Home invasion in Lake Forest Park

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A first person account of a home invasion in Lake Forest Park on December 5, 2012.

By Darlene Fairley

So I was taking a nap yesterday afternoon just after 1:00pm when I “felt” something go by my head. I raised up with a “wha??” and then realized that the closet door on the other side of the room had been flung open and a man (white, fit, about 6’ tall wearing a baseball cap) was walking away towards the hallway. I yelled “What?!” a little more articulately and he was gone.

And so was my Ipad that had been on my nightstand—just a couple feet from my head.  He moved my wheelchair, grabbed the Ipad and was around the bed on the other side before I was able to realize someone was there and raise my head. Very fast and very professional. (and gutsy)

Phoned 911 and got downstairs (Had to hang up on the operator as she wouldn’t stop talking and how could I say if he was still there if I couldn’t get into the wheelchair and go see?). Anyway, we had two police dogs and 7 officers in the yard within minutes. (The house is across the street from the Police Station.) The guy went into the bushes on the edge of the yard and then across to the Mall—the dogs lost the scent at Starbucks.

He broke out the window in the kitchen door (glass ALL over the place!) getting in and went out the front. Other than glancing in the main bathroom cabinet, he had gone right up to the bedroom. My Ipad was the only thing taken. It’s funny. I’m feeling a little miffed because he didn’t take my laptop, which was in plain sight in the dining room, or my purse (also in plain sight). My laptop is worth money. I feel a little sorry for it because it wasn’t good enough to be stolen.

And, speaking of highway robbery, the glass people charge $250 plus $25 surcharge plus tax to come out the same day. That’s just to show up!! Fixing the 20” by 29” window was another $250 or so. Nearly $600 total. Geesh! I almost kept the cardboard we had taped over the opening.

Told my son that I needed a new Ipad for Christmas, but he says he won’t get me one because I’ve proved I can’t hold on to them.


Rebekah Hamon December 8, 2012 at 7:15 AM  

$250 seems a fair price for replacing the glass.

This happened to us as well, last Christmas Eve. They took our iPad & laptop.

Make sure to lock your doors, everyone, especially when you are home.

Anonymous,  December 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

What a courageous story! Thanks for sharing as a good reminder to us all, to be vigilant (and to back up our computers regularly). I lock my doors, with an additional deadbolt, whether I'm home or not. However, that wouldn't stop someone breaking glass to get in. As such, I've been considering getting a security camera and a more-substantial gun. It's a shame that our society has come to this.

Anonymous,  December 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM  

Rebekah Hamon,
I think the lady would agree that $250 is a reasonable price to replace the glass.
However, she explains that the $250 was just to show up.
The total cost of the window replacement was close to $600

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