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(CBS Baltimore)   Elderly couple returns home to find out thieves have taken everything. Why they even took their last can of Who Hash   (baltimore.cbslocal.com) divider line 47
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2014-05-11 04:54:24 PM  
Made from fish fingers and custard?
 
2014-05-11 05:15:06 PM  
No estate sale for them.
 
2014-05-11 05:15:48 PM  
Old people: if you live half the year in a different place, you really should consider hiring someone to live in your house while you're not in it.

This is sad, but so very avoidable.
 
2014-05-11 05:19:04 PM  
My parents split time between houses. I highly recommend:

www.californiasecuritypro.com
 
2014-05-11 05:19:22 PM  
Is it bad that I'm sort of wondering if another repo outfit farked up on an address again?
 
2014-05-11 05:20:01 PM  
Ethics? Never heard of them.Check a couple doors down. I hope they left the curtains, that's what you're supposed to do when you sell the house.
 
2014-05-11 05:20:57 PM  
Home owners insurance. This is why you get it. Plus, a security service. Or, move into a castle.
 
2014-05-11 05:25:22 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Old people: if you live half the year in a different place, you really should consider hiring someone to live in your house while you're not in it.

This is sad, but so very avoidable.


I thought the same thing, get a sitter or someone who regularly visits to check up on the  property.  Such a stupid thing to not do.  Alarm.  And as harsh as it sounds, they saying they cannot"start over'  but can't they just do it with their items from their other 1/2 year home?
 
2014-05-11 05:28:34 PM  
Had something similar happen to a friend.  Left for vacation for a week, returned to find everything gone.  Theives had just rolled up in a U haul and just piled it in, people just thought someone was moving.
 
2014-05-11 05:31:36 PM  
I'm just hoping they don't go to Baltimore for half a year for the weather. Or culture. Or shopping. Or traffic. Or better air. Or the pleasant accents.

The neighbor's kids have some interesting items on eBay and Craigslist.
 
2014-05-11 05:32:05 PM  
Given that TFA suggests they (the thieves) were in there for a while and knew where to look for some things, I'd be seeing if there were any grandchildren with problems that could be solved by stealing things...
 
Skr
2014-05-11 05:34:49 PM  
FTA An elderly couple on vacation in Baltimore County
Is it really considered a vacation if they were gone for half a year in another home of theirs?

Anyways, they should have had a sitter, a real security system, or rented out the house. I assume the had someone cutting their grass at least. Insurance should probably cover a large portion of the theft, so they won't really be starting over from scratch.
 
2014-05-11 05:35:54 PM  
That WhoHash will fark you up.....
 
2014-05-11 05:41:33 PM  

iheartscotch: Home owners insurance. This is why you get it. Plus, a security service. Or, move into a castle.


If you move into a castle, you then need dragon insurance and that'll cost ya an arm and a leg.
 
2014-05-11 05:42:52 PM  
And that's why you don't get a house in Da Falls, kids.

/there were places there I wouldn't go in the daytime when I worked near there
//most happening place in one part of the city was the soup kitchen where I volunteered
 
2014-05-11 05:46:22 PM  
that looked like a duplex. or whatever they are called there. one family downstairs and one up. and no one saw anything? horseshiat.
 
2014-05-11 05:49:21 PM  
Niagara Falls on the American side eh? That place is awful.

Remember in Back to the Future 2, the casino that dwarfed the entire town run by Biff? The exact same thing exists on the American side of the falls with no other redeeming qualities. I bet there's not even any copper left in the house. The Canadian side is kinda fun and very neon like the cleanest Vegas you can imagine. 


www.lakeshoretours.ca
 
2014-05-11 05:49:27 PM  
WTF is Who Hash? I get the Grinch reference, I mean in terms of Whoville, what is Who Hash made of and how is it prepared?
 
2014-05-11 05:49:34 PM  
Why steal everything, though?  I mean, what kind of money could you get for a bunch of used furniture, picture frames, kitchenware, etc?

Seems to me that it wouldn't be worth the time for that little money.
 
2014-05-11 05:54:19 PM  
If I can ever afford to have two places, I'm hiring Peter Dinklage and his army to defend the house while I'm away.
 
2014-05-11 06:00:27 PM  
The thieves knew where the stuff was hidden and there was no sign of break in, the doors were still locked?

Look towards the grandson.
 
2014-05-11 06:02:19 PM  
The daughter is apparently a Vulcan: "My Weeners was a colorful metaphor, and then I called 911."
 
2014-05-11 06:07:29 PM  
I'm thinking corrupt HOA.
 
2014-05-11 06:14:16 PM  
People who get robbed while on vacation are clearly doing some things wrong. One, always have someone to watch over your place. Two, have some kind of security system. Three, dont be so damn predictable in your annual vacations. Someone's going to notice that you leave during the same months out of every year. And four, though this may not apply to this elderly couple, do not go posting travel plans all over Facebook and crap like that. Also either have mail held or have someone pick it up daily. An overstuffed mailbox is a clear sign that the occupants are away and I've known people who've been robbed based on that alone. They came back to a stuffed mailbox and several newspapers on their porch. And an empty house. Sucks for this couple and all, but I can't help but think it could have been avoided. And based on the fact that it appears this robbery was done thouroughly and with some degree of finesse, then they must have taken their time and therefore knew the couple was gone and not coming back any time soon. Even though the couple apparently made a target of themselves, thievery is still despicable and i hope they find the bastards and lock em up.
 
2014-05-11 06:21:56 PM  
Humans are hunter-gatherers, and have an  instinct to swipe things.

You can't leave valuables unprotected.  Period.
 
2014-05-11 06:23:49 PM  
We had a US mail carrier that was part of robbery ring. It was easy to figure out. Everyone that stopped their mail was being robbed while away.

Best approach: don't let "stuff own you". If you really can't live without out, you better get a big a** safety deposit box and use it.

The same thing (but worse) could have happened in a house fire.
 
2014-05-11 06:41:28 PM  
Agreed.  Be prepared to lose all your stuff a couple times over your lifetime.

A fire is a good comparison.  The insurance check won't even come close to replacing a total loss.
 
2014-05-11 07:07:53 PM  
The light bulbs were a nice touch.

/It was someone they knew
//Someone who had a grudge against them
///May be they were shiatty neighbours?
 
2014-05-11 07:43:22 PM  
"Mom's Weeners was at breakfast the next morning 'At 83 years of age, how do I start over?' How do you start over? I mean, absolutely everything," Volpe said.

 It all goes back in the box, Mom.  Even you.
 
2014-05-11 07:49:41 PM  
Special place in hell awaits asshats who pull shiat like this.

Bad enough when it happens to younger folks but to do it to an elderly couple? goddamn your the scum of the universe.
 
2014-05-11 08:12:08 PM  
My grandma lived in NY Falls NY and my Dad and his brothers grew up there, even 35 years ago when we moved her out that town was a hellhole.  She lived in what had been a very nice neighborhood back in the day, but it had turned into a place with abandoned factories, boarded up stores and abandoned houses.

CSB: Her last job was at the school built on top of Love Canal, thanks to only working there a couple of years I think she outlived everyone else in the faculty photo despite being the oldest one pictured.
 
2014-05-11 08:26:40 PM  
I'd suspect someone in the neighborhood or someone related to neighbor.  No one saw anything?  Those homes are packed so close together the neighbors would be able to hear the noise of the 'movers'.  If a neighbor told the cops "Yeah I remember thinking the old couple must have moved since they were packing up their stuff..." that would sound believable.  No one heard or saw anything? Not believable unless A) they are covering for someone or B) they hate the old couple or C) both.
 
2014-05-11 08:30:33 PM  

palelizard: WTF is Who Hash? I get the Grinch reference, I mean in terms of Whoville, what is Who Hash made of and how is it prepared?


They make it from the leftovers from the Roast Beast after the Who Feast.
 
2014-05-11 09:04:35 PM  

Ex-Texan: Ethics? Never heard of them.Check a couple doors down. I hope they left the curtains, that's what you're supposed to do when you sell the house.


Agreed, however even if they are insured there may be issues because they were away for an extended period of time. Many insurance policies exclude "vacant" dwellings and given that they were absent for six months their carrier might just define their home as vacant.

Bottom line: Get insurance and check with your broker to ensure you're covered before you take an extended vacation. Also, many carriers give discounts if you have a monitored alarm system, so an alarm costs less that you may think.
 
2014-05-11 09:06:16 PM  

Tyrosine: Ex-Texan: Ethics? Never heard of them.Check a couple doors down. I hope they left the curtains, that's what you're supposed to do when you sell the house.

Agreed, however even if they are insured there may be issues because they were away for an extended period of time. Many insurance policies exclude "vacant" dwellings and given that they were absent for six months their carrier might just define their home as vacant.

Bottom line: Get insurance and check with your broker to ensure you're covered before you take an extended vacation. Also, many carriers give discounts if you have a monitored alarm system, so an alarm costs less that you may think.


That reply was meant for iheartscotch, not Ex-Texan. Do'h!
 
2014-05-11 09:16:19 PM  
What if the old farkers did it? 1.Pack their crap up bit by bit, sell/pawn the old good stuff, crate the sentimental shiat and keep it on ice till the heat dies down;
2. Collect from the insurance company & the kindness of empathetic saps with a soft-heart for sob stories;
3. Profit!
 
2014-05-11 09:25:44 PM  

Astorix: The thieves knew where the stuff was hidden and there was no sign of break in, the doors were still locked?

Look towards the grandson.


That's what I'm thinking.  They must have some shiatty apples on the family tree.  People only take light bulbs if they know they have all the time in the world to come back and get more stuff they need for daily living.
 
m00
2014-05-11 10:12:51 PM  
The stress of the burglary took a toll on 83-year-old Margaret Langevin, who suffered a mini stroke and had to be hospitalized.

If they find the thieves, I wonder if they can be charged with attempted murder.
 
2014-05-11 10:38:12 PM  
I can see a tarp and a "Sorry" in the thieves future.
 
2014-05-11 10:50:53 PM  

big pig peaches: iheartscotch: Home owners insurance. This is why you get it. Plus, a security service. Or, move into a castle.

If you move into a castle, you then need dragon insurance and that'll cost ya an arm and a leg.


Naw, just a fresh virgin every few months.
 
2014-05-11 10:51:16 PM  

eas81: My parents split time between houses. I highly recommend:

[www.californiasecuritypro.com image 550x320]


You do realize how easily ADT is defeated, don't you?
 
2014-05-11 10:53:00 PM  

Skr: FTA An elderly couple on vacation in Baltimore County
Is it really considered a vacation if they were gone for half a year in another home of theirs?

Anyways, they should have had a sitter, a real security system, or rented out the house. I assume the had someone cutting their grass at least. Insurance should probably cover a large portion of the theft, so they won't really be starting over from scratch.


Hey, they need both of those homes so they can vote twice!
 
2014-05-11 10:54:40 PM  

Birnone: I'd suspect someone in the neighborhood or someone related to neighbor.  No one saw anything?  Those homes are packed so close together the neighbors would be able to hear the noise of the 'movers'.  If a neighbor told the cops "Yeah I remember thinking the old couple must have moved since they were packing up their stuff..." that would sound believable.  No one heard or saw anything? Not believable unless A) they are covering for someone or B) they hate the old couple or C) both.


FTFA: Neighbors say they didn't see anything suspicious and believe the thieves took everything out the back door of the home

Uh huh. I'd be looking around in the neighbors garage sales for the next few months.
 
2014-05-11 11:25:50 PM  

Deathfrogg: Birnone: I'd suspect someone in the neighborhood or someone related to neighbor.  No one saw anything?  Those homes are packed so close together the neighbors would be able to hear the noise of the 'movers'.  If a neighbor told the cops "Yeah I remember thinking the old couple must have moved since they were packing up their stuff..." that would sound believable.  No one heard or saw anything? Not believable unless A) they are covering for someone or B) they hate the old couple or C) both.

FTFA: Neighbors say they didn't see anything suspicious and believe the thieves took everything out the back door of the home

Uh huh. I'd be looking around in the neighbors garage sales for the next few months.


Doubtful. It probably went down just like the neighbors claimed. It's a pretty common scam in these snowbird neighborhoods: Thieves find a residence they know will be empty for a few months, make entry late one night, and spend a few weeks quietly cleaning it out. Or else they roll a U-Haul up in front on a quiet Sunday morning. A woman a few doors down from my grandmother's old home got cleaned out that way once.

Oldsters just don't ask questions and are notoriously reluctant to get in their neighbors' business in these kinds of neighborhoods--as thieves well know.
 
2014-05-12 01:10:43 AM  

Antimatter: Had something similar happen to a friend.  Left for vacation for a week, returned to find everything gone.  Theives had just rolled up in a U haul and just piled it in, people just thought someone was moving.


This happened to my neighbor across the street and a few houses down. I know many of our neighbors, but had never talked to these particular folks before so I didn't think much of it. I spent the better part of the day watching a couple of guys fill a huge uhaul  while I was my front yard building a fence.

When they came around asking if anyone had seen anything I felt like a real asshole telling them I watched it happen while sipping lemonade.
 
2014-05-12 01:12:51 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: Given that TFA suggests they (the thieves) were in there for a while and knew where to look for some things, I'd be seeing if there were any grandchildren with problems that could be solved by stealing things...


First thing I thought of. No forced entry, all the doors locked, the thieves knew where the good stuff was hidden, and neighbors saw nothing suspicious?
 
2014-05-12 02:29:38 AM  
Last can of who hash?

/Eeesh!
 
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