What an Easter!
Drove home from Southampton to N Ireland on Thursday - getting back here early Friday. Brought the car with me as very excited to be towing the RIB back with me to its new home on the South Coast on my return next weekend.
Yesterday morning was woken to the sound of my wife screaming, ran down stairs to find our back door had been opened - my car keys taken and my car gone. Also taken were both my and my wives iphones, an ipad, my wallet, her handbag and a north face coat - all the stuff you leave lying on the kitchen units as you head to bed!
Neighbors were woken at 0330 by someone in their back yard, and called the police reporting 4 'youths' in a Grey BMW estate leaving the area. The police didn't tie it to a stolen car until I called them at 0645!
On subsequent police investigation it appears they may have been at three properties in the area.
As planning on doing some work to the rib prior to towing her back over, i had in the boot of the car a couple of bags of purchases from Marine Superstore in Port Solent last week!!! And KRU lifejackets..... fishing tackle/rods/reels etc - basically 5-600 pounds worth of gear in the boot....... That's not to mention the new front disc and pads last week in anticipation of the long tow and the £83 quids worth of diesel filled into her tank a few hours before she was nicked!
So now in addition to trying to move house/family across the pond etc - i need to make alternative plans for getting the boat over as well as dealing with house insurance and car insurance companies, trying to get a new phone, replacement motor when see what insurers want to do etc - nightmare!
Unfortunately with the proximity of here to the Irish border, the police think car gone across - if they don't get within first 4-6 hours either abandoned, smashed or burned they fear its gone....... either for breaking, export or more sinister to be used for further crime.
Was a cracker tow car too........ not happy