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February 20, 2015

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The second I realised I’d left my diamond engagement ring at home while the painting contractor was painting the exterior of the house I knew that I should go back and put it on my finger.

I didn’t however, and when I got home on that 40C day the lad who’d been painting my house for 3 weeks met me at the gate complaining of a migraine and he needed to split. I was hot, the kids were bothered, so I bid him adieu and off he trotted… it took me an hour to realise that although my wedding bands that sat either side of the ring were still on the kitchen counter, the sparkling ring with the pretty stones was gone.

I called his boss immediately and he gave me his number but I knew I was playing a risky game accusing someone of being a diamond thief.
So I didn’t.

I simply called him and told him I’d misplaced it and asked if he had seen it. He swore on his children’s eyes that he didn’t know what I was talking about.

The police fobbed me off saying I had no proof, and maybe my toddler ate the ring. The didn’t dust for prints because although he was painting outside, he may have come inside to use the bathroom and I had left a door open. I called my insurance company because as priceless as it was in sentimentality it was also expensive, the kind of expensive that I couldn’t imagine myself being able to replace.

The good news was I got straight through without sitting on hold. The bad news was when I moved house I forgot to notify the insurance company so I didn’t receive the letter telling me I needed to renew.

If I’d been with Youi home and contents insurance, this wouldn’t have happened because they renew automatically with no added paperwork, but that wasn’t my only problem…

Because the guy had been invited into my house it was unlikely that any insurance company in Australia would have covered the loss.

I was on my own.

I called the kid and I told him that after hanging out with him and seeing him chat to my kids over the last few weeks I could tell he wasn’t a bad guy. I told him that good guys sometimes make bad decisions and then feel trapped about doing the right thing because they might get into trouble.
He still denied it, but I could hear him waver.

I told him if it turned up in my letter box I wouldn’t question where it came from. We could just go back about our lives and forget it.
He denied it still.

Later that evening after calling him 5000 times like a stalker, he called me, and gave me a new mobile number to call him. He broke down finally with some cockamamie story that the mother of his children was leaving the country and he thought if he gave her a ring she would stay.

After a lot of cloak and dagger communique and an incredibly risky situation involving the thief, myself and a police sting, I FINALLY got my ring back.

Had I had my home and contents insurance up to date I would have been less inclined to risk my safety for that of a ring. I see now that I put myself in danger and although I had a happy result, it could have gone the other way.

The moral to the story is be careful of your precious belongings, not everyone is honest, and be sure not to let your insurance lapse because you might need it when you least expect it.

Have you anything precious stolen? Did you get it back?

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Ana February 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I’ve experienced a similar situation regarding insurance being lost in a move, and was freaked out when I realised our car had in fact had no insurance whatsoever for the previous year due to moving house and not receiving the renewal.

    On another note my husband is a painter, and sadly he has seen a lot of shady stuff like that happen. He actually left one employer because the guy thought it was okay to have a browse through someone’s home to see if there was anything worth stealing that wouldn’t be missed. It gives all tradies a bad name as well as being despicable. Glad it ended well for you.

    • Reply Danielle February 22, 2015 at 7:28 am

      How bad is that? Some people are just shady. It’s a real shame as tradies are in a position of trust. On a big job like a bathroom reno, they can be in your house for weeks and you can’t watch them the whole time. I know any tradies I’ve told this story to have been absolutely horrified.

  • Reply raphaela February 20, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I think you were very brave! I like the idea of insurance being automatically renewed. xxx

    • Reply Danielle February 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I know, right?

  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling February 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, what an ordeal! I’m glad to hear you got your ring back, but man what a breach of trust. You’ve made me think twice about leaving my rings at home when I’m not. And yes, I totally agree – an insurance company that automatically renews is a brilliant idea.

  • Reply Julie @ Off to the park February 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are so lucky for him to fess up and give you back your ring! 19 years ago my Husband & I were renting a house which got robbed. We couldn’t get insurance as the landlord wouldn’t put locks on the windows, and us being young & naive, didn’t think twice about leaving and finding another place. I wish we had. We lost so many things of sentiment, one of which was my manual Ricoh camera which contained photos of my husband’s 21st birthday. It was a horrible time. Now we have our own home we have insurance, a house alarm and locks on the windows!!

    • Reply Danielle February 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Oh no, that’s so crappy! Things can be replaced, but special photos are a bummer. Nice to see you’re all over security now!

  • Reply Fashionista February 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    A couple of years ago a bunch of scumbags broke into our house and stole every single piece of jewelry I had except my wedding bands (that were on my finger). None of it was worth particularly much retail so it was close to worthless on the black market. My engagement ring was a modest diamond but I loved it because Darling Husband had chosen it and proposed with it. They also stole laptops, old mobile phones, cameras and five bottles of whiskey and two bottles of gin. And my daughters dancing bag to carry it all in. I wished alcohol poisoning upon them.

    Several months after the event we heard via the school grapevine that some arrests had been made, it was an across town gang systematically doing over the suburb. But we have never saw the return of any of our stuff.

    • Reply Danielle February 24, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Not the gin???!!! That’s insult to injury! It’s such an invasion, I’m sorry to hear that happened to you. Hope the guys they caught were them and some justice prevailed if not stuff back.

  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel February 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I have to admit – and I’m touching an enormous amount of wood right now – I’ve never had anything significant stolen. Sounds like you dealt with it like a boss though. As I get older I am starting to realise I am not bullet proof, though, and I’m starting to assess my insurance more thoroughly.

    • Reply Danielle February 24, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Do you have life insurance? I keep thinking I should get onto that next, but all of the medical, house, car and everything insurance adds up to so much per month. Quite the conundrum.

  • Reply Kim-Marie, Chief Dreamer at Kimba Likes February 24, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Such an amazing story and such amazing timing for me. My insurance renewal just arrived and I’m going to get a Youi quote.

  • Reply Kim-Marie, Chief Dreamer at Kimba Likes February 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

    The Welshman got his flat broken into a few months after he moved to Sydney all those years ago. We went to the movies, he dropped me home and he got home to discover he’d been broken into. Apparently there was a gang of teenage druggies “doing Cremorne”.

    He’d just chucked $50 in the pocket of his jeans (ironically so he didn’t drop his wallet at the movies) so they nicked his wallet containing everything, plus his passport, his UK driving license, all his credit cards, his briefcase etc. Really hard to reorganise all that from overseas without ID!

    The little buggers were clearly a bit drug affected when they broke in. They left his very expensive DSLR, but took a jar of foreign coins (worthless), picked through his CDs (took not a one – poor old man), and instead of taking one of his backpacks to carry their loot in, they took one of his matching duvet pillowcases. Because nothing looks more natural and honest than a pack of teenagers roaming the streets carrying a pillowcase over their shoulders.

    He replaced his toothbrush stat too. Just in case!

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