Yesterday I went over to our (still-being-rebuilt) apartment. Not having any room in our tiny hotel room, on Wednesday I’d taken all the Boomershoot stuff and stored it in our (locked) garage, to be loaded into the rental SUV for the trip up to Idaho on Monday (tomorrow).
On Friday night, the garage was burgled and all the guns and related stuff stolen.
Rifle #1: CZ 557 Varmint (.308 Win)
Scope #1: Vortex Viper HS-T
Rifle #2: CZ 550 American (6.5x55mm)
Scope #2: Meopta Optika6 Illuminated (4.5-30x50mm)
Revolver: Ruger Single Six (.22LR/.22Mag)
Also, a double-rifle hard case and two range bags.
And, of course, about a thousand rounds of .308 and 6.5x55mm ammo, all helpfully loaded into ammo cans, and a few dozen rounds of .45, .22 and 9mm (in the range bags). Amazingly, a pair of expensive Steiner binoculars were tossed aside (!).
Total value of the stolen goods: just under $6,000.
All our brand new replacement furniture, and electronics (TV, computer etc.) and all my tools (!) were untouched. They were after the guns. (Thank gawd I’d already moved all my other guns over to Doc Russia’s place, or else I’d be in even more trouble.)
According to the Plano PD (yeah, I have a case # and everything), there were no fingerprints left, which points to a pro job. There is a pretty substantial group of suspects — this was not a case of a couple guys walking past and deciding that this looked like a likely place to burgle — but I’ll leave that to the cops to figure out. They have the list.
What this means:
1.) I’ve had to cancel Boomershoot this year — no point in going, no guns to shoot, no ammo, nada. I’ve already canceled the rental SUV and hotel accommodation. So we’re all clear on this: I am spitting angry, but most of all I am embarrassed because many of you kind folks sent me money, not only for the drawing but to help with the costs of associated purchases for the trip — several items of which have already been bought. Aaargh. Nevertheless, if you are one of those people who specified that the money was for expenses, email me and I will refund you your money. (Almost all the paper records I have were being kept — where else? in one of the missing range bags — so I have no clue what the total amount is; but I’ll trust in your honesty.)
2.) When the insurance company reimburses me for the guns (less my $500 co-pay of course), I’ll replace the CZ 557 and scope, and hold the lottery for that rig then. I don’t know how long it will take for them to do this, most likely a few months. Please be patient with me while I speak to the insurance company over the next few days.
3.) I have no idea whether the guns will ever be recovered.