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…is also the first place we’ve ever been robbed.
I always see purse snatchings on TV, but I never thought it would happen to me.
Find our more about my family’s Christmas Brentwood break-in below.
My husband has always reminded me NEVER to leave my purse in the car.
Not even when the car is locked.
I only wish I had listened.
We had made a late-night run to the Target on Old Hickory Blvd. In the confusion of unloading, getting my mom out of the car and carrying a sleeping child inside, I left my purse beneath the car seat and locked the door.
I woke at 4:45 am. When I came into the kitchen, I noticed a faint dinging from the driveway. My car door was ajar. I went outside to investigate.
You guessed it–my purse was gone.
I immediately called the 1-800 number to report my Visa debit card as stolen. It was 5:05 am. Only 30 minutes earlier, the thief charged $400 at the Walmart on Nolensville Rd.
Had I not woken so early, I might not have reported the card stolen before more damage was done. All told, they took my newly-loaded Tracfone, $50 in gift cards, $60 in cash and a checkbook.
The customer service representative at our credit union was very helpful. She:
- figured out which check numbers were left in my checkbook
- placed a verbal Stop Payment on those checks
- initiated the paperwork to get my money refunded from the stolen Visa check card
- explained how to report the burglary to the police
- gave me the fraud alert numbers for Experian, Transunion, and Equifax
After we completed the police report, I let my neighbors know what happened. Apparently, break-ins like this are not uncommon in Brentwood. Anyone remember the car burglaries at the Maryland Farms YMCA a couple of years ago?
I’ll keep you updated as I replace my driver’s license, worry about identity theft, and install some new home security measures. In the meantime, hold tight to those wallets!
Follow Up Articles:
Find out how I replaced my driver’s license at the quickest and easiest DMV in the Nashville area.
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I'm a wife, mom of 4, and resident of Brentwood, Tennessee. I love finding fun new things for my family to see and do in Brentwood and the Nashville area!