Yesterday or last night we were burgled. I'm not entirely sure when it was, because they only went into the shed (stole our Lawnmower and a can of petrol). They left the side gate open, which is how we knew something had happened - because the dogs were in the front yard this morning.
I feel amazingly calm about it. Mostly because the lawnmower was 4 and a half years old, and was always too big for our current garden anyway (we bought it for our house in Scotland which had a much larger space to mow). And I really hope they use the petrol in a car or motorbike, because it's stoked full of two-stroke oil for the winter, so they'll get a really crap run from it in a car.
I do feel a little bit dumb about it . We bought new side gates months ago but I just never got around to putting them up. I guess now I have a really good reason to do it
We think it may be related to a guy who came around to "check us out" a few weeks ago. He was posing as a gas meter reading man. Wanted to come through the house to get to the meter, but my wife insisted he go around the side. Two weeks later the guy from British Gas came around, and was surprised about our earlier visitor, and so we put two and two together.
I'm fairly sure this would have happened yesterday during the day. With the dogs in the kitchen (kept in by a dog gate) all they would have done is bark a lot. Nobody would have really noticed much. If it was last night I'd be surprised the dogs wouldn't have awoken by the noise.
Makes me want to leave this place even more.