At some point we took a short break and I checked my tablet and found a Facebook message from CK that my phone had been found! My first thought, “you have to be kidding me” I phone call later I found out that the individual who stole my phone sold it to a young man late last night for $20 ($20? Seriously? I again question the intelligence of the SDTC) At any rate this young man tried to use “his” new phone only to realize that it wouldn’t work. It’s funny how that happens with the service has been suspended. At some point he gave the phone to his mom who looked at it and in reading the messages on the phone figured out pretty quickly that the phone was stolen.
What happened from there restores a little bit of my faith in people. She tried to reply to the text messages that we had sent last night, but because of the service being off was unable to do so. She then looked at my call log and seeing 104 missed calls from CK, she called that number from her cell and proceeded to tell CK how she came to have my phone. She provided us with her first name and her cell number. CK gave me that info and I called the lady. She was extremely nice and was willing to do whatever was necessary to get me my phone back. I let her know that I had filed a police report and therefor needed to notify them that we had located the phone, she had no issues with this, she believed her son “needed to learn to lesson”
I called the number the officer had left me with yesterday and spoke to a very nice officer, he seemed to struggle a little to understand the situation. He seemed to fully understand that my phone had been stolen, it would seem stolen goods are a common occurrence at that particular YMCA. What he couldn’t get his head around was the fact someone called to return it He informed me that this “never happens” and he needed to call his supervisor to find out what to do.
The officer called me back a short time later at the karate school. After answering the phone and identifying the business with our standard greeting, he chuckled and asked why I was at a karate school. I informed him that we had an event going on the day. He proceeded to ask me a handful of questions, more for curiosity than anything else,
Officer: “so you take karate?”
Me: yes sir, I do
Officer: “how long have you done that?”
Me: 23 years
Officer: “Wow! So I’m guessing you’re a black belt?”
Me: Yes, sir. I am a 5th degree
Officer: “Wow! I think I’m really glad you didn’t catch whoever did this!”
Me: Not as glad as they should be!
He said they had spoken to the woman who called us and the plan was for her to deliver my phone to the police station. That way there was no interaction directly between us. She would drop it off; I would pick it up later. Perfect! A short time later I received another call from CK, the woman had decided for some reason not to deliver my phone to the police department, but to return it to the YMCA. I don’t know the reasoning behind this, she had already spoken to the police and they had her information, but I really didn’t care.
After testing was over I ran up to the Y and found my phone in an envelope behind the main desk. While it was completely dead and missing it’s otter box, it was finally back where it belonged. Once it had a charge and I restored service, I found that whoever had it restored it to factory defaults; basically they deleted everything on it! While this is an inconvenience, it’s not the end of the world as everything backs up to “the cloud” it’ll just take a while to get everything back the way I like it.
On to my next adventure…vegan grocery shopping with MK…LOL!!