Thieves In The Night in Melbourne, Australia

If I seem a bit off my game for the next week, it’s because I am dealing with a very stressful situation right now. We’ve been burgled.

Sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, someone broke into our garage and stole 2 of the 4 bikes in there — the most expensive ones — the customised Specialized road bike and mountain bike that Mark is out and about on several days each week. Not only that, they got all of the peripheral gear like the heart rate monitors, the bike repair kit, the brand new high-vis lights, the brand new pannier frame that only was installed this past week, and in Mark’s cycling bag was a digital camera which was also stolen. To add insult to injury, they left their ratty old bikes outside our garage as they rode away on Mark’s lovely bikes.


Mark and one of his STOLEN Specialized bikes

Mark and one of his STOLEN Specialized bikes


We are feeling quite gutted. The police came out from the St. Kilda Police Station to take fingerprints and they were lovely to deal with both in person and on the phone. But the likelihood of ever seeing these items again is quite slim.

Now I have to troll backward through YEARS of online receipts and paper receipts and pictures to find enough evidence to PROVE to the insurance company that we actually owned all of this. So my entire week may be getting eaten up with this ridiculous nonsense. It’s hard to feel happy about returning to Australia when we have to go through things like this and it came out of both of our mouths yesterday. We forgot to lock our car doors in Moyon or St. Martin de Brehal or St. Girons quite a few times when we were living in France for several years. Nothing ever got touched. But we return to Australia and within weeks back here we are burgled???

More soon-ish…

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6 thoughts on “Thieves In The Night in Melbourne, Australia

  1. carol heilbronner

    How awful! A terrible experience and a big loss. Hope dealing with insurance people goes smoothly.
    Hugs, Carol

  2. Chris

    My sympathies! I know how much Mark’s bikes mean to him. I also remember how unsettled being burglarized leaves you feeling.

  3. Deborah Harmes Post author

    It is unsettling, Chris. I hope they have NO JOY whatsoever from riding them — but we already know what nasty types they are because they’ve done such a thing. I’m just maintaining a focus on finding enough documentation for the insurance company and then getting back to my own work. Thanks for the sympathy though — it all helps when we are so stressed.

  4. Deborah Harmes Post author

    We hope so too, Barbara! We try to live such careful lives, are kind and ethical to others, and I think this simply has to fall into the ‘shit happens’ category. As to the other things like the fire in 2 different houses in France, we actually kept the owners’ property from burning down due to dodgy wiring in an appliance and an incorrectly installed woodstove simply because we WERE there housesitting — so that wasn’t a bad thing in the end even if it was traumatic for us. Here’s to better things in the year ahead!

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