Stealing from a Special Needs Family

This morning,  while I was walking out to our van,  two people jumped in and stole it.  I was about 15 feet away when it happened. The boys were watching out the window as it happened.

When I went into the house to call the police, the boys were hysterical and sobbing.  They were scared and don’t understand why someone would do this to us.  We couldn’t even get the boys to school because the car seats were in the van when they stole it.

How do you explain to an Autistic child what just happened?

I know that these idiots likely didn’t target my family because we are a special needs family but I think the punishment should be proportional to the impact their actions have had on my 3 Autistic children and my family as a whole.

I’m so tired right now and I’m so angry.  I was close enough to the van to grab the guy that jumped into the passenger seat but I was afraid of getting shot or stabbed as we have already been involved in a drive by shooting and a stabbing in recent months.

I know, not trying to stop them was the right thing to do but I would have liked to dragged that guy out of the car….

The boys are a mess.  Lizze is not doing well and I’m feeling really helpless at this point. I can only take so much and I think I’ve been pushed to the edge.

Now are house keys and alarm bypass are in the hands of the a$$holes that stole our van. This was possibly a gang initiation and knowing they have keys to our home doesn’t feel good. 

No one wants to be here and I can’t blame them.

I hate this house and I hate where we live. 
I love some of my neighbors but we just can’t take anymore.  I’m so thankful that it happened to me and not Lizze.  I’m extremely thankful that the boys weren’t in the van at the time.

That would be the silver lining,  no one was hurt.

Update:

The police called to say that they found our van.  It had been ditched a few miles away. 

We don’t know about damage yet but they did keep the keys (our only set of keys).  They have our house key and alarm bypass for the house alarm.

Police said that they may intend to try and use them to get into our home and we should be prepared.

Now I have to replace the locks on the house and get the freaking van re-keyed. I think insurance will cover everything over $250 for the van but nothing for the house.

Not sure what the total bill is or if there is other damage to the van. 

They’ll never catch these guys and I didn’t see their faces,  so I wouldn’t recognize them if they came around again.

Trying to get the boys lunch and keep them as detached as possible. We have already had several meltdowns and they are completely overstimulated.

I writing this from my phone,  and trying to get myself centered,  so I can be there for everyone else without falling apart..

 

Maggie has been freaking out since this morning.  She keeps growling out the window and has had her fur up on end all day. 

Good thing is that anyone trying to get into our house will have to get through her. 

Good luck with that……She’s as mad as I am……

 

 

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Father to 3 boys with #Autism, 1 with Fragile Health. Award winning blogger, techy and advocate. #AutismDad @GuardianLocate
Rob Gorski

Rob Gorski

Father to 3 boys with #Autism, 1 with Fragile Health. Award winning blogger, techy and advocate. #AutismDad @GuardianLocate

0 thoughts on “Stealing from a Special Needs Family

  • January 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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    That’s awful, you have my sympathy. However, I think that crime is a crime, no matter who the victim is. Autistic individuals and their families should have the same rights and protections as all people do- and crimes against them punished with the same severity.

    Best of luck getting everything straightened out. That sounds like it’s going to be a huge hassle.

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  • January 24, 2012 at 9:17 am
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    Sorry to hear that you and your family had to go through this. Hang in there, I will keep you guys in my prayers.

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  • January 24, 2012 at 6:31 am
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    @oledphatnuglee@xanga – It’s awful what some kids will do. They don’t
    realize what happens on the other end when everything is frazzled and
    you’re on edge because of their actions. I’m sorry to hear this news and
    I hope insurance will be able to help. Having to get new locks and keys
    are NOT fun. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  • January 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm
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    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Is Maggie a pit? When I lived on my own, I got a pit (and named her Maggie, ironically enough). I never felt safer than with that dog.

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  • January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm
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    That’s awful! What a terrible violated feeling to have someone do something like that! & to know they still posses your house & alarm bypass keys as well! -shakes head- Well, at least, like you said no one was hurt & that was the silver lining of the day. I hope they don’t come back, but if they do it sounds like you’re ready!

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  • January 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm
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    Oh fuck.. I’m so sorry 🙁 Can’t even imagine that! Wtf is wrong with people.. 

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  • January 23, 2012 at 9:41 am
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    How horrible that this occurred to you while you witnessed unable to stop the thieves.  Thank goodness no one got hurt.  I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to explain to your children.  This should never occur to anyone, I really cannot understand why some people feel they must steal.  Best wishes to you and your family.

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  • January 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm
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    I am so sorry this happened to you and your family. I wish you all the best. Take care and I send my heart out to all of you.

    ♥♥♥HUGS♥♥♥

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  • January 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm
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    Terribly unfortunate. I hope nothing more happens. If I were you, I’d never leave my car unlocked again. Or my house.Definitely would scare me.

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  • January 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm
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    I’m glad you got your van back and you should try to get the car insurance to cover the home locks since the keys were stolen. Our car insurance ended up covering a bunch of stuff we didn’t expect it to when our car was stolen and we learned it never hurts to ask your agent if you’re not sure what’s covered.

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  • January 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm
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    It’s horrible knowing that people do these things as though without conscience. Seriously, how misled are those kids!? Sorry to hear about what happened and I’m really glad no one was hurt!

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  • January 22, 2012 at 11:27 am
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    I am so sorry that this happened to you. Someone kicked my dog and broke into my home when we were gone, and they took my laptop and camera. I don’t know what else was taken, but the thought that someone was in my home when I was gone felt so wrong and I felt so violated. I hope your family stays safe.

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  • January 22, 2012 at 12:21 am
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    Good God, I am so sorry.  I just want you guys to get a break!  Hang in there please!  

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  • January 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm
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    It’s awful what some kids will do. They don’t realize what happens on the other end when everything is frazzled and you’re on edge because of their actions. I’m sorry to hear this news and I hope insurance will be able to help. Having to get new locks and keys are NOT fun. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  • January 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm
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    As you’re writing from your phone you may not see this comment, but our house was broken into back in October of 2010. They took all the keys and the faub to the house alarm. The sense of security you lose in an incident like that can’t be explained. You just feel so…helpless and scared that they’ll come back. I pray they(the a$$holes) will leave you alone.

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