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Stolen Items
updated: Jun 08, 2014, 2:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Earlier this week we discovered that a birdbath that had been given to my Mom, when my father passed away, was stolen from her front yard in Los Olivos. Today she discovered that a Indian grinding stone was also stolen. Many other neighbors have also reported that they've had items taken from their front yards, while other had their cars broken into.

One neighbor reportedly found a wagon wheel stolen from her front yard at a local antique or consignment store and was able to get it back. Other than contacting every antique or consignment shop in the county does anyone know of a way to alert them to be on the look out for stolen property by email or fax?

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 COMMENT 526275 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 02:18 PM

Good luck with the local LEOs - twice my home has been broken into and twice I have been told that "we don't devote much energy to property crimes these days".

My suggestion is to keep prowling the local shops as well as Craigslist.

Or bolt everything down in the yard.

 

 COMMENT 526276P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 02:27 PM

I feel for you. Damn thieves! Such creeps have been known to dig up plants, such as Cycads (some are quite valuable), right out of the owners' front yards (in L.A.).

Best not to keep your valued garden art where others can scope it out, as they drive past. A sad fact, but true.

Sorry I am of no help at all. If it were me, I'd make a circuit of local shops, photos and flyers in hand. If there's another way of trying to recoup your loss, I am curious to know of it, too.

Unless the items are of great value, and you're offering a reward, I doubt many shopkeepers will try (or have the time to try) to keep tabs on your stolen goods. Curses on those who steal.

 

 COMMENT 526279 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 02:34 PM

I'm disappointed to hear there's crime in a small town like Los Olivos!

I have many neighbors who walk their dogs past my home and don't pick up the feces left by their beloved pets. I've been considering putting up a security camera with motion detector. They're available at Costco and on the internet. You probably need to be a little tech savy for this to work.

 

 COMMENT 526281P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 02:38 PM

Prevention would be the best method of forestalling your heartache of finding family heirlooms and beloved yard decor ripped off from your front yard.

Don't display items that you love, love, love. Unless you can keep them in your back yard. Even then, think of the amount of people who have access, if you hire maintenance men or allow others a look around.

Obviously, you have some sort of drug addict or perhaps some set of neighborhood kids in need of fast cash, prowling your 'hood. Motion-sensored video cams and a "fake" set up of some high value object might help bust this/these thief/thieves. That might help in recovering some of the stolen goods. Otherwise, you won't be able to catch him/her/them at it, unless you're out prowling around yourself at 3am, 4am.

So sorry you have to deal with loss of your lovely art. I know the feeling.

 

 SHARE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 02:39 PM

I'm glad your neighbor got her item back. I hope you get yours back too if you want it in your front yard have someone cement it in for you. That way no one can just take-off with it. Shameful!

 

 D8VANILLA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 03:24 PM

File the Police reports - no matter what they tell you.

Install video cameras. It's worked for me many times. When my large Agave plants were being torn, shredded leaves, I smeared a bunch of Petroleum Jelly all over the leaves. Stopped them for a while.

Run a strand of barbed-wire on the back-side of items. They will cut their hands.

Motion sensor lights, with the surveillance cameras. Even a sign that indicates you have cameras on property will help.

 

 COMMENT 526289 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 03:34 PM

Take pictures of what you have outside and distribute them to the shops that you found your stuff at. Maybe they won't buy from the things next time.

 

 COMMENT 526304 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 04:48 PM

Where are all of those responsible gun owners?

 

 COMMENT 526307 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 05:17 PM

@304. Did I miss something? Were there unattended guns outside the home and not secure?

 

 COMMENT 526323 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 06:58 PM

-307- yep, you missed.

 

 COMMENT 526328 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 07:20 PM

I missed it too. Strange comment, 304.

 

 COMMENT 526344P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 08:55 PM

D8VAnilla, why were the agave leaves being shredded?

 

 COMMENT 526364 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 06:35 AM

Do not booby trap anything in your yard!!

For me it was after a garage sale, the guy even asked if he could buy the antique garden gnome, I said no (wifes grandma left it to her) the guy was a buyer for a local consignment shop , he drove a Mercedes and had a terrible attitude, next day it was gone.

No more garage sales for me

 

 COMMENT 526367 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 07:28 AM

You don't hear much about the tremendous increase in crimes and criminal activity in the Santa Ynez Valley that began when the gamblng casino opened. People that should not be gambling at all, which is a large majority of the types you will see in that Chumsh casino, often become thieves or embezzlers. I remember an incident not long ago where a handful of women were arrested in a gas station in Buelton trying to sell items they had stolen, shoplifting nearby, so they could get enough money to go back to the casino. These are a few of the many negative impacts of that casino. Then there are the numerous drug and alcohol violations occurring daily. Yet there are still those in the community that think the casino is good because it creates some non-Indian jobs and makes these psuedo Indians very rich from massive profits taken in from the fools who are there to lose there money along with the gambling addicts hoping against all odds that they can win something.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 09:11 AM

Awful that people think it is okay to steal from your yard. We had a really neat little wood stove, brand "Tiny Tot", meant for a boat; it was on our front porch, one day I noticed it gone. I have no idea when it was taken as we have quite a few interesting things out there so it didn't stand out. So very irritating! We are in Carpinteria

 

 COMMENT 526400 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 09:17 AM

I had a plant stolen from my front yard by a gopher I suspect. I smoked the guy out but I didn't get my plant back.

 

 COMMENT 526446 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 10:49 AM

Call the sheriff, they should be able to help you.

 

 COMMENT 526474 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 11:33 AM

You can get really good wireless security cameras w/ night vision and motion detectors nowadays. Amazon seems to have the best prices. Check out d-link. I am! I want to find who keeps letting the dog poop in the yard (obviously off leash too b/c the poop is not close to the sidewalk) and not picking it up. And other sundry things that might be going on whilst I am working hard to pay my rent. We should all do this, it would go along way towards stopping these crimes!

 

 COMMENT 526476 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 11:39 AM

Cameras. They work.

 

 COMMENT 526495 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 12:18 PM

we've even had shoes and anything that isn't tied down or too heavy stolen from the front porch. Stinks that when the economy goes down people get desperate and steal from ones they THINK are richer than them! I'd be diligent and just spend the time and call all the stores to get your things back and also file a complaint with law enforcement just to make sure there is a record if someone catches the thieves, leave a paper trail.

 

 COMMENT 526535 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-09 01:56 PM

Good fences make good neighbors......my place does have a bit of a fortress feel to it now but all my cute lawn stuff is staying put. And people think I'm a reclusive freak anyhow so why spoil their fun.

 

 COMMENT 526797 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-10 09:32 AM

Does anyone else think 426's comment is nanny-worthy? Unless of course the housecleaner is one of the commentor's relatives- then I guess he/she would know.

 

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