What It’s Like Having Your House Robbed

My father was a contractor/home builder in South West Florida for over 25 years. He made it big, and then more or less got sucked into the housing bubble, eventually losing his ass — and his home, that he once owned free and clear (at the peak of the bubble, appraised for $1.6 million fiat dollars).

I helped my family finally move out of the home they lost the other day. It was a difficult day to say the least for my family and I. Upon returning home, I walk in to see what you see in the picture above.

I was stunned when I saw it. About 1 second later it clicked that someone had broken into my home while I was away with one of my roommates. About 2 seconds after that I had the 9mm handgun I conceal carry drawn and ready to fire, knowing full well that the robbers could still be in the house, and were likely armed.

This was the second time in my life I had drawn my gun with the intention of firing it.

I saw a second roommates car in the driveway upon returning home. The house was silent. I called for my roommate, again, and again, and again. On scream number four I assumed he was injured, or dead.

Scream number five had a return call of “what’s up?” (his room is near the front door and he did not see the broken glass door upon returning home).

The roommate I had been out with then runs into the house.

I then proceeded to clear the house and make sure no one else was inside. This was pretty scary considering that I had a loaded shotgun sitting in my room before I left, and that it was dark out, and our house is setup more with party lights than stadium spot lights.

The three bedrooms were finally cleared, and the police called. The robbers ended up walking away with

  • My Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun ($300)
  • My roommates 9mm Glock hangun ($500)
  • A few digital cameras (~$200)
  • About $3 worth of change

They missed a few thousand fiat dollars I had, stupidly, left (hidden) in my room, left over from my boat sale. My laptop was with me when I left. I typically take it with me because of the slim possibility of something like a robbery happening. Admittedly, I had taken it with me for another reason that day, slipping out of the good habit of keeping my laptop with me at all times.

No more. I lost a laptop once to lightning, and have never taken a chance since, unplugging it as often as possible, and always keeping it connected to a good surge protector (as of today, by chance, a really, really good one).

Final Thoughts

1. I did not have my shotgun serial number written down, so it is going to be difficult getting it back (as if it wasnt hard enough already). Very real chance it has already been sold and is lost forever. Lesson learned.

2. My roommate did have his written down, so if they try to pawn his handgun, they are going to be arrested.

3. I am almost always home. Really. I never leave. This was the one day where I was gone for a significant period of time (which they could not have known by watching the house because I do not have a car to watch for in the driveway like the other roommates).

Had I been home, alone as I usually am, it is likely there would have been an armed confrontation. I say this because I find it highly improbable that these assholes didn’t come in packing, considering that they primarily stole guns from the house.

Had I been home when they broke in, my shotgun was kept within a few feet of my work desk, all day, loaded with law enforcement/low recoil grade buck shot (4) and a slug (1).

While this sounds bad ass, the reality is it would have been terrifying to blow holes through my house at intruders I couldn’t see. I could have very well been killed, or killed a few people.

I would have no problem carrying that task out against anyone who threatened my life, but there is a difference between pulling the trigger and living with that act after the fact, which I have zero experience in.

In short, had I been home, things would have gotten ugly, one way or another.

Selling my 9mm now, getting something bigger. Probably another shotgun for the time being.

— Anthony Dream Johnson

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at TheDreamLounge.net and Declarationism.com.

8 Responses to What It’s Like Having Your House Robbed

  1. Jeffrey Allen Yost April 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    CRAZY bro. If I encountered robbers and was armed, I’d probably just shoot em in the leg to stop em. I would feel bad killing someone. Good thing it didn’t come to this for you though. Glad everything’s okay.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson April 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Hmmm… yeah, I kinda doubt that. Real life is not a video game. When someone breaks into your home, anyone who values their life will be shooting to kill.

      • Jeffrey Allen Yost April 29, 2011 at 1:00 am #

        LIFE is more like a video game than you realize, bro. You’ll see what I mean in a couple years. (;

  2. MikeG April 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    agreed with dream on that one, when someone breaks into your home and you gotta gun your going for the kill 100%. I was under the impression that your living conditions were more decentralized, I dont know why i guess i thought you were connstantly travelling around?- tough brake brother.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson April 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      I was for a while. Stopped in January, sorta. Never bothered to blog about it. On the flip side, I am off to Europe for ~6 weeks in about a day and a half.

  3. Dan April 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Damn. What are you going to do differently now in terms of security?

  4. Hammer April 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Man, I was just thinking about this the other day when I was out in the suburbs for easter. Living in an apartment building with a doorman, it boggles my mind how insecure living in a house is. I told my sister that I would definitely have a handgun in my nightstand if I lived in the suburbs.

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