's post about the theft of his grandfather's shortwave radio and then finding another exactly like it on ebay got me thinking about other odd items which people have had go missing: although in Fuddyduddy1952's case it was the circumstances which were odd.
But I will start: the oddest "robbery" I ever experienced happened in Junior
High or High School. I was an odd child (who matured into an odd adult, but that is besides the point) and I hated school with a passion.
One of the techniques I used to get through school was to dream of horses constantly, and one of the things I did was to give all my pencils horse names, like Amroth, Fatty Lumpkin, Rajah, Shamsi... I scribed these names right onto the pencils and then I would select one or two to bring to class for their workouts.
We had lockers in the halls with padlocks on them: the kind with numbers that you twirl about in certain combinations to open them. The lockers also had small holes, maybe an inch or less in diameter, across the top. When locking up, I would always spin my dial, tug it, and then set the pointer on "Zero."
Anyway, I got to my locker one day, and every pencil had vanished. In their place was a fresh red rose. Nothing else. My combination lock was still set to zero.
Nobody ever said anything, there was never any indication as to what happened. About a week after the robbery, I saw a girl using one of my branded pencils, a black snowflake appaloosa pencil named "Amroth."
She was not a friend of mine (actually, I had no friends), and I never had the courage to ask her where she got Amroth or to ask for his return.
It remains a haunting mystery...
So anyone else have a mystery theft in their life?