On Friday someone broke into my Grandma's house and robbed her. My loving 89 year old grandmother who lost her husband just 6 months ago. She always runs her errands on Friday, so she was out doing that and someone broke into her house. They bypassed all of her electronics and whatnot and went straight to her bedroom. They overturned her bedcovers, dumped out her dresser drawers and emptied her entire jewelry collection and took it all.
A lot of it was costume jewelry that wasn't even worth anything. But the rest of it was 70 years worth of her marriage to my grandfather. Every piece of jewelry he had ever given her is now gone. She already had it desginated which piece each of us girls were going to get after she passed and of all the things we could get in a will, having a necklace or ring or something that was a gift from my grandpa to my grandma, like something that represented how much they adored and loved each other, that would have been the best inheritance ever. But now, just 6 months after she lost him, she lost all the jewelry he ever gave her. Except for her wedding ring and her 50th anniversary ring, which she thankfully was wearing.
We are so, so glad she wasn't home when it happened, but she is shaken up so bad and so upset and feels so violated. She is washing all of her bedsheets and clothes and anything she thinks they may have touched. These strangers in her house, touching her things.
But it gets worse.
On Saturday my sister took Grandma to a cookout. When they got back, my sister walked Grandma to her door only to find all of the house doors standing open. The thieves had come back. This time, unlike the day before when the car wasn't in the driveway, they came into the house with Grandma's car there - meaning they either have been casing the house and knew she was gone or they thought she was home and just didn't care. Oddly though, they didn't take anything the second time. The police say it is possible that my sister pulled in while they were in the house and they had to bolt without taking anything. Also, my uncle lives right down the street, within view of the house, so maybe he came home and they knew he'd be able to see them carrying things out of the house. But the other thing is that they didn't hit all of the houses on the street and there hasn't been any major burglaries in the area, so this is someone that targeted Grandma specifically, someone that knows that an elderly woman lives there alone. Someone that knew to go right for her jewelry box in her room. This is someone we know.
Grandma is a wreck. The police came out both times and the second time they brought a K9 dog to pick up the scent. The scent didn't lead them anywhere but the dog did check out the barns and coops on the property and the cops determined that at least no one is squatting in one of the out buildings. Grandma spent that night at my uncle's house but she is back home now and we are scurrying to get her a security system. What kind of person would do this to an elderly lady? It has shaken Grandma up so much that I worry about her health now. She is in remarkable shape for a woman of 89 years, using a cane, but still driving and running all her errands and stuff. But this is the kind of thing that can cause a downward spiral for anyone, let alone someone her age.
I am so upset and angry and just...my grandfather dies, my mom's dog gets mauled, my dad's dog dies, my grandma gets robbed...and that's only the big stuff. It seems like a string of bad luck has hit our family this year and I want to know who I have to sacrifice a goat to for it to stop. If you pray or think good thoughts or wishes towards others, please direct some my Grandma's way this week, as we hope to keep her safe and that whoever it is does not come back a third time. And you all be safe too!