Anyway, R. decided to bring his 14 year old grandson with him to help carry cut pieces of trim up and down the stairs and just generally have him along. The kid is very quiet and shy. They worked on the trim Thursday most of the day.
Yesterday morning, I went up to the former master bedroom upstairs because the phone had been off the hook on Thursday when I called. It was odd because it rang twice and then sounded as if someone had knocked the phone over. From then on I couldn't get anything but a busy signal. When my wife got home, she found the phone off the hook and lying on the bed in the upstairs bedroom.
The cat was with me and she was crying and ran into the passageway to the adjoining bathroom and closet area. I looked and both doors to the closet were open which is odd. When I switched on the light, the safe door was open and there were boxes of jewelry on the floor, some spilled over. I called for my wife who came up and inventoried everything only to find that my mother's wedding ring, and three other rings that she inherited were missing. The safe door had been shut but the dial not spun because my wife didn't want to look up the combination all the time.
I knew that R. and his grandson were the only two people in the house yesterday. I called R. and told him what happened. He said that he was surprised but that his grandson couldn't have done that. However, he called the grandson and talked to him. The grandson denied it. So I called the police. Two officers came over, R. and the grandson and the step father of the kid came over. The police took statements and got fingerprints off the safe.
R. said that the kid cried when confronted. He also tried to convince me that someone came down a mile long dirt road, sneaked in the house while they were hammering and sawing, went upstairs, took the phone off the hook and then opened the safe and took the rings. I may be a believer but I didn't believe that cock and bull for a second.
What bothers me the most is now I feel as if I can't trust this man. I think that R. is covering for the kid. The kid seemed absolutely flat emotionally. He had four chances with the police to confess, with us saying that we wouldn't press charges if the rings are returned. My wife and I just want our property back--we don't want revenge. The kid never budged, never was indignant, just flat in affect. I think that he did it, and that R. is covering for his grandson, probably telling him to not say anything. Just a gut feeling that I have.
Anyway, the police have turned this over to a detective since the value of all the rings was around $25+ thousand. It's a felony. The fingerprints are being analyzed. My wife and I are trying to be positive and hoping that the property is returned. I have my doubts. The hardest thing for me is that I feel the loss of trust. But I'm going to do my best to keep Christmas in my heart. It's literally a moment to moment thing right now.