It’d be awesome if the world of policing were like CSI. Then my friend and her husband wouldn’t be going through what has to be the most frustrating thing in the world to them. Let me give you a little context.
A couple of weeks back, on a Wednesday, during the work day at that, my friend Charlene’s home was broken into. Now, their house isn’t exactly the off the beaten path. While the police told them it was easier for the assailants to get away with it because their door is slightly recessed in, the house itself since on a corner within spitting distance of the main entrance into the Briddlewood neighbourhood. If I were to take a target for a B&E, it wouldn’t be this place. But, some brazen douchebag(s) clearly did.
They kicked in the door and made off with a pillow case from the guest bedroom—smash and grab 101, use something they own to carry stuff out—a red Canon Rebel, Charlene’s fully loaded jewellery box and one of three snakeskin sheathed Samurai swords that BIll owned. The Camera was brand new and they still have all the info on it. The jewellery box was the biggest kick in the crotch because Charlene had been collecting stuff all her life and it had heirlooms in there that are irreplaceable. As for the Samurai sword? Well, it was part of a set, not the biggest one of the three, but moreover there was about $300 in loose money right in front of it that was overlooked and it was up high, not exactly easy to reach.
The police came in, explained how the entry was gained, dusted for finger prints—of which they clearly found none—and that’s all they’re willing to do. What the hell do we pay the City of Ottawa cops to do? Pop their cherries so they can run the red light ahead of them? I see that all the damned time. The only lead the cops have is that they believe the B&E was done by teenagers. If that’s the case, wouldn’t they also have an idea of a couple of “likely suspects”? Neighbourhood no-good-nicks?
Here’s what I am worried about since the cops have put the onus on Charlene and her husband, Bill, to get their stuff back. If these were indeed teenagers—and I think that assessment is right because no professional thief would take 1/3 of a Samurai sword collection—then the camera and the weapon are sticking within the group that broke in. The Jewellery will likely get fenced and with the value of cold way up there now and the demand for these little leech companies willing to pay for unwanted jewellery, they’re going to get rid of it rather easily.
I hope I am wrong. I sincerely do. I hope that someone knows something out there, comes forward and my friends get their belongings back. I hope that whoever broke into their home is caught and punished. And I hope the cops actually do something about break ins rather than sit on the hands.