A Sad Tale

by jenna on July 16, 2010

Today was going just swimmingly. I woke up, ate some cereal for breakfast then ran some sprints on the apartment treadmill.

And then, I saw this.

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That would be my new car that I just bought last September. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had a break in, and I have to say I feel pretty darn violated. Actually, I feel violated AND mad. Really mad. And, this happened IN my apartment complex…in my covered spot.
I cried a little bit. Called the police, my insurance agent and my daddy. If whoever did this was looking for cash or valuables, they broke into the wrong car because I don’t have any. They did take, however, my GPS and my ipod. Thanks goodness I didn’t have my camera, lens or laptop in there.
I’m going to go wallow and eat chocolate now. Goodbye.
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R @ learningasichop.wordpress.com July 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

So sorry that happened to you! It’s definitely an awful feeling

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

Oh no!!! :-( I’m so sorry Jenna! A car break-in never sounds like a big deal when it’s someone else, but I can imagine that it’s pretty earth shattering and takes away some aspect of your safety. I hope the police are able to find the person!

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jess July 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

that sucks. i’m so sorry!

i highly recommend grabbing that bottle opener for some wine to go with that chocolate.

thoughts and prayers…

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Dorry July 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

Nooo! This is terrible. I’ve been broken into twice and it’s such a feeling of violation. So so sorry. Focus on being thankful for the safety of your camera, laptop, etc and don’t let it ruin your weekend! :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

That is so awful! :(

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Heather (Heather's Dish) July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

oh no! we had our house broken into where they stole every camera, computer, DVD, amount of cash, TV, DVD player, and a couple of laundry baskets…it’s pretty crappy. just know that those people aren’t everywhere and stay somewhere safe!

thinking of you!

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Evan Thomas July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

So sorry to hear that! Some people in this world, well, they just suck!

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Julia July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

Oh my! This is no good.

I’m so sorry. Just know that you are (unfortunately) not alone – I had the wheels stolen off of my car while locked in my own garage. Broke the garage side door, my driver’s side window, and stole all of the wheels. They also took a carpet steam cleaner from inside my garage.

At least YOU are ok, items can be replaced.

Keep your head up.

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Marie July 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

What the crap! Awful!

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Michelle July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

Oh no! I am giving you a virtual hug, that’s awful. ((())) My house was broken into last June, and having your space invaded like that is awful. I hope getting the window fixed goes smoothly for you, and you have a relaxing weekend to help you mentally!

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kelly July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

That Stinks!
That happened to me last year. I was mad for weeks!
Also taught me a good lesson about not leaving anything in the car that I shouldn’t. At least you didn’t leave your purse in the car like me:(

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kristina July 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

oh no jenna! that is terrible, i’m so sorry! :(

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allison @ livingoneday July 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

jenna im so so sorry. thankful you are safe and nothing bigger was stolen. we had a couple thieves at the la fitness in my town. they would find people’s keys in the coat room, go break in their cars and steal thing, and then leave the keys in the ignition. so so scary and DEFINITELY violating. im sorry this happened. at least they didnt want your wine opener? ;) happy days are ahead

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Super G July 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

That stinks! Don’t let this ruin your weekend though…

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Corinne (breathe and savor) July 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

OH NOO!!! JENNA! That is just so horrible! I’m so so so sorry that happened to you. You are right, thank god your camera or laptop were not in there. That would be seriously devastating! I hope everything with your insurance goes well dear! And remember: it is 5:00 somewhere…aka never too early for wine.

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stacey July 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

How awful! So sorry that this happened to you:(

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christy July 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

So Sorry Jenna!!! Hope all goes well dealing with the insurance company!!

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Amanda @ Vegacious July 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I’m so sorry!!! :( Seeing this just made my stomach upset. I don’t understand how in the world people can actually do this to others.

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Kelly July 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Oh no! :( That happened to me once, in MY DRIVEWAY! The idiots who did it stole a book of my favorite cds and left. The cops that came just laughed at me when I asked if they thought they’d be able to catch them and get my cds back :(

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S July 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

How is it that you have the absolutely worst luck in the world one day, and the best luck another?!

I am so sorry to hear that sweetie! At least nothing too important was stolen. Maybe the boyfriend can cheer you up tonight with some fun shenanigans!

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Megan July 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Jenna, I am so sorry.. Some people are such jerks!! Try to look at the bright side of things!

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Jenna July 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Oh I’m so sorry. :( What horrible people that are out there, huh? It is kind of sad to think. Eat some chocolate, call the boy and don’t let them ruin your FRIDAY! :)

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betsy July 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

A few years ago my boyfriend had his window smashed and his gold clubs stolen, it’s awful. It definitely makes you feel violated.
But items were stolen and can be replaced – fortunately you weren’t hurt or threatened or anything. Still, it’s an awful feeling.
**hugs**

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Gracie @ Girl Meets Health July 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Oh my gosh!! That is so scary :/ I’m sorry, girl!!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

That SUCKS girl. I’m sorry…I’ve been there :-(

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Amy July 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Oh my gosh, I feel your pain! I bought my first brand new car in may and 2 WEEKS LATER it was broken into. Absolutely devastating. And Im also right there with you in feeling extremely angry at the selfish people who commit these crimes. But youve gotta remember, its just a car! Thankfully you were not injured. And ditto to whoever recommended wine, it really does help!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit July 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

So sorry Jenna! How horrible. Makes me mad too.

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Brittney July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

It’s happened to me twice! It is the worst feeling of violation ever! I work in the law enforcement field so the only good thing (if you can call it that) to come of it was that it made me understand how victims of crime feel more than before. It’s just hard to wrap your head around how anyone could do that :(

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Jen July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

You poor thing! I feel so bad for you. Nobody should have to deal with that kind of crap. My heart goes out to you… and your car.

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Katie Heddleston July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Aww I’m so sorry Jenna! Just know that everything will get taken care of! There was a time at school that someone broke into 10 cars one evening all on the same side walk and one of my best friends boyfriend was one of them. They ended up catching the guy– crazy people.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

So sorry Jenna. That is such an awful feeling. I’m glad you were able to call the insurance and your dad. ((((Jenna))))

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Geez louise. Some people in this world. This is terrible news. I hope things turn around and you catch whoever did this.

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Mariah July 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Thought and prayers are with you!

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Tina July 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

That is awful!!!

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Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

OMG! I’m so sorry!! You forgot the wine. ;)

My car got broken into when I was in h.s., and they stole my backpack that just had my hw in it. A week later it was returned to my school. It was quite odd. I felt pretty violated too.

The worse was when my husband had his car broken into, and had his gun stolen. We get a questionnaire from the tucson police department every year asking if we found it or not. It still hasn’t turned up.

Wine and chocolate, my dear. And maybe a baguette and some cheese cures everything. ;)

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Coco July 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

oh my, how terrible! i know how you feel about being “violated”–i recently had my wallet stolen and the person used all my credit cards and cleared out my checking account. you deserve to take a day or two to wallow. hope everything gets back to normal soon!

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Carly July 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Awww :( That happened to me just a couple days ago! I totally know how you feel. The feeling of some loser routing through your things really sucks…but don’t worry it will pass :)

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Happi July 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

aren’t the gps and ipod valuables?
they are valuable to me!

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Jess. July 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. Thank heavens your camera and laptop are safe!!!!! Hope you are able to have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend anyways!

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Erin July 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I am so sorry! I know it is a horrible feeling. We had that happen to our car last fall, while parked at a church. We were inside for a funeral, and when we came out our window was smashed, and cell phones taken from the glove compartment. I hope that your day gets better…lots of positive thoughts being sent your way.

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katie hery July 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

oh no! this happened to be about 1 month ago. i wanted to get a new tattoo and had saved up money to get it. then i came out to my car and saw some one smashed my window… so now i have to save up again. i had to keep telling myself, it could be much worse.

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Sarah R July 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Ugh! People are ridiculous!! Just makes me so mad…

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rebecca July 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

in the 7 months i’ve lived in sonoma county i’ve been broken into twice and replaced 4 windows that were smashed…all just outside my office about 10 feet from where i sit. i lost all my music on cd, an ipod, my gym bag with brand new running shoes and those spendy yoga duds…not to mention all of my cloth grocery bags. such a bummer, but i’ve learned to never leave anything in the car. no matter where i go. sorry!

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Marion July 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Some friends of mine live in east Nashville, and after X amount of smash-and-grabs they now just leave their cars unlocked (with nothing in them) so thieves won’t break the windows.

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Jess. July 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I am so sorry to hear this happened to you! Thank heavens your camera and laptop are safe!!!! I hope you are able to have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend anyways!

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Laura July 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Oh no! I’m so sorry that happened – and in your apt complex, too! The one time my car got broken into, it was because I had an empty pill bottle lying on the floor of the vehicle. It was for antibiotics, but the thief must have been looking for something stronger. Nothing was taken, but I still had to replace a window. :( I hope your day gets better.

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Reb July 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I had the same thing happen to me twice! I also drive a Honda (maybe they are targeting us!). Now I make sure I keep my valuables inside my house. Its annoying to drag everything back and forth but at least they won’t get any of my possessions!

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Karen July 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I am so sorry. I know what it is like to feel so violated. My husband made the mistake of leaving his briefcase including laptop, in our car once. Never again!

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ida July 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

that really sucks! I’ve had my car broken into too. I know how you feel. You should report to your apt complex too, if you haven’t already.

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Kelsey July 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

i’m so sorry! thinking of you!!

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Shannon July 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I’m so sorry, I read your blog a lot but never comment, this post really got to me because I’ve had a couple of overwhelming days this past week with my a/c breaking, car troubles, fridge breaking, etc. etc. etc. Don’t worry, with faith in God it will get better:)

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Heather July 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Ugh!!!! That sucks & I’ve had that happen before. I felt VERY uncomfortable just being in my car for a few weeks afterwards.

Hugs!

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Exercise and Eat July 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I’m sorry! I hope nothing like this ever happens to you again!

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M. July 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Bummer Jenna :(

It’s been happening so much lately (the car smash window &grab theft) that I am trying to tell everyone to leave nothing in their car at all,not even a sportsbag or whatever…people will smash for any possible item-so horrible huh?(and I know even an empty car is vulnerable to it too!)

Hope a big bottle of wine, some cudlding with your man, and some fatherly words from your dad help turn your day around!
Wishing a sunnier weekend !!

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Elisabeth July 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

So sorry about the car! At least they left your corkscrew behind! That would have been really tragic.

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Angela July 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Oh no :( Car break ins suck! That happened to me a couple of years ago, and it wasn’t any fun. Sorry about your GPS and iPod! Hope the repair/insurance part of the experience goes smoothly and you’re back on the road in no time!

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Maria July 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about what happened :(

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Jocelyn July 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

oh my goodness..that SUCKS. I hope they find the culprit…people like that shouldn’t be allowed on the streets.

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Carolyn @ lovinlosing July 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

That sucks! Doesn’t it just make you so mad!

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jenny July 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I’m so sorry Jenna. :( That’s so upsetting. I always think its good to get a good CRY out for things like that.

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Charlie July 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Aww, I’m sorry to see that! That’s really rotten of some people, to cause such grief! As has already been stated, glad you’re physically okay, and stuff is replaceable. You, however, are not!

On the humor side, I spy at least one corkscrew in your car. Is the white/grey thing on the floor another one, or is that an ipod/gps charger?

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Oh wow, that’s awful! I’d be furious and frustrated and probably curl up and cry. I hope your insurance covers it!

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Tiffany July 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I am so, so, so very sorry that some selfish idiots broke into your car. Thank goodness you didn’t have anything in your car that couldn’t be replaced, and most importantly you weren’t around to encounter those creeps!

I understand how violated you feel. Last year, while on vacation in SF, we left the car for 10 minutes to get snacks, and came back to a broken window (amongst the three of us, we lost a Macbook Pro, Canon DSLR and various lenses).

Do you happen to have renter’s insurance? I was able to have get my things replaced, although I’m not sure if you’d want to use it on just a few items.

I hope you have a better day. It’s horrible when bad things happen to good people.

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LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils July 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Same thing happened to me in SF, but it was my friends’ stuff and it was too few (under $1,000) to replace, but still sentimental stuff that they couldn’t get back. Plus they were in town for less than 24 hours and had to deal with that. PLUS, it was a zipcar so I had to pay the damages even though it obviously wasn’t my fault.

Seriously, I don’t even leave an empty water bottle in cars anymore.

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Tiffany July 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

oh, and the car we were in wasn’t even ours. It was my friend’s parents’ car. We also had to pay to have the damage fixed, b/c we didn’t want them to take responsibility for our problems.

I don’t understand some people…

And i didn’t the catch the fact that this happened at your apartment complex! Is there any way you could talk to management about your concerns? See if they can increase security or at the very least, warn other residents?

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Marie July 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

My car has never been broken into, but my dad’s and my sister’s both have, so I just don’t keep anything remotely valuable in there! What’s worse is the car damage– your pretty car! I’m so sorry! Sending civic love (and human hugs) your way!

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Anna (twelve22) July 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

So sorry to hear about the break in! I hope that weird, violate-y feeling passes quickly; it’s the worst.

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Lauren @ Health on the Run July 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Oh no!! This is awful! I’m so sorry. I can’t believe someone did this in a covered parking garage!! Of all places, you’d think your car would be safe there…

I’m glad you’re okay and that your camera or laptop didn’t get stolen…but it sucks that your GPS and ipod did. And it sucks that you have to get the window fixed. I’ve been broken into once (when I worked at the mall) and the feeling of violation and then having to pay for repairs are the worst thing about it.

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Susan July 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thank Goodness, they didn’t take the cork screw!!!!… just kidding, at little humour. But seriously that sucks, happpened to me, I had my GPS stolen, I was so so so mad!!! I left my door open however, but MY car was parked in MY driveway, im MY neighbourhood – how dare they.

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Heather July 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Oh no, that’s terrible! I’m so sorry that happened to you and your car :-( Hang in there, hope your day takes a turn for the better.

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Bridget July 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm

So sorry! I live in Chicago where this happens a lot – the GPS is usually the main thing they look for to steal. I’ve learned the hard way to leave nothing in my car. It’s such a shame.

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Maren @ Simply Maren July 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

aww, definitely hit up some chocolate!

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Donna Porter July 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

SO sorry to hear this happened to you!!! :(

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Clare July 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Jenna, I am so sorry. :( Someone stole my beloved bike from its locked spot downtown in plain daylight a few weeks ago and I feel your pain.

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Molly July 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I am so sorry that this happened to you! I come from a small town where we never locked our doors. Now that I’m in a large city, I need to remember to always always lock my car and apartment.

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sharon July 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Sorry that happened-it’s pretty awful. I’ve had 2 break-ins in my life with two different vehicles….one in front of my own house in a “nice” neighborhood (nothing in the vehicle to steal, so just the pain of having to pay my deductible to get the window replaced) and once outside my office while I was at work, two months after i’d purchased the vehicle. In that one they stole a cd player and some cd’s…..then once my boyfriends vehicle was broken into while we were out of town in the hotel garage underneath the hotel, and the REST of my cd’s were stolen :( So I guess that’s 3 break-ins total.

Since then I’ve learned to be very careful and basically empty my car each time I park anywhere other then my own garage at home-don’t leave anything visible that might lead someone to think you’re car is worth breaking into.

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The Wife of a Dairyman July 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I am sorry that happened to you! Definitely a huge feeling of violation. It also happened to me years ago.

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Paula July 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Your GPS and your ipod are valuables! And probably exactly what they were after. Well, the GPS, at least. My husband works for the police department, and here in Florida at least, GPS is a hot item to steal.

I’m so sorry this happened. :(

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Shelley July 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

We’ve had our cars broken into 4 times (different vehicles and different homes but a total of 4). I still remember the first time. Violated is exactly the right word for it! I’m so sorry this happened to you. It’s so sad that in our society people think they can just take whatever they want, even if it means smashing apart someone else’s property to get it. I hope your weekend turns around!

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I’ve had this happen twice. In a security parking building at UCLA. And in our former security underground parking at a small upscale condo building. Unfortunately when the economy is bad–these things happen. It does make you feel angry and violated, and a hassle/expense to replace things–but remember this: Stuff is stuff.

Be very aware when get in and out of car. Always lock the doors when driving. And when come in—look around. I say this as we lived in a very high-end building but near a town with high crime rates and the robbers would come over to our neck of the woods. One night I drove in late (automatic underground tilt up gate to underground parking) thought I saw a shadow move behind a car…then saw glass on the ground a few stalls away…..backed out onto the street and called police. Did not get out and investigate.

It’s not like we live in a war zone, or are dealing with what they poor people are subjected to in the Gulf due to BP, but pays to be prudent. Now you know there’s criminal activity around there–and it is fortunate that you got that message with ‘stuff’ and not by harm to you. But sorry you have to deal with it. I know the feeling. Very violated and icky some creep was in your car.

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Rebecca Hoover July 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

The first car I bought with my own money was stolen from outside my apartment. I remember vividly wandering around thinking, maybe I parked somewhere else? I must have traipsed around the parking lot for 10 minutes before I figured it out. I was sooo sad, and mad. Sorry that it happened to you. Funny story, the car was recovered a few days later (with no tires and the steering column completely ruined) and it took my months to save up enough money to fix it to where I could drive again. Had it for about 3 months and it was stolen again. They found it in Mexico about 3 months later and wanted me to come get it. Piff, fat chance, I told them they could keep it.

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Oh, I saw the mention of the stolen wheels–forgot about that. In our condo building of many years ago—one night a stealthy group went down and stole the tires off all the BMWs, MBZs, Jags etc. My husband and I went down very early AM to drive to Lake Arrowhead and all the cars were on wood blocks or on the ground!!

Then a few months later (there were 30 units there and 1/2 the units were 2nd homes) on a Sat night they broke into (with keys) into many of the units and stole a lot of valuables. It didn’t take long to figure out many of us shared the same housekeepers that then vanished from the state. In one place alone they got a lot of gold that the owner had moved from his main home in Connecticut to his place in this ‘security’ building.

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Camille July 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Ooh! I’m so sorry! It truly is a horrible feeling!
My car once got broken in to in my driveway at my parents’ house. They live in a nice, safe neighborhood which made it even scarier.

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Kathryn July 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm

That is the WORST feeling. I have nightmares about it sometimes. I’ve had my car broken into twice and my husband once. It was when we lived in apartments too – really NICE ones. I guess if people want your stuff they are going to find a way to get it.

Maybe they will enjoy the running beats on the ipod, start a running, get some endorphins and be nicer! LOL.

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Rachel @ Suburban Yogini July 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Oh Jenna I’m so sorry. I remember when my apartment got broken into. It does feel violating… Much love to you.

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Anne July 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Ah that is a horrible way to start the day, i’m sorry Jenna :(
People these days! I hope they catch whoever did this..but thank the Lord you did not have anything valuable in there (other than your ipod and gps). and thankfully YOU are okay. Hang in there!

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Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Oh no, that’s horrible! Hopefully the insurance kicks in and everything goes as smoothly as possible :/

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Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) July 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Well, that just sucks! I am so sorry, Jenna!

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Angela (ohsheglows) July 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Im so sorry Jenna…I can only imagine how you feel. That would be awful :( Get a good cry (or two or three) out of your system and allow yourself to feel angry. That just isn’t right that people do that!

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Michelle @ Life, With Relish July 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Ugh, so sorry this happened to you! Last month our car was stolen from our covered parking spot in our building. Definitely know how violated you feel…not to mention all of the annoying paperwork you have to deal with. I hope your weekend gets better!!

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Julie B. July 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’ve had my car broken into before when I was in college. I have since learned that I don’t keep ANYTHING in my car. When someone looks in my car the just see the interior, a lint roller and a tissue box.

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Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

awww I’m so sorry! That really sucks! Someone tried to steal my car when I was living in DC. They completely jacked up the wheel and locks and the poor car never recovered :( Luckily they couldn’t steal it because it needed a chip in the key to run. Make sure to call your apartment people and let them know so hopefully it doesn’t happen to anyone else! Chocolate should make everything better, but if not, there’s always wine too! :)

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Andrea July 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

This same thing happened to me a couple years ago in my apartment complex in my covered spot as well. I felt pretty violated. I remember this day clearly because I was headed out to my womanly exam later that morning and had to drive with the window down (obviously) on the freeway and my hair was a big poof by the time I made it to my appointment. Luckily, it’s something that can be fixed easily but definitely an inconvenience for the day.

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Kathryn July 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

so sorry this happened :( :( lots of hugs!!

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Dad July 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

And your Daddy is mad as Hell!!

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jenna July 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Grrrrrrrr

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Robin July 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Oh, that sucks. We had a break-in in our car a few weeks ago, and while they didn’t get anything that almost made it worse because they got nil and we still had to shell out over $100 for a new window!

One lesson to take away though – never keep anything of value in the car. Bring in your electronics every night, and hid any cables or charging equipment that might suggest you have electronics hidden away in the car.

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Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Same thing happened to me in May in my gym parking lot. I know how you feel, but I realized I was safe and in the grand scheme of things, it could all be a lot worse. So, keep your chin up!! And enjoy the chocolate!

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Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa July 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

That is awful! I’m sorry. Take it easy and have a treat. Also, I love that you have a wine bottle opener in your car. :)

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Lauren July 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Noooo!! such a serious violation. Not to mention overwhelmingly unfair. Wishing you luck with handling it – & at least we have parents to help us get through these kinds of things!

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Kathy W. July 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

It’s one of the worst feelings! You almost can’t believe it when you walk up to your car and see the window gone. Our second car was broken into in NYC twice for the radio. (Also, people tore off the side mirrors and threw food and coffee on the car–I watched one guy do it from across the street–on the Upper West Side, in a really nice neighborhood. He simply threw his Starbucks against the passenger side window.)

The worst was when I came home from work in Manhattan when we were living in Brooklyn, and our first car was simply gone. Vanished. Another car parked in its place. Filed a report, but of course never saw it again.

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Jocelyn July 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Jenna, I am so sorry this happened to you! It has happened to me a couple times before, and I totally know what you mean about feeling violated. Chocolate and wine sounds like a good cure…as well as a hug from the boy! Thinking of you…:)

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Claire July 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

OH NO! I’m so sorry :( Silver lining? Insurance, no other valuables and it’s summer…feel better!

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rori July 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

no! no! no! Ugh! I’m soooo sorry!

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Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Omg I am so sorry! I hope you feel better and that everything works out. <3

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CW July 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

That really sucks. We live in an uber-safe neighborhood and yet my husband has had TWO iPods stolen from his car (he didn’t really learn his lesson the first time…boys right?). It seems like people just love peeking into cars and seeing if there’s anything valuable in there. Kind of shocking they actually broke your glass though.

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Allison July 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

So sorry about your car! That happened to me in my apartment complex a few years ago, and it’s no fun–definitely a feeling of being violated. Wishing you comfort and good chocolate.

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Lisa July 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

That SUCKS. What a jerk. I hope your complex has surveillance cameras!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

so so sorry! you did not deserve that…NO ONE does. not a way to start your weekend =[ things will get fixed…

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MMiller July 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

So sorry Jenna! If you replace your GPS keep it hidden! The same with anything of value! My car trunk was broken into when my daughter was in second grade…we had just purchased her First Communion Dress and a few other small things, we put everything including my leather jacket in the trunk and went back into the mall to have lunch! We got home a few hours later, opened the trunk and everything was gone! We couldn’t get the same dress and had st start looking all over again!

My only hope is that someone does it to them some day so that they can realize how awful they made you feel! So glad you weren’t hurt and they didn’t do any more damage by stealing your radio or trying to hot wire your car! Does your apartment complex happen to have security cameras? Relax and have a great weekend! (it could have been worse…it could have been pouring rain!)

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Joanna @ FeedingThePrices July 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

That is horrible!

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Anne July 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Ohno! So sorry to hear that. Aaargh. I agree, get a hug from the boy…and so good you didn’t have more valuables in there. Although it’s bad enough :-(

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Following Julie July 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I can relate to that feeling of violation. What helped me was to feel sympathy for the person who broke into my car. S/He must have serious troubles to resort to crime. Unfortunately you are the victim of the crime, but obviously you’re in a MUCH better place.

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Laura (B Foxy Fitness) July 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’m so sorry this happened to you! I can empathize. The guy broke into my car with a brick from the historic sidewalk (thank you, Charleston, SC brickway) near my apartment building. All for what? A $20 Bluetooth ear piece he saw in the console! Unfortunately for me, he rifled through my seats and found my laptop cleverly hidden way under the passenger seat. *##&!!! This wasn’t the smartest crackhead (are there ever any smart ones?). His next heist wasn’t so lucky as he was caught in the act. He is now doing 5 years for other violations.

Karma will catch up to this person–no worries. Eventually, your sense of security will return, though it may be wise to invest in some mace in the meantime. :) Take care.

P.S. Silver lining of the situation: they didn’t take the wine bottle opener :)

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Ashley July 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Same thing happened to me recently…..it’s a very weird feeling to have. I, too, called my dad first, cried a bit, and wallowed in chocolate.

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Rosey Rebecca July 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Oh MAN! That really stinks! I’m sorry that happened to you. I hope they find whoever did it so you can punch them in the face! I also hope that insurance covers the repairs and the cost of your iPod and GPS.

Maybe look into getting a car alarm? One that automatically alerts you if anyone even tries to touch your car–that way, you can run out and tackle the loser!

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sarah (this is it) July 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

wow–this really made me think about what I leave in my car. I’m going to make a better effort to take my purse out from now on. Sorry to hear about this!

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Paige July 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Well the thieves must not be religious or classy, because they left your bible and your corkscrew. What jerks! I can’t believe some people…get a life! Does your apartment complex have surveillance cameras? I hope your day improves! :)

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Lina@GreenLivingNY July 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Be strong! chocolate will help! I am very sorry for you!

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Laura @ youngDCliving July 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I’m so sorry!

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lena July 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

The worst feeling is walking up to your car and seeing the window broke out. I got cleaned out once, everything from empty CD cases to a laundry basket of dirty clothes. They took it all. Hope the rest of the day goes better!

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Dee July 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I’m sorry to hear about the break in. What a terrible thing to have happen! :( {hug}

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Maura July 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

That is just awful!!! How are these people! I know its unlikely but I hope they catch them! Are there security cameras in your garage??

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Graze With Me July 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

People are assholes. Enjoy your chocolate, hon!! Have some wine too!

Is there a security camera in the garage you park in?

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Caroline July 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

So sorry to hear that and I hope they will catch the person who did this.
Eating chocolate and resting will definitely help!

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Amelia July 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I’m so sorry Jenna. Hopefully the police can find the person who did this. Did it happen to any other cars or just yours?

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Jessica @ Rawtumn July 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Oh gosh, just looking at those pictures makes my stomach turn. =( I’m so sorry this happened to you! I hope you can clean it up swiftly with your insurance agency and that whoever did this to you gets what’s coming to them!

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Neeni July 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

arghh that really sucks so sorry to hear this happened!! it happened to me a few years ago and i totally understand the feeling violated, i had that too! its awful knowing someone has been in your personal space!!!

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Simply Life July 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that happened!

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Lizzie July 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Jenna – SO sorry to hear about this. I’ve had my wallet stolen several times and it’s just the worst feeling in the world. I seriously believe that in cases like these what goes around comes around – only much worse for the perpetrators. I hope that everything can be sorted out quickly. In the meantime can you use your iPhone for an iPod? And google maps on your phone for GPS? Hope you are feeling better – judging by the number of responses on your blog you have plenty of support :)

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Jessica July 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Jenna -Such a bummer! I totally understand feeling violated. I got my entire car stolen once when I was a starbucks employee. I had just closed the store and my little honda was no where to be found! then when they did find it 2 months later it was trashed and all of my stuff was gone! from then on i learned to avoid leaving anything i value or like in my car overnight or for long periods of time. I am kind of overly cautious now…oh well! hope things come together for you.

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Sam July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Jenna,
So sorry about your new car! Coincidentally, the SAME THING also happened to two of my colleagues on Wednesday. It seems that car theft via breaking windows is highly prominent right now, especially here on the mid coast. They did not take an iphone or ipod that was left in both cars, but chose to take the wallets instead. Again, sorry about your car!

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Anna July 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

ooooh nooo!!! You poor thing :(. I understand how it is to feel violated. My apartment got broken into two years ago on Christmas Eve and all my valuables were taken! It’s a horrible feeling, but I’m just glad you are okay and nothing super important was taken.

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Rebecca July 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Honey, those things are valuables…

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Heather @ Life, Gluten Free July 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I think she means that nothing was taken that can’t be replaced. I would be upset if my ipod or gps was taken, but I’d focus more on the fact that I wasn’t in the car – no one was hurt, etc. You can live without a gps and an ipod :)

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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) July 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

That is terrible! I’m so sorry Jenna!

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Sandy July 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Jenna..I’m so sorry,that’s horrible! such a violation…I had my car stolen out of my drive way year’s ago..never got it back..took my baby’s car seat,stroller..can’t understand people who do those thing’s! I’m sorry!!
Take Care~Sandy

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Tammy (Defining Wellness) July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

That is so rude. I’m sorry, Jenna. It’s so sad that people do these kinds of things . . . what sad lives they must lead.

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alicia July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I’m so sorry this happened to you. I had a car, a few years ago, that was broken in two different times and stolen once (found a few days later with missing wheels, the radio was taken out, and various other ridiculous things were taken- like the dipstick that you check your oil with). I know how you feel.

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Megan (Braise The Roof) July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Oh, Jenna, that really really sucks!! How people can get so low that they feel the need to violate someone else’s personal property and privacy is beyond me. Thank goodness for insurance companies, dads and chocolate!

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Tasha July 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

What a jerk!!! People sure can prove that some are straight up douches.

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Ananda Rollason July 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I’m really sorry…. that SUCKS!

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Heather @ Life, Gluten Free July 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

So sorry. My husband doesn’t ever leave our GPS in the car because he thinks something like that could happen. Sometimes we forget our GPS in the house though, but I guess that’s better than coming out to see a broken car window :(

Hope it gets fixed soon! Glad you didn’t lose anything that is irreplaceable.

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James M July 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

This has happened to me three times now, and once my vehicle was stolen. The latest time happened two weeks after I moved into a new condo unit in the parking garage. The stupid thing was that they smashed the passenger side glass, while the rear doors were unlocked. Took my GPS unit but cost me a lot more to repair the window.

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

How AWFUL!! you poor thing!!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

How AWFUL!! you poor thing!!

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Kely @ Dream. Strive. Succeed July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I, and my red 2007 car of the same model as yours, both teared up seeing your post.

I had a 1998 Civic broken into 5 years ago in Milwaukee, on the Marquette University campus, in the 10 minutes between campus police patrols. They stole my radio (which was worth less than something, since it was a minidisc player radio, which no one was using in the States by 2005). Driving home with the gaping hole in my dash was painful.

My insurance fixed it right up, so I got a new radio and installation covered. But it makes you not trust things. Since then, I don’t leave anything valuable in the car. My ipod/iphone/gps/ipad all come with me out of the car any time I get out of it, even at my house.

I’m so sorry this happened to you…. it’s really crappy. My car (Scarlett) sends hugs to yours… and I send them to you.

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Christie {Honoring Health} July 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Oh no, I am so sorry that happened to you :(

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Dee July 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

This has happened to me twice, once in a place where it *seemed* extremely likely to happen; and once where it *seemed* extremely unlikely. It really is an awful feeling, especially to imagine that someone like that was even in your atmosphere.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Jamile July 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

This happened too me too, on Tuesday. They took my workout bag & thank goodness I didn’t have my ipod in there or my work laptop! I’m sorry! This sort of thing has happened to a ton of people apparently. Feel better! Hopefully insurance will cover everything!

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Jackie July 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

This happened to me on July 4th while I was at my friend’s house for a bbq. IT STINKS! I cried and couldn’t speak, you do feel so violated. I promise once you’re insurance gets going, your window will be fixed quickly and smoothly.
I even kept a piece of glass in my console just as a reminder of how quick things can happen.
I too am now very cognitive of everything I leave in my car. Keep your chin up!

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Kelly July 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Someone told me once that Hondas get broken into more than any other cars. The only friends I know that have happened to have Hondas too. Totally weird. I have one too but it has never personally happened to me. The second friend’s car was actually stolen (!). It really sucks and I’m really sorry.

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Amy @ Amy Starts to Run July 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

That sucks balls. My fiance had his car broken into and it was an unsettling feeling. Just makes you realize how crappy other people are.

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Marion July 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

When I was about 10, someone broke into my dad’s car in the driveway by smashing the window…. but— in the process— cut themselves and bled all over the passenger’s seat. Gross!

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Jennifer July 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I’m really sorry this happened to you Jenna. I hope your day has gotten better.

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I’m so so sorry about this. This has happened to me as well in the SF Bay Area and yes, losing the valuables hurt (they took my GPS), but its the sense of violation and ickiness that someone else was in your personal space. I had a hard time getting over it and cried my eyes out for a good hour. Hang in there!

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Michal July 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

*hugs* I’m glad that you are safe. I guess there isn’t a security camera in your parking complex? Hang in there. It will get better.

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dragonfly180 July 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

sorry to hear that! it really does feel awful when someone takes something of yours, but just remember that it’s all just “stuff” and the important thing is that we’re safe and healthy.

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Julia July 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’m so sorry about your car.
Since moving to Cali I rarely leave anything in my car.
I hope your day and weekend go better than your morning!

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Ellie July 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Sorry! Man that sucks! Hate when things like that happen

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Kelsey (Nourishing Noshes) July 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Getting your car broken into the worst! My friend and I went to a nearby park and her car got broken into. Unfortunately she had her laptop, camera, iPod, and a ton of expensive architecture equipment. We tallied it up to be over $6,000 worth of stuff stollen!

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Kimberly July 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Awwww….Sorry! That is one of the worst feelings! My car was also broken into when I lived in Santa Rosa…must be a trend?

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Jen July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I have heard that GPSs are a big target for thieves. So sorry this happened!

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Lindsey July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

That sucks! Same thing happened to us when we lived in Rohnert Park. :(

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Lauren July 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I’m so sorry!! I was always so scared to death when I lived in an apartment that this would happen to me considering we called the cops about 4 times in a year because of all the shenanigans that would occur outside in the parking lot. I hope it all gets resolved quickly!!

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Mindy July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Oh, that sucks!! So, so sorry! I hope they catch whoever did it!

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Lisa @ bakebikeblog July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Argh – how freakin’ annoying!!!! So sorry to hear that!!!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

I got the tweet and was so surprised! That is just terrible. It’s definitely a good thing that you didn’t have your camera in there. It’s a shame about the GPS and IPod though :-(

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Kelly July 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Awww so sorry this happened to you! Scary that it was in your apartment complex! I’m glad you only had a couple of things in there. My husband is so strict about taking the GPS out of the car because he thinks people will break the windows for it- now I can see why!

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Jenna July 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Omg I am so sorry and I think chocolte will help a bit ;)

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Emily Eats and Exercises July 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Sorry Jenna. :( I had my window smashed once because the thieves could see the little ring on my windshield from where the GPS sits. They totally ransacked my car and made a huge mess – I had a bag of tortilla chips in the car and they were everywhere mixed with glass in the car. The thieves didn’t get anything though because I always carry my GPS and my ipod in with me. So sorry!!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Oh my gosh, that’s horrible! I’m so sorry this happened to you. :(

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Kaitlin With Honey July 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Oh, man, Jenna – I am so sorry! The exact same thing happened to me last year. And – ironically enough – they stole the EXACT same things! I know it feels totally violating to have your car broken into… and all of the glass that it seems like you’ll NEVER get rid of is annoying, too (but I promise, it eventually all disappears). Anyway, I hope your day has gotten better from there!

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L.A. Daze July 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Filthy thieves! I leave absolutely nothing in my car. Not even a pair of sunglasses. My iPod is hidden under the center arm rest so they have no way of knowing if there’s an iPod there or not. Funny story, I actually left my windows rolled down once, and had my pink iPod and a pink Burberry scarf (yes, I like pink) on the passenger seat. This was in the heart of Santa Monica, street parking, and there are lots of bums in the area. Left it like that overnight…only realized it in the morning…and lo and behold, my stuff was still there, untouched! I got extremely lucky.

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Jamie July 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Jenna, the SAME EXACT THING HAPPENED TO ME when I moved to CA last year. Smashed window, stolen GPS, stolen iPod. Literally, exactly how it happened to you. Ugh. It sucked. I am sorry it happened to you, but you are not alone. Good luck fixing the window and I hope your insurance will help!

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Gosh, I came back to read all the comments and am so shocked that it seems everyone has had breakins—a whole lot of stealing going on!!! Made me remember that at Stanford I put nearly ALL of my clothes/linens/towels in multiple dryers in the laundry room and left to get something to eat—came back and ALL GONE!! After got over the shock thought whoever took everything hope they needed it more than me.

Am reading ‘Cracking the Millionaire Code’ –excellent book and faith-based concepts. One point is that 1/2 the world (over 3 billion people) live on under $2 a day and would sell a kidney to live how we live.

You Dad’s comment was sweet–my Dad would have been steamed too. Hope you’re enjoying a much deserved massive choc/wine splurge!

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Nancy in Naples July 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Why would someone do something so cruel?? I am so sorry and hope it doesn’t take too long to get fixed.

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Lori Lieberman, RD, CDE, MPH, LDN July 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I do hope you enjoyed the chocolate!

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Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life July 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

O-M-G.

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Kris July 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Please don’t leave anything in your car. For ins. purposes, you may not want to file a claim. It can result in your coverage being dropped. So sorry!!

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Jordan July 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm

It might be covered by renter’s insurance if Jenna has it. It’s worth looking in to that at least.

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Jordan July 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I’m so sorry! We made the mistake of not unloading our car when we arrived home very, very late night from vacation one time. The next morning we discovered that my car had been broken into IN OUR DRIVEWAY, and the thief stole our laptop, digital camera, Nintendo DSs, etc. It sucked. I’m still upset that the laptop had SO many pictures from our first few years of marriage on it AND the disk of our wedding pictures. Luckily my MIL has the original.

We actually filed a claim with our homeowner’s insurance, and they covered the value of almost everything- except the majority of the laptop b/c it was a couple of years old.

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Nelly July 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm

When I was a wee little thing, a huge glass bowl was dropped and shattered on the counter next to where I was standing, showering me with fragments. According to my mother, as I was being bandaged up, I told her that “chocolate will make me feel better!” Here’s hoping it works just as well in your case, along with knowing you’ve got enormous sympathies and virtual bearhugs from everyone here!

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Lindsay July 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

That sucks!! I want to cry for you…I can’t even imagine how violated you feel!

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tamar July 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I’m just going to add to the responses, but I’m really really sorry! I hope the chocolate did the trick too. Tomorrow will be better.

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Kim July 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm

That sucks. The same thing happened to me on my first night in California. I still had boxes in my car and they took one full of random personal stuff that was important to me but would not be important to anyone else. Sorry that happened to you – I know how violating it feels. Don’t leave electronics in the car, though (I’m sure you know this)… that’s what they’ll go for.

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Laura (Starloz) July 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Sorry my friend. hoping chocolate helped

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Emily, The Lady Pastor July 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Poo, poo, poo.
Hugs to you, dear one.
Saying a prayer that a feeling of warmth and peace will surround you right this second.

Em

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AmyJoGo July 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

The same thing happened to me last fall. Nothing was out. Everything was hidden away in the glove box, console and back seat pockets of my vehicle. They went through EVERYTHING. They found and stole my camera(granted a cheap one, but priceless when it comes to memories captured on it), GPS and mini maglite.

I am sorry it happened to you. For me, it wasn’t the stolen items that bothered me. It was that I felt violated. It happened in my driveway. In a very nice suburban neighborhood. In a community with little to no crime.

I understand and I’m sorry.

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Therese July 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Oh my. I am so sorry to hear that happened!

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Megan July 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Having your car broken into is the worst. I’ve had mine broken into twice. I felt incredibly violated and helpless. I hope the police catch the person that did this.

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m July 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm

That really blows, sorry for you. We had one last year and I’m so paranoid now — I hide everything! My husband says if someone even sees a CD or some loose change in the ash tray, they will go for it. Some people just suck like that.

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Can July 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Aww, I’m so sorry, that’s terrible! I really feel for you. My beloved car was recently totaled in an accident (no fault), and I now have a brand new one again, so I’m very sensitive regarding matters of the car at the moment. & the total violation of privacy/security that you’re feeling must be terrible. I’m sorry this happened to you & I hope it doesn’t happen again.

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Emily July 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I’m so sorry! It happened to me too (about 6 months after getting my new car) and all they got was a gym bag. My heart dropped when I saw the broken glass. And I still find glass pieces every once in awhile. It is only stuff, but I know how violated you feel.

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Courtney July 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

O Jenna, I am so sorry, what a horrible thing to have happen!! I hope tomorrow is a better day. Have some wine, I bet it will help an eensy bit.

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Kerri Beth July 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

That sucks about the car and your things. My car tires got punctured and my bike tires stolen in the same day on Christmas Holiday. Remember just breath and listen to some upbeat music.

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Crystal July 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Aren’t some people just awful. Last night while we were watching tv, kids drove by our house and shot their bee bee gun at our window. 300 dollars to get it replaced. I just reminded myself, that no one got hurt and life happens, and staying anger would just make me feel worse. Glad to hear your ok.

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Still Life in Southeast Asia July 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

That really sucks! I’m sorry to hear that. No one ever wants to experience that. :-(

Hope your weekend gets better, Jenna!

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April July 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

So sorry that happened. I got my car actually stolen 3 times in one year. I feel your pain.

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Katherina July 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

bleh. dont eat chocolate why advocate emotional eating?

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alicia July 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

really?!?

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Amanda July 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

That blows! I sorry! I’ve never had my car broken into either…. but uhhh it’s pretty empty of possessions. Tire pump anyone?

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Ann @ A Quidnunc Smorgasbord July 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Jenna,

I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you! I can’t even imagine the shock you’re in. I’m just glad that you’re safe!

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elaine! July 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm

The same thing happened to me in a gated, lighted apartment complex parking lot when I was in college. :( It sucks, do you feel totally violated. They used my emergency car kit to steal my stereo and a couple hundred bucks worth of CDs that I stupidly left in my car. If only I had an iPod or something back then… at least I would have had backups of all my music.

People suck sometimes.

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches July 17, 2010 at 4:35 am

I had the exact same thing happen to me last summer….a thief broke the window to my car and stole my purse. It was horrible, and like you, I felt violated and so upset! Even though having that happen to you really sucks, at the very least, it does help teach you not to leave stuff in your car (i never do anymore) and to be more aware of your surroundings. Hope today is a better day for you!

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Christina July 17, 2010 at 4:43 am

I’m so sorry this happened to you! Big cyber hugs coming your way.

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Meredith @ An Epic Change July 17, 2010 at 4:45 am

this happened to my car in college! except absolutely nothing was taken (and I had a GPS and iPod in there) so the police ruled it frat boy antics and vandalism. luckily, it is a quick fix physically to the car. but I do know the whole violated feeling you have right now — it sucks. drink a good glass of wine and I hope you start to feel better once things get fixed up!

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diana@mymarblerye July 17, 2010 at 5:21 am

was your gps and stuff VISIBLE from outside the car? After my car got broken into once I felt so violated…like someone was watching and waiting for me to NOT BE HOME to break into it..like they knew what I had!

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Teri [a foodie stays fit] July 17, 2010 at 5:32 am

That is terrible Jenna! I’m so sorry. :(

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Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 17, 2010 at 5:42 am

Aww man that really sucks. Way to ruin not just your weekend, but you week huh??

At least you’re safe and like you said you didn’t have all your valuables stashed in your car. How frustrating :(

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Lauren July 17, 2010 at 6:02 am

I’m so sorry. I hope the police catch them, and if they dont Karma will!

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Erin July 17, 2010 at 6:24 am

That is the WORST feeling. You feel so violated and angry at the senselessness of it. It’s not even like you were parked on the street, right? I remember someone shooting the back window in my parents car when I was a kid. They didn’t even take anything — just shot the window, it didn’t shatter, and then they apparently left.

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Maria July 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

I’ve had money stolen out of my coat pocket before, it sucked. I know how you feel, atleast you still have your bottle opener.

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Britt July 17, 2010 at 7:35 am

So, so, so sorry to hear this happened, Jenna! Hopefully karma catches up with them.

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Amy July 17, 2010 at 7:45 am

:( I thought I would come see if your spirits had been lifted yet, at least in “blog life.” Years ago, I had my car window smashed in, and bags of Christmas presents and toiletries from Target were taken. Nothing of real value!! The gifts were balls of yarn and some other trinkets of nominal worth. And this was in the movie theater parking lot, where I met up with my family after a day of shopping. It was the worst feeling in the world — violation. But now, I am careful not to have anything of real or seeming value visible in my car. We think the target bag was appealing to my robber — since people often buy electronics there. :(

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Mastering Public Health July 17, 2010 at 8:06 am

I’m so sorry that happened, especially at your own residence. I have also experienced car theft, though, thankfully, without the broken glass. The initial shock is the worst. It’s such a crying shame that we can’t live in a more safe and kind world. At least this is a good excuse to treat yourself and accept some extra love and sympathy (from the BF)? :)

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Dynamics July 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

So sorry to hear. I know anytime anything is visual in the car and a bad guy/gal walks by that car can get broken into like a smash and quick grab . At Christmas it is worse. People leaving packages for all to see. I think the worst is the women leaving their purses in plain sight on the front seat as they go hiking. You are so lucky it was just easy things to replace/repair.

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cabernetsv July 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

Sadly, I’ve been there too. Someone stole me and my twin sister’s purses out of our car parked in an amusement park lot. We never got anything back and of course, they never found who did it. The purses were hidden, so ever since then – hidden or not – I leave NOTHING in my car that I would want stolen. I use a Club on my steering wheel, since airbags are incredibly valuable to thieves (several hundred dollars worth). Also, Honda’s (I own one) are consistently top of the list for stolen vehicles – parts fetch good money on the black market. And if you were a thief, wouldn’t you target “nice” neighborhoods, where the people are likely to own nice stuff? Multiple car households are encouraged to park their cars in garages, with the most valuable car in front of a less valuable car, to make it more difficult to get out. I’m sorry this happened to you, I felt the need to pass along this info from experience and maybe it’ll help other readers. Good luck getting everything sorted out – sending virtual big ((HUGS))!

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Ally July 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

That totally sucks! My old car was broken into about 5 times over the course of two years. Besides the cost of fixing the window, they took my GPS which I had just gotten for Christmas, random CD’s and books, and my guitar which I need for work. It is such a violating experience. I have learned not to leave anything in the car but it has been broken into even when it was entirely empty so who knows :( Needless to say I have made friends with the local auto glass shop. Sorry this happened!

I do enjoy your blog BTW :)

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Brynne July 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

SO sorry about your car, Jenna. I don’t get people.

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Tamara July 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I’m so sorry that happened to you.

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Caitlin July 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Wow-I am so sorry Jenna.
My aunt and uncle were just in Philly for a concert this weekend and there car got broken into as well.

Such a shame. :(

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Jeanny July 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

Oh my goodness… that is absolutely terrible… It’s so disheartening to see bad things like this happen to good people. Will be thinking and praying for you, hang in there Jenna!

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Jeanny July 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

ps. if you happened to have your GPS registered, the police can track down the location of it (they can input the registration number to see the various locations where GPS has been used by the thief)… but if not, that’s okay too, most important thing is that thankfully you are safe!!

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Andrea @ Sweet N Green July 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

I’m sorry that happened to you, I feel your pain. I just had the same thing happen to me a couple months ago! I had my purse and wallet taken, and my IPOD. I felt completely violated too and I was so so mad! After awhile though, I calmed down too and realized it could have been worse. I’m just glad you are OK!!

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Lauren @ Running Examiner July 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I’m so sorry about your ordeal =/ Whenever someone takes something of yours in such a aggressive, stealthy, ILLEGAL way, you can’t help but feel violated. And mad.

I live in NYC, so I don’t have a car. My boyfriend, however, had a Forerunner when he first moved to the area from Florida. The car was parked in a lot in Weehawken, NJ for four hours. When he went to go get his car, it was gone without a trace. Needless to say, he was incredibly pissed.

I hope you had a nice weekend, in spite of this unfortunate event.

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Amber K July 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I am so sorry! That really sucks. I got my car broken into for the first time not that long ago and I felt the same way : violated…and MAD!

Luckily for me they didn’t break my window and all they stole were my sunglasses and a Veggie Tales CD. Apparently they needed vegetables singing to them about God more than I did.

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Kat (My Fruity Life) July 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Aw, I’m so sorry for you. :( But I noticed they left your pink sunglasses, and thats WONDERFUL!

Did you know I have searched for pink sunglasses since seeing yours? I need them.

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