We went to the Ballona Marsh today to take some more bird pictures. Within minutes of us parking and walking about 100 yards the car alarm went off. Some B*ST**D broke in to my Explorer and stole my purse.
I spent the rest of the day on the phone talking to foreigners who I can't seem to understand, visiting banks and making a report at the police station.
The front passenger door was unlocked and my purse that I had put on the floor in the back seat was gone. The car was locked 3 minutes prior to that.
What was in my wallet besides my credit cards? We came home directly from the marsh which took all of 10 minutes. In that time they had made charges with all three of my credit cards at the two gas stations between there and here. Two $125 charges per card. We couldn't figure out how they could get that much gas, but someone told us that they probably bought cigarettes which they could sell.
After calling the charge card companies we did the police report and then on to Wells Fargo because they had my check cashing card. The B*ST**DS went to a Circle K and made two more $125 charges with my bank card! For me to use it at the bank I have to have a PIN number. I didn't know that it could be used at gas stations with only knowing my zipcode which they guessed as Marina del Rey only has one. That's when I realized that I had two other bank cards in my wallet. I thought that they were only bank cards. Nope, ATMs. Terrific.
They also got my cellphone. I called Sprint and they made it useless and were happy to tell me that I had theft on it. I just had to go to the website and fill in the information. They're also thieves! Yeah they'll give me a new identical phone for a deductible of $100. Hell! I can buy a new improved phone for less.
A little while ago we learned how to erase and reprogram my garage door opener. I had a keychain opener in my purse. Tomorrow I'll be paying for a new drivers license.
I think my social security number was on my Blue Cross card so I had to call the credit reporting companies. My bank gave me that nice hint.
I have no idea what it will cost to repair the Explorer door and lock, but inside my purse was my car key which has a computer chip in it.
That's $100 and another $125 to program it. Double that for the door remote.
Give me some ideas of what else I could have had in my wallet. There were things in there that I haven't used in years. I don't remember what they were!
Now I have to figure out what automatic checking account deductions I had.
I'm not happy.
I carried a screwdriver of my father's that he always carried. I had business cards that probably won't be replaced.
My life is in shambles.