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(@dougtamjj)
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I love to say that after living here going on 4 years our little family has never been a victim of crime. I credit that with our training in our previous careers, life experiences and never engaging in risky behavior. Today I let my guard down for the first time since moving here. All the time feeling uneasy because I knew I was doing wrong.

We went to a secluded beach today. I took my purse which contained money, passports, credit cards and other valuables and we also parked our car where we could not see it if we were in the water. We didn't take our dog and we all got into the water together, something we don't do if we are alone without friends. We had friends coming who are federal agents so we relaxed our guard, left all our stuff on the beach and enjoyed ourselves. While we were in the water I noticed movement by our chairs. I thought it was a brown and white dog. My husband saw me watching and asked me what was wrong. I told him I thought a dog was rummaging through our stuff. He got out of the water to go and see and then I saw hubby running. I grabbed JJ out of the water and ran as well. What I thought was a brown and white dog was a brown man with a white turban wrapped around his head, no shirt, only shorts. Hubby chased him and he jumped into a car and took off. Hubby was going to give chase in our car but I asked him not to leave us. We were lucky. We scared the guy and he dropped all but my cell phone and didn't even find the money in a side pocket of my purse. Best of all he didn't shoot us. We decided not to let the day be ruined, our friends arrived shortly afterwards and we stayed and enjoyed the day. A cell phone can be replaced.

I have always felt safe here and I still do but I will not let my guard down again. We will find the guy as we have a little surprise for him. He probably won't be prosecuted however. That is sad. I am glad that all we lost was a cheap little cell phone. Be careful out there.

 
Posted : September 13, 2009 11:13 pm
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So sorry to hear that, dougtamjj...close call...I'm so glad to hear that you weren't harmed.

Ah...I can't seem to string 2 days together without hearing another story - even when I don't leave the house! It's bad...it's really bad...

 
Posted : September 13, 2009 11:52 pm
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I'm so sorry, Tam. Glad that's all that was taken & you weren't harmed.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 12:04 am
dntw8up
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Wow Tam -- I'm sorry to hear you were robbed, but glad the thief didn't put up a fight. I hope your surprise is that your stolen phone has GPS tracking! 🙂

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 12:05 am
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dntw8up, (tu)

Don't want to start another crime thread. Remember we have been here over 3 years with no problems.

Yes, we were lucky our robber was not violent.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 12:12 am
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Bummer Tam, I'm glad it turned out OK. We got in the habit of bringing nothing but the essentials. There used to be a team that worred Grape Tree beach and Smuggler's Cove. One one stop on the road above the beach and keep lookout and direct the other guy wiyh a cell phone. The other guy would either break in cars or houses or snatch stuff off the beach.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 12:22 am
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OMG! So glad it was not an armed person. Thumbs up on the GPS thing. I giggle at the thought.

keep us informed.

Marlene

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 1:38 am
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Tam:

What beach?

F.I.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 1:47 am
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I am sorry you got robbed. It is scary. I'm also interested which beach.
It is funny, we just had the BEST day at Buck Island. There were dolphins swimming and jumping around and they were really friendly and swam right up to people. (Not me, but I enjoyed them from the distance.) Anyway, St. Croix has both sides in such a major way.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 2:21 am
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Tam,
So sorry that happened, glad your husband didn't chase him, he could have been armed.
How is JJ in all this, Hope he is okay.
(tu) on the GPS, I think I will get one when I move there in October.

Glad your all okay.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 2:21 am
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A few years ago, 3 of my Peace Corps friends were on a minibus here in post-Soviet Georgia. At a rest stop, Michael noticed his cell phone was missing. Sarah and Nicole decided to dial Michael's number. It rang in the pocket of a boy who had gotten off the minibus. They grabbed him and got the phone back. Hope your story has a similarly positive ending, Tam.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 4:53 am
 trw
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sigh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 4:55 am
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dougtamjj i am glad no one was harmed and that the thief was scared away in time. forgive yourself, and know that your post is a good reminder to the rest of us too.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 4:58 am
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It is not a GPS on the phone. I meant to put a thumbs down on that. Hubby is downloading that app on his i phone however.

We got a good look at the guy who was parked at the top of the road when we arrived. He was driving a green jeep cherokee. We talked to people who live around there and they are keeping a look out.

The surprise we have for him is well a surprise. I let you all know if it works.

I don't know the name of the beach. If you are going along the east end road, it is right at the cut off going to cramer park. Looks like a driveway to your left. It's a nice beach with a great sandy spot for swimming and a good snorkeling spot to the right. Lots of exploring places for JJ and tons of hermit crabs.

Mydream, JJ was fine. He says when he grows up he is going to get bad guys and had great fun looking for stuff that was scattered all around from my purse.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 10:20 am
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Tam,
Good thing you are all safe, God Bless, hope you catch the bad guy!

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 10:29 am
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wow, sorry about the robbery, glad all you lost was the cell phone.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 11:32 am
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That's the beach we call Smuggler's Cove. Really good snorkeling down the far end near the old reventments. There is a shallow trench that is like an aquarium when its calm.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 12:00 pm
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yes smugglers cove. i have there alot also and never really worried. but i will from now on.

Tam so glad you were not hurt. but still it makes you feel violated doesn't it? its really bad when you can not even take your family to the beach for the day and have to worry about getting robbed.

Someone needs to invent a purse/beachbag that has an alarm on it. open the bag and either an alarm goes off or some dye shoots out.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 1:17 pm
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Since I have moved here over 4 years ago I never carry a purse. I may put a few dollars in my pocket but that's it. If I go into the water I carry one of those water proof things around my neck. Don't have a cell phone because most of time they don't work.
Not sure I understand why you are carrying around your passports. So glad he didn't get everything.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 1:23 pm
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Dixie, hubby is working on some stuff. I will tell all when it's done. Hopefully when he gets done "that beach" will be safe. Yes you do feel violated but I have been a victim of some really bad crime so I just feel lucky. Hubby is angry but is being productive about coming up with a solution.

Update: Hubby was able to activate some sort of GPS. It isn't great because it only activates every 15 minutes in the daytime and every 30 minutes at night and the phone has to be on. He hasn't made any phone calls but he has received quite a few from us and family. He finally turned the phone off. lol.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 1:27 pm
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Margaritagirl, I was just stupid. I had not unpacked my big purse that doubles as a beach bag from traveling back home from the states.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 1:30 pm
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Tam what an amazing and terrible tale! I, too, am glad you are all safe and, it sounds like, doing ok. Take care.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 3:08 pm
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Tam, I am very sorry to hear about your ordeal, but glad that no physical harm came to you and your family. I know that the psychic harm of such an incident can be pretty bad too sometimes, so I will keep you all in my thoughts.

Re purse alarms mentioned above, there are such things. I have one for my laptop. It is a cord and lock that I use to tie it down when I'm working in private rooms at libraries and want to get up for materials, etc. It buzzes loudly if you get within 6 to 8 inches of it. I bought it in a bundle of stuff from Dell a few years ago when I got the computer; there must be others like it. I also have a small portable motion sensor that I got from Home Depot in Toronto that works in a similar fashion--these must be available elsewhere, too.

Best,

Islandlola
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Posted : September 14, 2009 3:26 pm
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I would definitely notify your phone carrier and put your account on hold. My friend lost his phone at a bar and in 2 days they had racked up over $1,200 in games, ringtones, and phone calls abroad.

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 3:28 pm
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lol.....tam for you to call that guy, turn bad he turned it off.. could be like that movie.....i know where you are....i see what you're doing. scare the s....t out of him. let him think you are watching him at that moment. you think he threw it away or tried to use it?

 
Posted : September 14, 2009 5:56 pm
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