“Who Dunnit”?

Tulip herself arrived unscathed.  I had a scare in the port office when she couldn’t be found at first.  There are cameras in the office that can search all the lots but Tulip was in a spot where the cameras couldn’t reach.  However, some low-life scumbag thieves got inside and stole many things.  The Oxygenics showerhead and even the wall attachment, most of Steve’s clothes, bicycle rack, step ladder, battery tester,  voltage meter, picnic table, chairs, Corelle set of dishes,  soup spoons but not the unmatched 9th spoon or teaspoons and knives that were all part of the set,  the salad forks, about 1/4 of the pantry contents, blanket,  pillows, all the clothes hangers, the one good expensive kitchen knife we had,  and more.   I had left just one white embroidered sweater hanging in the closet that at the last minute decided not to take in my bag.  That was gone.
I believe we can exclude the Jacksonville port because what is curious is there are many 110 volt appliances in the RV and not a single one was taken.
And would thieves living on a ship need a  bicycle rack that can only be attached to a ladder, a GPS holder,  or a  Corning Ware baking dishing?  Whoever it was took everything out of the pantry and chose exactly what they wanted.  All the tea, cereal, oatmeal, nuts, salmon, but not the liquor for Margaritas.  Plus, all the cabinets were unlatched.  Our kitchen and bathroom cabinet tend to open when driving and spill all the contents on the floor.  So I don’t think the cabinets were unlatched while at sea.
As of last night I decided it was someone at the port.  But, there seemed to be a feminine touch to some of the items missing.  A pink soap dish instead of the yellow one, the red blanket instead of a new cream down comforter, and a garlic mincer and my garlic.  What dock worker steals a garlic mincer and takes instant diet raspberry tea?  Maybe there are some female dock workers that I didn’t see.
But there is one more suspect.  Parked next to us was an old US school bus sloppily painted grey and black.  The type of foods taken point to someone that is health conscious.  And the big clue:  Steve’s leather sandals that he has been wearing since I met him 17 years ago were taken.  Only an ex-hippy or a present day wannabe hippy would want them. 
Whoever it was methodically went through the RV and cherry picked exactly what they wanted or needed. 
And how did they get in when we had the front partitioned off from the back?  The Jacksonville port official refused to hold the coach keys in the event customs needed to get inside.  But he said if we didn’t leave keys in the cab and customs did need to look inside, they would break the door.  So I had to make a snap decision and tell him where the keys would be and they were found.  When we got to Tulip, the coach keys were sitting on the passenger seat.
And one of the many other awful things about yesterday was the taxi ended up being 70 EU ($105). 
We stayed last night and (and will again tonight) in a small RV parking area on a canal so that I can try and recuperate from a respiratory ailment that is one to remember.  Good thing the thieves didn’t take our supply of tissues because I’ve gone through a whole box all ready.  Those creeps also took a huge 8 roll package of Bounty paper towels. 


3 comments

  1. Oh that is terrible to hear. I think you're absolutely right that it was probably a female thief. So outrageous. Evelyn, if there's anything here from the States that you need purchased and shipped, I'll be happy to help out, just email me what you need help finding. So sorry that your sick too. Sure hope all this bad luck will now be behind you and you can start enjoying your trip again. Ugh.

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  2. Thank you Lynne for your very generous offer. We are hoping to find what is just absolutely necessary over here. Steve had saved the old shower head and we are using it as a hand held. Friends in Bremen are giving us dishes etc. And thank you both for your kind words.

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