Sunday, January 27, 2008

My New Mathematical Theorem

Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I recall that there is some famous math theorem. I know no specifics, but I just Googled it and found it. It's called Fermat's Last Theorem. What it says is mighty irrelevant to the post, except that I've created my own mathematical theorem. It is quite simple:


17 = Stupid

That is it in its entirety. Back story? Read on.

We went away this weekend to the Sierras for some sledding. I was going to write about what a wonderful time we had. I was going to say how Pete and I can't recall the last time the five of us experienced such equal joy all at the same time. I don't think I'd have mentioned that I lost at gambling. I also don't think I'd have mentioned that my new camera broke and I'm glad that, for once, I broke down and put out $18 on an extended, comprehensive warranty on something I bought.

Instead, I will write how 17 = stupid. We all went away except for the dog. She needed a dog sitter, and we know a very reliable babysitter/dog sitter/house sitter. Let's call her, um, Sandra. ['Cause that's her name.]

We arrived home at about 3 p.m. today. Near immediately, Eldest went to put his money in his wallet and discovered it empty. $208 gone. Pete went to check his mad stash in his drawer. $210 gone.

My jewelry? All there. Unused credit cards? All there. Checkbook? There. Important documents? There. Just the money gone. Oh, and beer.

I called Sandra immediately, and she was shocked, shocked, shocked. I opened with, "Sandra, someone stole a lot of money from us. Who did you have over?" I knew it wasn't her. How do I know? 'Cause I know.

We talked several times over the next 30 minutes. Then I drove to her house to talk with her mother and bring her up to speed. I got the name of the girl who she had over. We'll call her Victoria. [Again, cause it's her name.] Victoria had her boyfriend and three other boys over. Sandra knew none of them.

Sleuth that I am, I tracked down Victoria's parents -- since Victoria wasn't returning our frantic, threatening phone calls. I left a message with them. It's 8:15 p.m. We've heard from Victoria, who professes to not know the last names of the four boys. "You're saying you don't know your boyfriend's last name?" Pete gave her 24 hours to produce the names and the cash. Her parents have yet to return my call. I do believe they are all at a family function, celebrating. I'm thinking Victoria ain't celebrating too hardily.

I've since discovered my video iPod is missing. And a plastic cup of pens. Say what? A plastic cup of pens? Oh, and all the beer in the fridge. And they made enough noise throwing a whiskey bottle down the street to get our crazy neighbor aware of what was going on.

We are so close to calling the cops. After I discovered the iPod was missing, I was tempted. And if we don't get the names of the boys, the iPod and the cash all back, we're going to the cops. I hate to do it because I hate to have Sandra dragged through it. She and her mother came over to talk to us and she's utterly devastated. The complete lack of trust we have in her. The fear of what else might have happened. Hello? Rape. Stolen jewelry. Stolen car.

I'm calling the locksmith tomorrow. We've promised her mother that we wouldn't call the cops until we talked with her again, after the 24 hour deadline is up. Her mother plans to make whole all the costs associated with this.

In part, I want vengeance. More, though, I'm afraid these people -- I don't even know who they are -- can just waltz in anytime and take our stuff. When the heat is off, you know? I guess it's not just vengeance I want. I want my security back.

[BTW, I turned on the comments for this post because I wanted to hear what you think about this. I was 17 once. I was stupid. Does this merit calling the cops?]

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

What you're doing sounds fair in waiting the 24 hours but I would'nt wait a second longer!!

Toni said...

I think you should totally call the cops NOW. I was 17 and stupid once and stayed that way until I was 20 or so but I NEVER stole $800 worth of cash and electronics (& more importantly, BEER and PENS! the horror). This is serious business and needs to be dealt with. IF they get away with stealing from you than what will they do next? Also, isn't Sandra sort of culpable in all of this, too, for letting unnamed boys in your house? I think you have to call the cops. It is a lot of money and these spoiled turds need punished. Just MHO.

Wonders said...

I think it absolutely merits calling the cops...it's amazing how many grown ups will say that getting caught by the cops was all that they needed to turn themselves around. You can't feel bad for what they created. Good Luck and...what a bummer!

Sian said...

I am sorry to hear what happened, it is horrible feeling that your home has been ransacked like that.

I think you should call the police immediately because these thieves need to be stopped before they cause the same anger and distress that you are feeling to other people too.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Being 17 and stupid means letting a friend come over to a house you are watching. Being totally irresponsible means letting the friend invite friends, AND not keeping an eye on what all these "guests" were doing! A large sum of money was taken, along with the Ipod, etc. Definitely call the cops, before other folks find themselves having the same kind of surprise! Sandra's mom is right for offering to reimburse you for everything, but none the less, it is a criminal offense and those kids shouldn't get off that easily. Better they learn the lesson now.

Miss J said...

You ABSOLUTELY should call the cops! Number one, for the lesson it will teach Sandra and Victoria. Number two, you were violated and deserve to be compensated. Not to punished for burglarizing the home mention, these thugs deserve to be of an unsuspecting family. Your oldest also needs to see that crime doesn't pay and it might give him a little trust in the "justice system". Don't hesitate to defend your home, this needs to be reported immediately! This is not about vengeance, this is about redemption.

Miss J said...

Sorry for the dulplicate post but for some reason my sentences were jumbled. What I was trying to say was....

You ABSOLUTELY should call the cops! Number one, for the lesson it will teach Sandra and Victoria. Number two, you were violated and deserve to be compensated. Not to mention, these thugs deserve to be punished for burglarizing the home of an unsuspecting family. Your oldest also needs to see that crime doesn't pay and it might give him a little trust in the "justice system". Don't hesitate to defend your home, this needs to be reported immediately! This is not about vengeance, this is about redemption.

Angelroses1 said...

I have myself done stupid things. But, I have never stole money or for that matter belongings from someone else.(ok maybe from a store but, like i said stupid things)Point of the matter though is that $200 is shocking and especially pretty low to take from a kid.As well they did not stop there they went on to take more.. I can see kids being stupid and maybe taking a twenty from the stash but when they stole more than that it became bigger than stupid. you should deffinately contact the police. it is also funny/ironic that when the police get invovlved people either remember or start talking.Another thing, the mom paying you back is the right thing to offer but, you need to make sure that the girl is paying you back(either herself or by working it off through the mom) and not the mom b/c if so she will never learn.

Bubba's Sis said...

I echo what everyone else is saying - call the cops. Absolutely. Do it now.

D... said...

I'm late to the party. Since I've read these out of order, I know that you have been in contact with the police. I'm glad. I am so sorry that your family has to deal with this, especially the kids. Your home is your sanctuary and it shouldn't be violated like that.

Please keep us updated on this. Thinking of ya'll....

Kelly O said...

I read these out of order, too. You did the right thing calling the cops. I was a pretty wild, out-of-control teenager. And I STILL wouldn't go through someone's things and steal. That kind of disconnect goes beyond any gray area.

I'm thinking of you and your family and shaking my fist at those rotten kids.

Pippa said...

Patois! What an awful ordeal! I did try to comment on the most recent post, as that's the one I read first. We were burgled a couple of months ago and I thought that was bad. But who does this chick think she is?! Throwing a party in YOUR house with a load of criminals?! Oooo it makes me mad, it really does. I'm glad that you did decide to call the police and tell all of the parents. I don't think little Saundra will be forgetting this in a hurry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all xxx

jenica said...

i go to vegas this week and miss out on all of this???

i am SO SORRY. i would call the cops. i realize that you have already, but yes, you were completely justified in doing it. this is how kids grow up. becoming accountable for their actions, reaping the consequences of their choices. i'll bet lil saundra never does it again...

i was 17 too, but i never stole. i did have my boyfriend (who turned into my husband) stay the night once while babysitting. but they knew him, he played with the kids, made them dinner. completely different situation!

i can totally understand feeling creeped out and vengeful about it all. i am just so sorry.

Sunshine said...

Call the cops before they sell the iPod to buy more beer.

17. Dumb, yes. Criminals, not necessarily, but clearly you are dealing with something more than your average moron.

chichimama said...

Wow. I am just catching up on your blog, how scary. Big hugs to you and your family.

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