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post #1 of 46 Old 01-11-2020, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Oddest thing you have had stolen

@Fuddyduddy1952 '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?
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post #2 of 46 Old 01-11-2020, 06:37 PM
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Well, this is going to make me sound weird too, lol, but someone stole my ghosts!

Close to Halloween I like to hang "ghosts" out on my favorite trails. I make them out of squares of bedsheets, maybe the size of a handkerchief, tie a string around their middle, draw faces on the with permanent markers......anyway, they are pretty cute! I hang them from tree branches and I get a kick out of seeing them smiling back at me out on my rides.

Last Halloween, someone "stole" 5 of them! I had 6 brand new ones on my trail and after a week or two, they all disappeared except one. The survivor was in a slightly different spot, so I think whomever picked them up must have missed that one. I don't know why anyone would pick them up......except it was hunting season and there was also a game camera on the same trail........maybe a peeved hunter? I don't know, but I have been doing this for years and I've only had one or two walk off before, not a whole batch of them.

So yeah, someone stole my ghosts!

I had a weird high-school locker experience too. I went and opened my locker one day and someone had lit a fire in there! (There was a gap at the bottom of the locker door so someone could have slid something in without opening it).

It burned up my science book (I think I had everything else in my backpack). So I went to the office, thinking there must have been a string of locker vandalism.......because I had no enemies that I knew of. But I was the only one hit! Luckily they were kind and replaced my science book so I didn't have to pay for it, but I still don't know if that was a random act or if I was targeted for some reason.

I was a loner in high school and honestly didn't know of anyone I thought would do that to my locker. The worst part was all of the rest of my books stunk like smoke for the rest of the year because that smell wouldn't leave the locker. And it wasn't a nice, fireplace smell, it was a nasty, burned plastic type of smell.


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Blue jeans. I had changed at work from class. Like you have to be the exact size.
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We had our house broken into and they stole pretty much everything. It was what they didn't take that I found odd. They took the stereo, the TV, the microwave, the coffee pot, the knives, forks... And left the spoons!

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We had our house broken into and they stole pretty much everything. It was what they didn't take that I found odd. They took the stereo, the TV, the microwave, the coffee pot, the knives, forks... And left the spoons!

I guess they don't eat much soup!


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@Fuddyduddy1952 '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?
So strange you had no friends. Your profile seems to be you're an interesting person!

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In this case it was more what wasn't taken. My sister has always been a very forgetful person and as teenagers she was really bad about leaving her purse places. One time she left it in a movie theater. It was maybe 15 minutes before she realized and we went back. Explained the situation and they pulled out their lost and found, the purse was there but upon checking the contents she discovered that the $10 cash she had was missing but the ohh...6 or so pocket knives she had were still in there lol
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post #8 of 46 Old 01-11-2020, 07:20 PM
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I forgot to add Captain Evil...that story, the pencils, leaving a rose...sounds like she liked you, wanted to be a friend! If you could go back in time, wouldn't you talk to her about it?

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post #9 of 46 Old 01-11-2020, 07:46 PM
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Heavy garden statues. They were covered in moss and hidden in the foliage in the garden behind my house. They took the dogs and left the cat LOL. Perhaps they weren't cat people! There were numerous reports of similar thefts from my area and surrounding villages. I think they caught them but i didn't get them back.
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post #10 of 46 Old 01-11-2020, 07:46 PM
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I didn[t have anything stolen but one year I boarded at a very nice place as I wanted to get a head start on the next show season.
They had a large tack, lunch room area and it was broken into.
The thieves made off with an old microwave, and an even older TV. the good thing was they left all the very valuable dressage saddles and other equipment. I guess they had no idea of their value or how to turn them over for cash.
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