Theft and Loss Recovery

Posted by Raphial Hebert
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2023 has been difficult already through the beginning of the year. With the adjustment of divorce, the class action lawsuit against my rental property my shop is located in, and among other inconveniences and financial loss, I then had a sudden theft and break-in occur a month ago. I was finishing up the repair on my RV's shower and bathroom that night before, at about 6:30am, a group of thugs broke into my RV and 3 other vehicles; two of them mine, and one of them a customer's. 

I heard the last break-in of my Lincoln Town Car's glass being smashed, and when I came outside (Luckily I was in the shop), I saw three guys crammed into the car rummaging through everything I had. I quickly chased them off and had my dog, a Belgian Malinois, run after the last of the three guys. She caught up to him, but by then he had reached the building by the road, and I couldn't see her. For her safety, I called her back. All three men got away.

Minutes after looking over the damage, it became quickly apparent they had broken into more than just the Lincoln. They broke into my '79 Volvo 240 wagon, the Lincoln, my customer's Buick, and my RV. Unfortunately I had left all of my power tools, and several bags of tools, in the RV the night before when I finished up several weeks of work in the bathroom. They stole my Winchester 30.06 rifle, my 12g shotgun, my laptop bag with my expensive Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop (And a ton of extras in the bag) and all of my power tools. About $900 worth of power tools and battery packs... They ransacked my RV and even took a big $h!t in the bathroom and peed all over the floor... It took all day just to clean the RV alone. It was horrid. They even tried stealing the RV, hacked up some of the wiring underneath the dash, and completely ruined the ignition lock cylinder the key goes into.

I had to overdraft my account and pay for the glass for three of the vehicles so I could secure them again, and they wouldn't be subject to the current rainy and winter weather we're having. On top of everything else I'm dealing with, and the loss of my business and slow transition into new work, finances have piled up faster than I can keep up with. Now I'm in the hole, and have no money left in any of my several bank accounts. I'm several bills behind, and I've had to spend and overdraft all I had just to recover a small portion of my items so I could continue work. I've been in contact with the local sheriff's department, but it's been near useless working with them. There is a case number, a file, but nothing has come of it, and their communication is completely lacking. Above all else, this was a huge blow to my mental state and morale... I've been dealing with so much terrible circumstances this year, every single month of 2023, and the en...
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