Thursday, July 19, 2007

And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and a furious anger - or not

It looks like the Napa PD has caught the punks who robbed our house. I'm glad to see them busted, but all my delicious thirst for vengeance was squelched when I read that one of the perps is only 15, and the apparent master-mind (Mr. Big, The Brain, The Big Boss of this outfit) is just 18. I guess now I am glad I didn't catch them inside the house with their arms full of our consumer electronics, or I might be living with the knowledge that I knee-capped a child to protect an iPod.

Strangely enough, I just had a dream last night (and yes, I know people mostly don't want to hear what follows that opening) where I had an encounter with an 18 year old kid who was high on something and wanted to pick a fight with me. It was a kid that I knew, and he knocked my cuff links and high blood pressure pills out of my hand. (There's some symbolism for you.) He was really spoiling for a fight. But instead of head-butting him, I picked him up in my arms and carried him down the street. (Our old block on Franklin, actually, and there's some more meaning in that I suppose.)

So the dream had a semi-happy, semi-poignant ending. And I guess the burglary story is the same. I'm happy they got caught and hope there are some consequences that scare these kids straight. More likely these are a couple of kids who will be in trouble again, and that's sad.

Moral of the story: Some people need to pay attention to what their 15 year-olds are doing at night. Other people need to make sure their windows are locked. And everyone needs to hang onto their cufflinks and blood pressure pills.

4 comments:

Scott said...

UNBELIEVABLE! At least now you know. Some sort of strange closure. It seems like the kids are cooperating with the police. Have they contacted you? Wonder if the kids will tell them who they sold your stuff too. Certainly is worthy of thanking the officers who were quick enough to stop the kids on the street. Cuff links? What kind of soirées have you been going to?

Henagan said...

Sorry to hear you were burgled, but happy no one was hurt.

cat head said...

it doesn't matter if the perps were 15 or 18 or 50, you and each of the other victims should be afforded the opportunity to perform some "pre-emptive correction," 2x4 style. at least your cufflinks and bp meds can breathe easier now.

Barry Martin said...

As far as getting any stuff back, the cops haven't been in touch but I don't expect much. Probably fenced and long gone. I do hope they will get these kids to fess up on who they've been selling the stolen stuff to. Should a person file a civil small claims suit in a case like this? Guess I see what happens when they are arraigned...