital camera and my toddlers bike. Our german shepherd was home but at only 6 months old I think was duped with a snack. I’d like to see them come now! Most people won’t come in the yard unless they know him.

I think whoever it was, was young and afraid of getting caught because we managed to find most of the items (the games, camera & laptop) hidden in bushes, trees, etc. all the way to the nearby park. The only things we didn’t get back were the bike and a game system. I guess they were hiding them to come back later to get but we found them first.

Anon May 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Catalytic converter stolen from 91 Toyota 4-Runner in the parking lot at work. (Park Shadelands Walnut Creek).

BarryW May 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Don’t like the rise in crime and started looking for an alarm. Those can be Expensive.
Tried SimpliSafe and like it. No axe to grind, just a happy customer.

Michelle May 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

No, I have never been burgularized–house nor car.

CeeMee May 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Burglars tried to break in starting with the sliding glass door. They tried several windows until finding one with a security lock on it to keep it from being slid open. They jiggled it loose and came in. Ransacked every room. Took jewelry that had only sentimental value and a fireproof lock box that was under the bed. It had papers and some family jewelry that did have some monetary value. They left handprints and finger prints on everything. CPD wasn’t interested in them. Got an alarm system after that.
We also had a car stolen. Fortunately for us, we were having trouble with it. It died down the street and we got it back in a couple of hours. Thieves left the set of master keys they which included several makes of cars.

TC May 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

-Punched the door handle and popped the lock with a screwdriver
-10-disc CD shuffler and my ash tray which had maybe $2 in change.

… friggin’ low lifes – the next one will wake up dead.

jeanette whaley May 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

my car Park N Shop mall entered car by shaved key I didn’t have anything of value showing or in plain view nothing of value except a cheap gps in glove box and car registration

Anononymous May 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Yes, they stole a bunch of stuff.

Concord Detective Van Savoy (sp?) wrapped up the burglar in short order and sent him off to prison.Got some stuff back, too

nytemuvr May 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

A S&W Model 29 in ’76 living in Canterbury Village. Don’t want to say who stole it, but I don’t trust many CPD LEOs now, and not previously to that incident.

Noj May 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Left my garage door open one night late and came out to find my bicycle had been stolen. Just that, nothing else. I like the new idea I heard about “sting bikes” that the police are using to catch these dirtbags. Always wondered what happened to that bike.

Shulla May 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Never a home. Just my 1957 Volkswagen Beetle back in 1970 at the apt. we were living in next to UOP in Stockton. Took mahogany gear shift knob, headrests, chrome tail lights (all custom items I added to the car) even friends wrapped birthday present in glove compartment. They didn’t close the door and it rained all night. Found my violated car the next morning with 3″ of water in the deep-welled floor boards. What a mess!

RunDogRun May 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

How long have you got?
1) Home broken into while on
vacation. Psycho only took
my sister’s photo from off of
the piano. Came in from an
attic vent on the roof.
2) Prowler entered locked
garage thru side door
accessible from unfenced
section which backed up
to open soace and stole my purse
which I accidently left in my
car thst night.
3) Brand new car broken
into at Pier 39 in San Francisco
and radio stolen. Damaged dash-
board and cost $4000 to repair.
I had insurance, but paid
deductible, car rental for the
many days it took to repair, and
cost of time off work. Insurance
rates went up.
4) Same car was broken into four
or five times (I lost track) and the
radio was stolen in a patroled
UC Bezerkeley staff parking lot.
Insurance rates went up, of
course, more vacation
days used up and car rental
fees. The nose bra was stolen
while parked in full view of the
Electrical Engineering building
and the street. The hubcaps
were stolen while parked in a
disabled parking place actually
on the campus in full of a guard
kiosk. I believe it was union
thugs because I wouldn’t join.
5) Tires were slashed while
parked in my condo parking
spot in Walnut Creek.
6) If I lie something down and
turn my back on it, someone
will steal it. Apparently,
people think I’m stupid or
something and won’t notice.
7) There’s more, but I’m
putting it in a book.

I used to be a happy, kind,
well-adjusted individual, very
open minded and tolerant,
but at the moment, I could not
care less about the scum
that is jokingly referred to
as humanity.

A long time ago May 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

My car was broken into while it was parked in the Orinda BART lot in the late 1980’s. They pulled the lock out. All they got was a blanket from the trunk. It happened during the day while I was at work.

Pleasant Hill Resident I May 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

My mid-80’s Camry was stolen three times in the two years I happened to own it. I’m sure that the car keys are less common for thieves to come across nowadays, but I likely won’t ever own “the most popular car in America” ever again after dealing with that.

I went through two clubs, three stereo decks and received the car back in far worse condition each time it was recovered. I also had to pay for the impound(?) fees the one time that it happened to get towed during the recovery process.

Anabelle May 2, 2014 at 2:27 PM

My house was broken into, nothing of monetary value was taken but a chest with old pictures were taken. The chest may have been worth about five bucks, but the pictures I cannot replace.

dilligafman May 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

House robbed in ’78, cops caught them. got everthing back luckily.I’ve had alarm systems ever since. Just installed video system yesterday. With those and a 140+lb. Rottie we dont think we’ll be bothered!

wcmom May 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Car. Preschool at Treat/Cherry before 7 in the morning. Was droppin my daughter off and left my bag in car. Barely got inside and my driver’s side window was broken. Had to have been watchin. Took purse but left phone in charger. Lesson learned.

Concordejet May 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Fact about CPD:

True I am going to say 90% CPD officers are not interested of fingerprint because mostly they are working for $$$$$$$ sad. Now that seem worst than the California Youth Authority.


I know where UOP is in Stockton that a bad area although it is north Stockton but still in a bad area. I used to live in Lodi.

I heard about the simpliSafe alarm they work better than the permanent. the Simplisafe is a travel size type of an alarm hook up wireless on the internet and it easy to configuration The down side about the alarms that not many police are responding to the alarm due to budget unless if it goes off twice (I tink)


WOW you got lucky not too many victims dose not get their stuff and have thief goes to prison.

Yessirree May 2, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Yes. Car, Home and boyfriend’s home all burglarized. My home burglary was stopped by my super guard dog. They didn’t get away with anything, but tipped over a chair and broke a screen running out. She probably suprised them when she ran down the stairs–she used to sleep on my bed. I never saw this side of her, but my sister and my neighbor said that she was a very scary guard dog. Car was burglarized a couple of years ago. I could smell whoever had been in my car still.

fistoffury May 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Car got window broken out, the fool left my groceries in the car opened the milk, drank some and left the rest there. Took my stereo system, but By GOD’S GRACE if you can say that, my car was not stolen.

What kind of low brow, Trampy filth would do such a thing and think it’s ok!

Concordejet May 2, 2014 at 3:39 PM


What breed is your dog? your security guard dog is your best friend! Good catch

anonanonagain May 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Yes, I have had my home broken into twice. We were fixing our house up and both cars were parked in the driveway, since we needed the space to store materials. Someone was obviously watching our house. When my husband and I were both at work, they struck. They had plenty of time to literally clean me out. They took all my valuable heirloom jewelry that my grandparents and parents left me. They took our camcorder and camera. Anything that was of value they loaded up. The place was ransacked. I was devastated.
We were looking for an alarm system/company while we were taking a short respite at home. As soon as we went back to work, they struck again. This time taking one bike since the other had a flat and making it quick. The irony was that there were brochures on our kitchen table from different alarm companies. We decided that evening on the most secure company we could find. I never want to live through that again. You feel so violated……

anonanonagain May 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I did have my car broken into in the late 80’s. While visiting a friend in college at SF state, we decided to go out dancing. The DNA lounge as I recall. I parked outside and when we returned about an hour or so later to go to another club (DV8) my car had it’s window smashed out and they stole a $30 dash mat that could only fit a 85 VW Jetta. I knew who it was as I watched the creeps pull up to the club around the same time in a VW Jetta. Scumbags come in all shapes, patterns, colors and sizes…….

Cautious May 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

@ Pleasant Hill Resident—–25

I’ve driven the most stolen vehicles most of my life. (Hondas, Toyotas and recently a new Lexus). I’ve never been victimized.

The Japanese make a better product. I use an anti-theft device.

Do I think most crimes could easily be avoided with good judgment?


Once each, home and car. May 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I’m pretty sure my girlfriend left my car door open because there was no sign of forced entry and they got in on her side. Nothing valuable taken.

House got broken into a few years ago by one of my son’s friends. Guy wasn’t too smart because he didn’t see my video cameras that weren’t even hidden. He only took a few things and I got them all back.

BY GOD'S GRACE May 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

I think police broke into my home.

BY GOD'S GRACE May 2, 2014 at 4:08 PM

My home has been broken into, and the scumbags who did it were never brought to justice. Woe to those who utter and cry for God but have depravity and foulness in their soul.

LostBoysMom May 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

My car was broken into years ago. They pried open a wing window. All they got was some change, a dog choke collar, my girlscout jack-knife and a broken tape deck.
In 2001 our house was burglarized when we were at work. I had forgotten to lock the back door. I had a dog that would bark but then back off. They took video games, a game system, a laptop, and some lose change. They ransacked the whole house. Cops came and took fingerprints. We were going to get a alarm but two weeks later they struck again. This time they broke a sliding glass door and took the rest of the electronics they didn’t get the first time, What’s funny is they emptied my sons bat bag and put the stuff in there. What they didn’t realize was there was a $300 bat and a $150 mitt in there. We got an alarm the same day. We had an idea who it was. The cops said the kid was on probation so they searched his home. They did not find our stuff but he was arrested on other charges.

Very recently, a couple of acquaintances of my son walked in our back door at 9am on a Sunday morning. My husband confronted them and they said they needed to get something out of my son’s room they had left and did not want to disturb us (my son was not home). He told them to leave. They went out front and got picked up in a cab and had a big box of stuff. Right after they left, our neighbor said they had robbed her house. She was out walking her dog and they crawled in through the dog door. We called the police and they contacted the cab company and they were caught red handed. Apparently they were armed so they are now being charged with felony home invasion. Criminals are not very smart!

yup and it was scary May 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

came home to apt and door was open so like an idiot I walked in, thought the mgr was fixing something. They had just left my apt and were in the one next to mine. When they heard me they left in a truck. I tried to follow but lost them. They took new tv , stereo, etc and left a cigarette burning on my dresser, made a mess, used my blanket and sheet to cover up the stuff in their truck. I think it was an inside job because items were just bought from Matthew David’s in SF. Police said not to replace items too fast because they wait and come back. We moved immediately just to play it safe. Our neighbors lost a lock box with stock and bonds in it.

It was very upsetting because I was so stupid to go into apt. I should have just left.

Suzie May 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

My home was almost broken into, but my dogs scared them off. dogs are good.

CoCoOld May 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Two different cars burglarized five times at the Orinda Bart station in the ’80s. They would take the stereo systems. I finally got a cheap radio and they stole that too. So for years I drove a car with a gaping hole where the stereo would be.

Also a neighborhood teen in Concord broke into our house while we were away. He took everything not nailed down. Thanks Neighborhood Watch. CPD not much help but we did get some restitution after we did some detective work of our own and figured it out and reported it to the DA. But we had to fix our own broken window. Grr.

Ancient Mariner May 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I had a battery stolen out of my car once, leaving me stranded and penniless in Sacramento, many years ago.
Moral of the story: it’s good to have friends so you can call them in an emergency.

EdiBirsan May 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

House was never robbed, my car was broken into twice back in the 90’s
First time- a digital camera was taken… at the time valued $300
Second- they rifled my car but took nothing, but left a cigarette lighter…

In both cases CPD came quickly and did finger-prints but nothing.

No idea how they got in.

Nokeem May 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

NO WAY am I going to let this question go without a comment. My home was robbed and it changed me forever and not all in a good way. They hit around 3-3:3:30PM. Our neighborhood, our cul-de-sac is so wonderful, and when this happened it shook me to the core. They (it was two people as we could see from footprints) beat our Yellow Lab, who would have torn them to pieces if he were five years younger, but my husband quickly added that, they would have killed him if he were. Our Lab put up a helluva fight. There was blood, bile, and puss along the walls at his height. He had a cancerous tumor and he got kicked there and took a beating on his head. I could only hope that our dog broke their skin and delivered some hideous plague on them. They took my treasures, jewelry that I could never afford to replace. Those “Cash For Gold” places have to go. These places are not regulated and they present themselves as “assayers” meaning they melt it down as soon as they buy it. Cash For Gold is a new form of “carpet baggery”; built on our backs. I learned a lot from our robbery. Like I said, it changed. me. I booby-trapped our house and it’s dangerous; I hid what I had left and couldn’t find it for awhile. Crazy, right? I consulted with Neighborhood Watch UK – oh they are way ahead on booby traps and the like. We have a solid Neighborhood Watch program for our cul-de-sac. We approach strangers, we photograph anyone who isn’t from our neighborhood; that’s our profile, if you don’t live here, we speak up, we look, we log. I really didn’t know our neighbors before the robbery. That was the one good thing, to get to know, and love our neighbors. We communicate. I obsess.

We got an alarm system and so did our neighbors.

Laura Zah May 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Just once, long time ago. I was home, woke up, stayed quiet & called cops. They nabbed him. If he’d opened my front door the last thing he would have seen would have been the muzzle flash from my .357 mag revolver.

Kelly Anne May 2, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Had a $ 600.00 bike stolen off my upstairs morning I heard a thud, looked out & there was nobody there. My bike was chained to the balcony with a really thick chain. Next morning, chain was cut & bike was gone. So I bought carpet tack & put it where they climbed over.figured if they came back, at least they would leave in pain.

Marianne May 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Thief? Bring him on!

Betty May 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Yes , We got the converter taken off our Toyota by them using a saw. My car was broken into and my GPS taken. Only it didn’t work.
We were victims of the plant thief a few years back. Took a nice potted
tree from our front yard and sold it at the flea market. We also got my Mothers china dishes stolen . They were in the garage. Not sure how they got in.My husbands blower was taken out of the back of his truck.

Barbie Dahl May 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Burglarized? No. Raped? Yes. But nobody ever broke in and actually took anything of value.

Dr. Jellyfinger® May 3, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Betty, sorry to hear about your husbands blower….. did the cops ever find her?

Marianne May 4, 2014 at 1:25 AM

It’s so sad to hear all of these stories, I just hope children weren’t around or in the making with all of these different blames. That would be Just blasphemy !

Suzanne May 4, 2014 at 2:35 AM

I really hate hearing about all of these unfortunate events, there was one that had a child involved–which was not Just sad, but pathetic. There was another one with a supposed child, but the child was not there; and all of those many random occurrences that are listed on the police blog. A foot needs to be put down.

SIMPLE SOLUTION May 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police say that two suspected burglars were shot dead after being confronted by their alleged victim.
According to information from the Sacramento Police Department, officers were called to the 1000 block of Arcade Boulevard around 12:18 a.m. Sunday for a robbery in progress. Once at the scene, however, officers found that two young men had been shot dead.
Investigators say that one of the occupants of the home confronted the suspects during the burglary and fired a firearm in self-defense.
Michele Gigante with Sacramento Police says the occupants of the home are an elderly man and woman, but would not say which of them fired the shots. The man and woman were not injured in the incident.
The two suspected burglars look to be young men in their late teens to early 20’s.
Gigante noted that the home has a history of being burglarized.

VikingPrincess May 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

@Nokeem #45
What a terrible thing to happen. People like that are worse than thieves. No conscience… sickens me.
Good you have neighborhood watch and got to know your neighbors. Its important to do this. Cash for gold is definitely another form of pawn shop but worse. They even have ones you mail the items in.

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