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Evilcartman
02-27-2006, 11:14 PM
Angela came home tonight to find our front door had been kicked in. They stole all her Jewelry and a firebox with all of our credit cards. They have charged nearly $4,000 on them today. Now we want to buy two things.

We want a alarm for the house. The house is pre wired, so it should be easy.

We want a steel cage for the front door.

Any suggestions on vendors or businesses to get either one from?

97CasperCobra
02-27-2006, 11:23 PM
damn man...very sorry to hear that!!! :(

not sure on the alarm systems, but i'm sure they can point you in the right direction with the door. Thankfully no one was in the house when they robbed it. Were there any witnesses from your neighbors???

wwcobra1
02-28-2006, 12:29 AM
sorry to hear about the robbery. As for the steel door. My father has a company that manufactures any kind of burglary bars, and doors. If you want to call me my nuber is 832-279-5011.My name is Carlos .I should be able to get you a price for the door.:thumbsup:

John Chingasos
02-28-2006, 01:06 AM
That totally suxs ass

My father n law just had his house ransacked a week ago. They have ADT now.

97CasperCobra
02-28-2006, 01:13 AM
My father n law just had his house ransacked a week ago. They have ADT now.

ADT is a good company. That's whose systems are at the pool I work at over the summer. Never had a problem with them. :thumbsup:

Firme
02-28-2006, 07:46 AM
:eek: WTF.. that is horrible Keith and Angela. I am so sorry to hear that :( .

All the houses here are using ADT, and we use Smith-Southern at work :dunno:

Any leads from the cops??? Any evidence?

SuperG
02-28-2006, 07:53 AM
Before ADT, my German Shepherd took care of everything. After she was gone, we installed an alarm from ADT. We were never happy with the service, but I really have nothing to compare it to.

If the alarm went off, that tied up the phone lines, so ADT can't call the house. They would try our cell phone and work phone, but if they could not get in touch with us, they would notify police (sometimes), which typically was a long time in passing. Of course, that's a rare occassion, because if I tripped the alarm, I would turn it off, freeing up the phone line, then getting a call from ADT checking up on us...And that's where the problems began...If I tripped the alarm, 7 times out of 10 we did NOT get a call.

Or returning home and discovering the alarm had gone off, a message was left with my answering service (since the phone line was tied-up, it automatically switched over) by ADT saying they got an alarm and would like us to contact them. No visit from the police...So if I were home and the alarm went off due to a bad guy breaking in, then perhaps my neighbors would find my dead body after a few days...

That's my experience and I simply think we were unlucky. If you are REALLY concerned for your safety, a dog, even a little dog, is the way to go, because they are aware of what's going on outside typically before something bad happens. And a big dog, like our shepherd, simply scares people away.

BTW, the ADT sign is still in my front yard and the alarm panel is in clear view from the front door...

cobrapace94
02-28-2006, 08:03 AM
Sorry to hear about the break in Keith, that really suxs. It is a bad feeling coming home to a house that has been broken into.
Not sure if a alarm system would have helped. The alarm will go off, that might or might not scare them off. Once they break in, they will have a good 5 minutes, if not longer before the police arrive. I've heard alarms in my neighborhood & don't think nothing of it. Theives will get in if they want in, one way or the other.
Good luck.

bluethunder
02-28-2006, 08:59 AM
we have ADT and for the past 7 years have not had a problem.
Sorry to hear about this Keith.

03 cobra toy
02-28-2006, 09:24 AM
:mad: That sucks...

Twice Bitten
02-28-2006, 10:14 AM
we have ADT and for the past 7 years have not had a problem.
Sorry to hear about this Keith.

You also have DOGS!

Sorry to here about your loss. Get a really big ass gun safe and bolt it to the slab. Keep your valuables in it and it will be safe. Not many people can move 1000lbs by themselves.

msmap
02-28-2006, 12:36 PM
Sorry to hear this :( At least you guys were not home and no one was hurt. You will not be responsible for any amount of money on your credit cards, either.

We have metal doors and frames that are supposed to be kick in proof. Luckily they haven't been tested. Also double dead bolts so you need a key to get in or out in case someone gets in thru a window.

After my alarm got blown out the second time by lightning, I went with Time Warner. They re-installed all the key pads and glass breaks very cheap and if you have cable TV, they charge $14 a month to monitor. Any alarm company you go with will install the euipment. They are all manufactured by the same people, each alarm company puts their name on them.

Sherriff gets here very quick as they are always around the hood patrolling. If you have them patrolling your hood, you can ask for extra drive bys.

Andy M
02-28-2006, 02:46 PM
Angela came home tonight to find our front door had been kicked in. They stole all her Jewelry and a firebox with all of our credit cards. They have charged nearly $4,000 on them today. Now we want to buy two things.

We want a alarm for the house. The house is pre wired, so it should be easy.

We want a steel cage for the front door.

Any suggestions on vendors or businesses to get either one from?Keith, that sucks man!! Damned thieves in this city. Is it just me that is getting sick and tired of all the increased violence in Houston!! :mad:

My truck was broken into 3 times in a matter of 3 months!!!!!

My advice, get a dog, even a small one. They make LOADS of noise!! Our dog goes ballistic when she hears even a peep which is out of the ordinary. I also have installed heavy duty dead bolts with extra long screws which go way into the door jams.

Keep us posted on this man....

Bartman01
02-28-2006, 03:06 PM
I would look at ADT or Time Warner (yes they do alarms now too).

Jesse99
02-28-2006, 03:57 PM
OMG that suxs. I hope they catch that theft..

jimmysidecarr
02-28-2006, 04:01 PM
That is totally sucking!!

If allergies do not prevent it... I vote DOG also!

I've got a 75 pound female Golden retreiver inside and a Blue healer mutt(pound dog) in the yard(during the day only... at night she's inside with us)...

Many breeds of dogs are safe with young children... females are usually best...

They don't have to be big dogs though as long as it makes a ruckus...... many times they will move on to a quieter "mark".


My dogs are gentle and friendly as can be..... If we are home!

Heaven help the dumb a$$ who breaks in when no one is home though...
They won't even bother though... once the dog alarm goes off... NOBODY IS GOING TO WANT TO GO IN!!!

Evilcartman
02-28-2006, 05:09 PM
I have a 75lb husky that eats meter men, he just stays outside. They didn't go in the backyard. I will not keep him locked up in a house all day and a doggy door big enough for him, is big enough for a human, Posum, cat..... I already ordered a ADT alarm that is being installed tomorrow. I have a door guy coming tonight to install a new door. The home owner Natzi's do not approve of the steel cage on the front.

Levi
02-28-2006, 05:13 PM
Sorry to hear this :mad: , hope they catch the jerks.....Like me I have nothing of value, so the punks have nothing to gain by ripping me off. :cool:

sbc.cobra
02-28-2006, 05:15 PM
I have a 75lb husky that eats meter men, he just stays outside. They didn't go in the backyard. I will not keep him locked up in a house all day and a doggy door big enough for him, is big enough for a human, Posum, cat..... I already ordered a ADT alarm that is being installed tomorrow. I have a door guy coming tonight to install a new door. The home owner Natzi's do not approve of the steel cage on the front.

tell the HOA to kiss your A$$!!!! or go kick in their door and ask them if they like it. they didn't have their house broken into. just put the door up and tell them to shove it in their a$$. they can't do anything but send you letters. and if you ever sell the house, just take the door down so they can't say anything.

or tell the HOA if they don't like it, they can high security guards to patrol your neighborhood.

msmap
02-28-2006, 05:33 PM
I will not keep him locked up in a house all day and a doggy door big enough for him, is big enough for a human, Posum, cat.....

They make doggie doors that are operated open or closed by a control that the dog wears on his neck when he gets within so many inches.

97CasperCobra
02-28-2006, 05:51 PM
I have nothing of value, so the punks have nothing to gain by ripping me off. :cool:

except the MM-mobile in the garage :cool:

93KingCobra
02-28-2006, 06:50 PM
Man that totally sucks man I hate to hear about sh-it like this :mad: :mad:

sssvtcobra
03-01-2006, 12:34 PM
Man that totally sucks a$$!!! I agree with sbc.cobra, just put the damn door up. They can't kick you out, since you own the house and the land. Now if it had anything to do with city property (streets, sidewalks, etc.) they can contact the city and they can fine you, but that's it.

You can also try getting votes from people in the neigborhood, by going around and talking to them and letting them know what happened. If you get more yes votes than no, then go back to the board and show them the votes you got. Instead of just letting the board of directors decide.

Hope all works out for ya, Good luck.

Andy M
03-01-2006, 12:41 PM
I agree on the Homeowner's Association issue, HOWEVER, be very careful Keith. These organizations have much more power than you think unfortunately. Read your HOA by-laws very carefully to ensure you do not compromise yourself.

Evilcartman
03-01-2006, 01:17 PM
My father inlaw has already contacted his lawyer. I don't want to install a gate then have issues. I want to do it right and fight it first.

Firme
03-01-2006, 02:51 PM
I agree on the Homeowner's Association issue, HOWEVER, be very careful Keith. These organizations have much more power than you think unfortunately. Read your HOA by-laws very carefully to ensure you do not compromise yourself.

after a few stern warnings my HOA can fine you to death, till you comply, or it goes to collections and so on, and even attempt to seize property under certain conditions.

sbc.cobra
03-01-2006, 08:35 PM
piss on your HOA...it's your house, you aren't doing anything drastic like a pink roof or anything. it's a security measure that is necessary for YOU b/c your front door GOT KICKED IN!!! it's not like you are putting bars on the windows or anything. it's a iron gate, which many houses have on them. it looks nice. if they can find a legitimate reason to for you not to put it on, tell them to contact your lawyer. if they don't like it, they can take it up w/ him.

Evilcartman
03-01-2006, 08:41 PM
I would rather get the lawyer first. I know our old neighbors didn't pay the dues and they almost took the house from them.

Sonic Blue
03-02-2006, 08:05 AM
Whether you agree with the HOA rules or not , when you purchase a home with an HOA you agree to abide by the rules. So I think you are doing the right thing by checking with an attnorney to make sure what ever you do is cool. Also If you have Brinks sercurity in your area I would consider them, I have benn using their service for over 11 years and it has been great.

sbc.cobra
03-02-2006, 08:57 AM
well then the HOA needs to hire a security company to patrol the neighborhood if they are not going to let him protect his home w/ certain sercurity measures...we're not talking about placing gun turrets or land mines in his yard...we're talking about a decorative (yet functional) iron gate...the same as if you were placing a screen door or glass door in the front.

Arch Angel
03-02-2006, 11:49 AM
well then the HOA needs to hire a security company to patrol the neighborhood if they are not going to let him protect his home w/ certain sercurity measures...we're not talking about placing gun turrets or land mines in his yard...we're talking about a decorative (yet functional) iron gate...the same as if you were placing a screen door or glass door in the front.Listen here 1st SGT., don't be giving the boy bogus info. Do not underestimate the power of the Force (of the HOA). Unless Keith has already retained the services of an attorney on this matter, telling the HOA that they can take it up with his attorney is futile. BTW, how's EZ Company? (Been watching Band of Brothers & you remind me of the 1st SGT. :D

Keith, I got you e-mail & sorry to hear about what happened to you & Angela. Don't listen to the 1st SGT. about rebelling against the HOA, but he is on to something about the land mine part. I'll be home in about six months & I'll help you set these up (the HOA will never know).

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Bartman01
03-02-2006, 01:43 PM
piss on your HOA...it's your house, you aren't doing anything drastic like a pink roof or anything. it's a security measure that is necessary for YOU b/c your front door GOT KICKED IN!!! it's not like you are putting bars on the windows or anything. it's a iron gate, which many houses have on them. it looks nice. if they can find a legitimate reason to for you not to put it on, tell them to contact your lawyer. if they don't like it, they can take it up w/ him.

VERY BAD ADVICE! HOA's can and will fine you for not complying with the deed restrictions. If you don't pay the fines, they have two options:

1) They can take your home. They are one of the only entities that can do this in Texas.

2) They can put a lien on your home. While you can not garnish wages in Texas, you can get liens placed on the home. These have to be paid before you can complete the sale of your home.

If you don't like the HOA or its rules the only two options are to move or to get actively involved and work to change them.

sbc.cobra
03-02-2006, 02:41 PM
VERY BAD ADVICE! HOA's can and will fine you for not complying with the deed restrictions. If you don't pay the fines, they have two options:

1) They can take your home. They are one of the only entities that can do this in Texas.

2) They can put a lien on your home. While you can not garnish wages in Texas, you can get liens placed on the home. These have to be paid before you can complete the sale of your home.

If you don't like the HOA or its rules the only two options are to move or to get actively involved and work to change them.

i've owned a house and i understand what a HOA can do to you, but i doubt very seriously they WILL do it. how do you explain my buddy who has received over 30 letters and threats from the Fairfield HOA and nothing has happened? HOA's blow a lot of hot air and everyone knows it...they'll b!tch at you for not putting up your trash can, not keeping your yard nice, etc.

our old preacher replaced his front door in Fairfield and the HOA sent him a letter...4 years later nothing still has happened and he has the same door...they sent him letters for about 4 months and then stopped. the door is nothing more than a different color (it's a darker wood than what was put on the house).

i understand they can place a lien on your home...no problem...when and if you want to sell the house, remove the iron gate...problem solved.

as long as you are paying your bills and not doing anything drastic (i.e. pink roof, neon signs in the front yard, etc), they will just continue to send letters. he has a legitimate reason to put up an iron gate. it's not an "eye sore". it's not offending anyone.

again, keith it's your house, do what you want. if it was my house, i'd put it up and tell the HOA to kiss my a$$. they didn't get their front door kicked in during the middle of the day.

i have never heard of an HOA fining anyone for anything (i lived in a house for 4 years and all i heard was people getting letters and occasionally a phone call). they are powerful, but RARELY flex their muscles to that extent.

my parents old house in Huntsville was located in Elkins Lake (nice neighborhood w/ VERY STRICT rules) on the 3rd lake. everyone on the 3rd lake had a dock that went out into the water and they used to fish from (about 10 houses at the time of ours being built)...well my dad followed all of the proper procedures and presented his design to the HOA...they promptly denied him...the dock was nothing more than 8x8' in size...very small. he asked why everyone else got to build one. they told him b/c they didn't ask so he told all of them to kiss his a$$ at the meeting and he left. next week, me, him, and 2 other buddies installed a huge deck in the back yard and a dock. during the building process, the HOA visited us in the afternoon. they walked into the backyard and asked my dad what he was doing. he said "what the hell does it look like...i'm building a dock." we actually owned 15 ft into the lake and he told them that it was his property and he could do what he wanted. they left and never said another word.

sbc.cobra
03-02-2006, 02:49 PM
Listen here 1st SGT., don't be giving the boy bogus info....snip snip

look here Cobra Commander...i'm not giving him bogus advice...just telling him what i'd do in that situation!

nice picture...we need more of your "tour across texas". :thumbsup:

Firme
03-02-2006, 03:20 PM
I guess different area's HOA's are different. I know in First Colony where I used to live, and in Sienna, where I live now, they will fine you. There were plenty of folks who got HOA letters for simple things like tree limbs hanging down below x amount of feet, and the HOA would start fining them, then turn them over to collections if they did not pay. My parents neighbor had a $1000 HOA fine for his fence "bowing" and a few other minor things. The fence wasn't that bad, just an old fence.

But, regardless, lets wait and see what Keith's lawyer says before we beat this subject to death and people get all steamed up. :thumbsup:

John Chingasos
03-02-2006, 03:32 PM
I think you shoud dig a 12 foot moat around your house filled with aligators and Sharks with laser beams on their head. That would be sweet.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


I am just playing and Edmund suxs

LATE!

cobrapace94
03-02-2006, 03:50 PM
it's not an "eye sore". it's not offending anyone.

That's an opinion & I'm sure the HOA would be different then the general public. Just like police officers who think our exhausts are too loud.


they are powerful, but RARELY flex their muscles to that extent.

Yes this is true, but you never know when they will flex their muscle.

My HOA does not fine people, but they have put leins on people who have not paid their dues & for blantanly not follow the rules & disreguaded notices, painted the house a weird color. I'll bet Keiths neighborhood is patroled by a Constable or Sherrif that the HOA hired to patrol the neighborhood, mine does, but you rairly see them patroling. This is done to say it is reasonably safe so they do not get sued.
All HOA are not the same.

Evilcartman
03-02-2006, 04:16 PM
I don't think we have security potrol yet. Not enough houses to justify it.

I plan to wait and see if a threat letter works. I can understand them not wanting people putting up huge cages making them look like a prison, but I basically just want a metal locking storm door painted the same color as the front door. All the houses up north have them. My front door is even recesses under the roof line about 6 feet. But if they give me the OK, then they have to OK the guy that wants a oversized rod iron cage and window bars. I can understand their point, but I feel like I need to do something more.

Twice Bitten
03-02-2006, 05:18 PM
If you do not think that do not flex their muscles, you have not paid much attention to the news in Texas the past 2 or 3 years. Tell that to the 80 year old lady who lives in the neighborhood next to ours (Champions proper), she had her house sold by the HOA, for 5 or 6 thousand dollars at the public auction. House was valued at over 135K :mad:

msmap
03-02-2006, 05:37 PM
If you do not think that do not flex their muscles, you have not paid much attention to the news in Texas the past 2 or 3 years. Tell that to the 80 year old lady who lives in the neighborhood next to ours (Champions proper), she had her house sold by the HOA, for 5 or 6 thousand dollars at the public auction. House was valued at over 135K :mad:

I was just going to mention that. She wound up homeless. She went to court over it and lost :(

sbc.cobra
03-02-2006, 06:01 PM
yes, but why did they take it from her? did she fail to pay a bunch of fines?

i'm not saying they won't do anything, but he has a legitimate reason for putting one up...do you agree?

and if they won't let him, he needs to find out what THEY (the HOA) are going to do to help prevent further crime in the neighborhood...if they say nothing, i would hire a lawyer and sue their a$$ for something along the lines of negligence. start threatning them w/ bad publicity and going to the newspaper/news station and see how they respond then.

again, i still stand by original statement...tell them to kiss your a$$ and put it up anyway. :thumbsup:

Arch Angel
03-03-2006, 12:47 AM
What the HELL is going on in Houston????

I just got this e-mail today from another friend of mine:

I apologize for not being able to write for about a month now. Work load is awful (we are hiring, wish you were here) ......I dont have my laptop anymore and have been driving into the Woodlands every day until this week.
In early Feb, my house was burglarized. I was wiped out of all my jewelry, laptop, digital camera, generator etc... I have not slept at the house since and have left 30 day notice.Me, Keith & 1st SGT, might have to pull a Charles Bronson & clean up this town!!!

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Evilcartman
03-03-2006, 09:30 AM
What the HELL is going on in Houston????

I just got this e-mail today from another friend of mine:

Me, Keith & 1st SGT, might have to pull a Charles Bronson & clean up this town!!!

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You left and now Anarchy is setting in. Come back to protect and keep these Katrina Perps in line. Todd also had his laptop stolen.

Bartman01
03-03-2006, 11:35 AM
What the HELL is going on in Houston????

We've had an 'odd' spike in crime since our 'guests' from the east came to visit. We got the bad with the good.

Bartman01
03-03-2006, 11:58 AM
how do you explain my buddy who has received over 30 letters and threats from the Fairfield HOA and nothing has happened? HOA's blow a lot of hot air and everyone knows it...

Easy - many homeowners associations are full of reasonable people that just want a nice neighborhood. Also, many don't properly enforce their deed restrictions (like your father's example), and have no ground to stand on - you can't penalize one person for putting up a dock while ignoring all the others, and they knew that trying to come down on the bulk of the neighborhood would cause an uprising. As to your buddy, nothing has happened YET (or maybe it has - has he checked to see if his home has liens against it yet)? His HOA has the power to take his home to pay the fines if and when they choose to do so. Doesn't mean it WILL happen, but it could.

The fact is that plenty of HOAs are staffed by power hungry busy bodies with nothing better to do than drive around the neighborhood looking for a hammer that was accidentally left out. If he has one of these (or one that has hired a law firm to enforce the deed restrictions), they can make his life miserable.

I was just going to mention that. She wound up homeless. She went to court over it and lost :(

Fortunately she DID get it back eventually in an out of court settlement, but this is a prime example of why you don't just ignore your HOA. She had overdue fees/fines due to the HOA, and she wrote them a check. When they received the check (for $800) the fines had grown to $814 so they refused the check and took her home. She made the mistake of assuming they would be reasonable, but they took her home over $814 (or really $14 if you consider the check).

EDIT: Correction: the HOA used a law firm, and with the legal fees the debt had grown to ~4000. As to why the fees were unpaid her lawyer said "Blevins may have failed to pay the bills because she battled pneumonia part of the time. Blevins said she ignored subsequent debt notices, which were addressed to her late husband, because she thought they were junk mail."

Arch Angel
03-03-2006, 01:59 PM
We've had an 'odd' spike in crime since our 'guests' from the east came to visit. We got the bad with the good.WOW, are you serious? I thought Keith was kidding when he said "Katrina Perps."

That's pretty messed up. We need to show them that this is not N.O. :chairshot

Evilcartman
03-03-2006, 03:48 PM
WOW, are you serious? I thought Keith was kidding when he said "Katrina Perps."

That's pretty messed up. We need to show them that this is not N.O. :chairshot


I have seen that the crime rate has gone up 25% since the storm. Of course, there is a lot of good people that live there, but the worst have stayed to cause problems. I guess we are the true victims of Katrina.

Andy M
03-03-2006, 10:11 PM
We've had an 'odd' spike in crime since our 'guests' from the east came to visit. We got the bad with the good.While I for one agree that it is more than just coincidence that our crime rate has skyrocketed since the Katrina fiasco, I think we should be careful to NOT just blindly lay blame for EVERY crime event on the folks from NOLA. Let's face it, we have to accept that we had a certain level of crime before we opened our hearts and our city to the refugees.

I had the privelege of getting to know some VERY law abiding, hard working folks which lost their home during the levee breach in NO. Our friends (who live in Copperfield) took them and another 3 families in and myself, and several of my friends "adopted" them. We gathered up groceries, toiletries, and cooked meals for them. We became very close for obvious reasons. My point to all of this is let's not just label ALL Katrina victims as lawless vermin. Let's remember that many of them were simply just victims of where they lived. It is just a shame that those law abiding folks are paying the price for the ones which are not so law abiding. As for them, I say we put 'em all in a cell and let 'em rot!! :mad:

Bartman01
03-04-2006, 12:07 AM
I think we should be careful to NOT just blindly lay blame for EVERY crime event on the folks from NOLA.

Wasn't my intention. I've got family in the greater NO area, one who lost their home to the levee breaches and another who plays baseball for Tulane and had to re-locate with the rest of the team. Like I said, we got the bad with the good.

Evilcartman
03-04-2006, 01:13 AM
Wasn't my intention. I've got family in the greater NO area, one who lost their home to the levee breaches and another who plays baseball for Tulane and had to re-locate with the rest of the team. Like I said, we got the bad with the good.


I agree, we had family here during the storm. Most of the good people have already left or found jobs here and got back on there feet. It is the ones that were on government aid before the storm that are still leeching off of us. I believe in helping people when they are down, but I also believe that should only be temporary. I have no clue who broke in my house, so I can't blame anyone yet. I just know that if our crime rate went up 25% since the storm, and on a ratio of natives/guests, that is a huge increase. Of course, some of these people have nothing to loose since they lost it all.

Evilcartman
03-04-2006, 01:22 AM
Check out what I just sent to the BARS officer.

"After looking at a few things I noticed some things I found interesting. From the information I have, they started at 5:05 pm at Sears Hardware. It is at 9425 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77065 and their number is (281) 894-4704 store 5195. A friend of mine use to work there and said they rotate security tapes once a week. This happened on Monday, so hopefully the tapes/recordings will still be there when you contact them.



They then went on to get gas at 5:25 at Racetrac/Raceway (281) 807-7070 9010 Jones Rd Houston, TX 77065 (not the 910 Jones that was in the original email). They tried with the first attempt on the Amazon card, but it didn't work, so they used the BOA card.



I'm guessing that they went to the BOA at Village Green and Jones, 6:21 pm, and got money out on the Amazon Visa. Then they went to the ATM at 17438 Hwy 290 and it didn't work, that was at 6:34 pm.



Almost an hour later, they were at 7419 Irvington Blvd trying to use a ATM on the other side of 45 north.



Then looking at the events the next day, on the 28th, it looks like they tried to get money from an ATM, then tried to get gas, and then tried again at a ATM at 105 South 146 in Baytown. All within an hour. I'm just wondering if it is the same people, or if they handed off the cards during the night to someone else. I was thinking also, that since they were so far out on this side of town that they could have been traveling through Houston and needed money.



Either way, I hope this helps and you don't mind me looking into it. I really want to help do anything I can to catch these people and recover anything posible."







My other question is, what if they try to get a DL or state ID with my SS card and birth cert? What can I do to help protect myself from that? What about in other states besides Texas since it looks posible that they were headed out of the state?



Thanks,
Keith



First email sent today



Here is the information that we have at this time concerning the charges on our credit cards from the burglary in our home on Monday, February 27, 2006. I realize that the information isnít complete, but that is all I can get from the customer service numbers as of today. I will continue to call and will update you with any new information I can attain.



SEARS Account

2/27/06 5:05pm $139.41 (Tools)

2/27/06 5:12pm $154.39 (Tools)

Charges made at same Sears store - possibly store #1377 or #5195. The customer service line was unable to tell at this time which store, but we do have a Sears Hardware within a few miles of us at the intersection of Jones Rd and West Rd. Several attempts with the other cards were made on Jones Road and that would probably be the best bet for the Sears store they went to.


AMAZON VISA


approved cash advances

2/27/06

6:21pm $351.50 financial institute store#2321

6:24pm $301.50 financial institute

6:26pm $301.50 financial institute

6:27pm $301.50 financial institute

6:28pm $301.50 financial institute



declined cash advances

2/27/06

6:28pm $301.50 financial institute

6:34pm $600.00 financial institute 17438 Hwy 290

7:21pm $201.50 financial institute 7419 Irvington Blvd.



2/28/06

7:28am $ 0.00 financial institute

7:34am $ 1.00 auto fuel

7:41am $201.75 financial institute 105 South 146

7:48am $ 1.00 auto fuel



additional attempts were made at the following locations:

Bank of America in Houston

Racetrack Ė 910 Jones Rd.

Citgo Store #1707

Port Shamrock Gas



BANK OF AMERICA VISA

5:25pm $ 19.67 Raceway #6769

Arch Angel
03-05-2006, 10:46 AM
look here Cobra Commander...we need more of your "tour across texas". :thumbsup:Here you go 1st SGT:

These guys are Afghani Special Forces Commandos. Some of them used to be Northern Alliance Fighters who fought the Taliban. Butchering is nothing new to them, we just trained them to be more efficient. For less than a price of coffee a day, you too can have a death squad guarding your house. :D

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Evilcartman
03-08-2006, 11:23 AM
Well, just when we thought things were going to get back to normally, something else happened. Angela is at home for spring break this week. Monday I left a little after 6 am to go to work. At 6:50 am, someone rang the door bell twice. Angela went to answer it and turned on some lights. The person took off. Ok, I donít think kids are playing pranks that early and if someone wanted to talk to us, they would have waited until the door was answered. I believe that either the same people were coming back to get what they didnít get last time, or they told someone about a house that had such and such in it with no alarm.

They are brave though, because we have an alarm and ADT stickers on the door. Since monday I have installed multiple cameras recording to different devices, Barry made me some video surveillance stickers, extra ADT badges and some beware of dog stickers. Carlos has hooked me up with his father to make a security gate like the ones at home depot.

Iím just surprised someone would be brave enough to come back only one week later, but I canít think of what else it would have been. We of course notified the police and they promised to increase their patrols in the area, but short of sitting on my porch, I donít know if that is enough of a deterrent. I now have a live video feed that is web based, so I can check the house from work, but that is only so good.

Firme
03-08-2006, 11:38 AM
Thats freaky Keith.

Last week... the same thing happened to us twice. Annie was at home and someone rang the doorbell. My dog goes balistic when someone rings the doorbell, and by the time she made it to the door, they had gotten in their car and drove off. :doubt:

Arch Angel
03-08-2006, 12:02 PM
Well, just when we thought things were going to get back to normally, something else happened. Angela is at home for spring break this week. Monday I left a little after 6 am to go to work. At 6:50 am, someone rang the door bell twice. Angela went to answer it and turned on some lights. The person took off. Ok, I donít think kids are playing pranks that early and if someone wanted to talk to us, they would have waited until the door was answered. I believe that either the same people were coming back to get what they didnít get last time, or they told someone about a house that had such and such in it with no alarm.

They are brave though, because we have an alarm and ADT stickers on the door. Since monday I have installed multiple cameras recording to different devices, Barry made me some video surveillance stickers, extra ADT badges and some beware of dog stickers. Carlos has hooked me up with his father to make a security gate like the ones at home depot.

Iím just surprised someone would be brave enough to come back only one week later, but I canít think of what else it would have been. We of course notified the police and they promised to increase their patrols in the area, but short of sitting on my porch, I donít know if that is enough of a deterrent. I now have a live video feed that is web based, so I can check the house from work, but that is only so good.It may sound crazy. but if those were the guys that broke into your house before, then they are experienced robbers. Most people fall into the "Lightening never strikes twice at the same place" mentality & would not expect to be robbed again.. so soon. If that is the case then we (in the area) have something to be concerned about. They are apparently making your neighborhood one of their targets.

How comfortable does Angela feel about a handgun, or even better a 12 GA shoutgun? If I were you, I would help her explore that option further.

sbc.cobra
03-08-2006, 06:30 PM
It may sound crazy. but if those were the guys that broke into your house before, then they are experienced robbers. Most people fall into the "Lightening never strikes twice at the same place" mentality & would not expect to be robbed again.. so soon. If that is the case then we (in the area) have something to be concerned about. They are apparently making your neighborhood one of their targets.

How comfortable does Angela feel about a handgun, or even better a 12 GA shoutgun? If I were you, I would help her explore that option further.

i agree...something simple like a .50 cal sniper rifle or a nice hand cannon.

Mrs TwiceBitten
03-08-2006, 06:41 PM
Keith...I'm hoping you have already done this but be sure to have BOTH of your credit reports "fraud flagged" for identity theft. If you call one of the big three (Experian, for instance) they will alert the other two for you. This means any time someone pulls your credit report for any reason a fraud alert comes up and you are contacted. Hopefully will prevent anyone from opening anything using your stolen information.

Evilcartman
03-10-2006, 08:26 AM
On Monday, right after the last time, Angela was sitting on the bed with the shotgun loaded. She also has a .380 handgun.

We already cancelled all credit cards, banking accounts and so on. We have red flags on all credit related items. Discover offers a credit reporting service for only $13 a month for both of us. We signed up for it also. We will be watching our credit for identity theft in case something comes up. They have all of our IDís except what is in our wallets, and that is the worst part of it all.

We fought the HOA and they approved of a door home depot sells (and to start police patrols). It is a unique security door. The problem is it takes 3 weeks to get them in. I found a guy locally that will make a door that looks like the catalog picture. He will come out Sunday, take measurements and install it on Tuesday or Wednesday.