So about two weeks ago, something bad happened to me… My apartment was broken into in the middle of the night while I was home sleeping! Scary, creepy, I know! Tell me about it! I was there! But I’m okay, I got away unscathed.
So this is what happened… I went to bed at 11:00 pm, Mochi sleeping next to me as usual. Sometime in the middle of the night, before 3:00 am, i woke up to Mochi whimpering. I went to go check on her and she was at the door whimpering and when I looked up, I noticed that the door was unlocked! Now, I know that the doors were locked when I went to bed. I checked around the apartment to see if anyone was there, but there wasn’t. I went back to bed. The next morning I get woken up by a phone call from my building manager asking if I was okay? I jump out of bed and rush to the front door to see what was going on and my building manager and some neighbors were outside my apartment. The planter box in front of my kitchen window was moved, the screen on my window was popped out and on the floor and the glass window was wide open! Obviously someone had broken in in the middle of the night, went in through the kitchen window and walked out the front door. The asked to see if anything was missing and sure enough my purse was gone! At the same time I couldn’t fine one of my cats, Moo Moo.
The first thing that popped in my head was my sister and brother’s sensitive information was in my purse and they could be compromised. I immediately called my sister and let her know what was going on. I tried calling the police right after and having to go through voice prompts to get to the right department and at the same time my neighbors helping me to try and find my cat. So much going on, it was chaos! I checked and double checked and triple checked my apartment to see if Moo Moo was hiding anywhere but couldn’t find her. I finally got a hold of the police and they said someone would be coming out to get a report. My building manager and I checked my apartment again and even turned my couch upside down to see if she got scared and crawled in there. Somewhere in the middle of the chaos dying down a bit, I went to go fix my bed and found Moo Moo wrapped up in my bed cover to the point where even if I looked under the bed I wouldn’t be able to see her. One problem solved. Mind you I haven’t even had the chance to wash up and make myself look decent. At the same time, in all this chaos, trying to call my credit card companies to cancel all my accounts.
Sooo you’re probably asking how they got through the window… My window was open… Okay, I know, I’m a single woman living in LA, I shouldn’t be leaving my window open!
So the police came and took a police report. Two officers asking me different sets of questions, one was for the actual break in and the other was for the theft of my belongings. At that time, I was still in shock over the whole thing and my mind was all over the place. Trying to remember all the little details was quite difficult. Oh yeah, the person left blood on the curtain and on one of the picture frames that was on the TV stand. They only took my purse. They didn’t take my laptop which was in plain sight, they didn’t take anything else of value either. My living room light was on and so was the bedroom light. I slept through the whole thing. I just remember waking up to Mochi whimpering at the door. That finally clicked. When I checked the door in the middle of the night, I didn’t notice my purse was missing, but then again, I was half asleep.
The rest of the day was calling my credit card companies and banks continuing to cancel all my accounts. That took all day long. Nate came in the afternoon and I finally got to clean up and take a shower. There was a second detective that came to take finger prints. I finally get a little break from all of it and Nate and I went to go eat at about 4:45 pm. I haven’t eaten all day. At that time I realized that I just recently started a meal delivery service that delivered Sunday through Thursday and they were the last people I gave the gate code to. How else could the person get into the building? In the five and a half years that I’ve lived in that apartment, I’ve never had a problem leaving my window open and I have water delivery service every other week, UPS, FEDex, and other delivery services come to the building and nothing ever happen until them. My finger is on the meal delivery service guy. I canceled my subscription immediately and gave that information to the police.
The days after the incident were nothing short of complicated and frustrating… It took me three days to open a new bank account. I had to go to the DMV to get a new driver’s license. Luckily my mom had lent me money otherwise I would be dead in the water with no cash or credit cards. It didn’t really hit me that my apartment was broken into until a few days later and started feeling the effects of it all. It’s been almost two weeks and things are starting to fall back into place. I keep my windows closed now. I’m looking to install a security system and cameras into my apartment and The police have identified the person using my credit cards.
The one thing we keep saying is that it was a good thing I didn’t wake up. Things could have ended a lot worse. The person that came into my apartment that night didn’t harm me or my pets. Someone is definitely watching over me.