Braidwood burglary victim wants to alert others
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com September 18, 2013 4:20PM
The Braidwood home of Colleen Spangenberg was looted sometime between Sept. 11 and 16. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:39AM
BRAIDWOOD — A lot of the things that burglars took from Colleen Spangenberg’s house last week wouldn’t fit in a car.
A tool chest, a large air compressor, a hot water heater and a refrigerator aren’t easy to fit in a passenger vehicle, even if the back window is broken out — which was the case with Spangenberg’s car in the garage after thieves were done with it.
“To move that much would take some planning, but none of the neighbors saw any trucks,” the Michigan Street resident said.
Between Sept. 11 and 16, boxes were ransacked and storage bins split open throughout the garage and house that Spangenberg has owned for nearly 15 years.
“Anything that had value, they took it,” she said.
Spangenberg had been staying with relatives near Naperville until a neighbor noticed the garage door was up Monday morning and sent a text message.
An hour later, Spangenberg was in her driveway trying to recall everything that was missing for the police report.
Spangenberg said her house is insured, but not the possessions inside, and she doesn’t think it’s worthwhile to put in an auto insurance claim for the broken window and ripped-out stereo.
It’s the loss of irreplaceable mementos that hurts more than the expensive items.
“They took the old cash register from my great-grandfather’s family business — a small-engine repair shop in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s,” she said. “It was the only thing I had from it (because) it meant so much to my dad.”
Spangenberg said she was unaware of any other recent crime in the neighborhood.
“I just want to inform everyone of what happened,” she said. “Somebody was watching my house and as soon as they had the opportunity they smashed and grabbed with a lot of force.”