Thursday, September 29, 2005

C ollect and D istribute

I know eventually I'll have to write about the upcoming Colorado election and its so-called ballot issues know as referenda C and D. My problem is that I remember the results of similar votes over the last 34 years. Every time the Denver or Colorado voters are given a chance to hurt themselves by voting to increase their taxes in exchange for more "services" (or the threat of decreased "services"), we fall for the ads and vote against our own interests. Like letting 62,000 of us who voted for it create the monster that will be the new, world-class Denver Justice Center (Jail). This behemoth will provide us with problems for the next 5 years, and its already started with the land-swap to allow a 35-story building next to Larimer Square. Prediction: If it is actually built, the Final Tab on the Justice Center will top ONE BILLION DOLLARS! Since we gave them a blank check, this won't be a problem (for them). So I say, Go Ahead Colorado, vote yes on C and D and give them another blank check for THREE BILLION + (their estimate). Don't complain when you can't pay your heating bill (cost of natural gas is already set to double from last year) or fill up your tank on that $4.00 unleaded. Just start walking to keep warm!

Fencing on eBay

As noted below, the Denver Police had a "showing" of all of the recovered loot from the Prolific Burglar. None of my stuff was there. In talking with a couple of the cops there I learned that much of what he had stolen in the previous 3-4 years had been sold on eBay, probably including my laptop, camcorders, and jewelry. that's were all of that stuff on eBay comes from. Maybe next time I'll look there first.

Friday, September 9, 2005

Stolen Items Available for Viewing

If you were burglarized anytime during the past few years at your home or office in Capitol Hill, you may want to visit the downtown police headquarters to see if any of your stolen items show up. Apparently this so-called "prolific burglar" had the strange habit of keeping most of the laptops and digital cameras he stole. The story of how he was caught, a second time, by the son of the detective who caught him the first time, is quite interesting. Apparently, the son wrote a paper on the burglar, who was a locksmith, after his father caught him the first time, in 1992. I'm not sure why it took 4 years of burglaries before he was caught the second time, but at least he was finally caught. One of the signs of this burglar was that there was no "breaking" in his "entering". He picked the locks. This finally answers the question I couldn't figure out after I was burglarized - how he was able to get in to my house through a door I knew I had locked. I was only gone for 1 1/2 hours and he cleaned me out. Very proficient, but finally caught trying to sell the guns he had stolen. Good luck getting your stuff back. Items Taken In Capitol Hill Burglaries Available For Public Viewing CITY WIDE -Denver Police investigators will make available for public viewing hundreds of items taken from homes in the Capitol Hill area by burglar Jeffrey Trott (D.O.B. 8-26-53). The viewing will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at Denver Police Headquarters, located at 1331 Cherokee Street, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Jeffrey Trott is believed to be responsible for nearly 400 burglaries over a 3-4 year period. The items will be made available for the media prior to the public viewing on Friday, September 9, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Denver Police Auditorium.