Thursday, February 4, 2010
Thieves in the night
It was something I never expected to happen at my home.
Sunday, Jan. 24, we had turned out most of the lights. Erin and Andy were asleep. It was about 11:30 p.m.
I had gotten into bed and was watching TV. Pam was on the computer in the adjoining room. I heard a sudden noise – coming from the other end of the house in the kitchen.
We thought Andy was awake again and upstairs for a “midnight snack.” We shouted. He did not respond.
I made a quick dash through the house and saw nothing. I thought – “Maybe it was the ice machine.”
But then about 30 minutes later, Pam was still awake, and checked things out herself. She noticed a small pane missing from the bay window in the kitchen.
It was a stormy night. We sort of brushed it off and attributed it to the strong wind. It appeared the frame had rotted a bit, too.
Then Pam started looking for Erin’s purse and Nintendo DS. She checked the church building (from Sunday services) and other places, but no luck. Later Monday I walked out back and noticed the glass had not fallen beneath the window. Instead, it was below the patio in the grass.
We called the police.
It became obvious that someone had taken a flathead screwdriver and chiseled away the wood underneath the pane. The criminal or criminals had hoped to slide the pane out, without noise, and grab things on the table, including the purse. But instead the pane broke and that’s the noise we heard. We apparently scared them away.
Come to find out, other break-ins occurred the same night in the city.
We certainly don’t want to lose any of our material possessions, but thank goodness, our lives were never threatened.
A neighbor later found Erin’s purse in her backyard – with no contents.
The act of stealing in general is very bothersome. Someone tried it a few years ago in the daylight at our house, when we were not at home, but our big, angry and barking dog sent them running.
I grew up in the country – never worried about theft. I’ve never had a burglar alarm. But that has to change after what happened January 24.
The other day, while thinking about this column, my thoughts turned to the Bible’s Ten Commandments – particularly number eight. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all lived by this great list of moral standards?
ONE: “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
TWO: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
THREE: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”
FOUR: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
FIVE: “Honor your father and your mother.”
SIX: “You shall not murder.”
SEVEN: “You shall not commit adultery.”
EIGHT: “You shall not steal.”
NINE: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
TEN: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
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