What a Day...
It's been a very crazy day and as I think all that has transpired I am dealing with a lot of racing thoughts & feelings.
If you did not see my status updates earlier today my purse got stolen. Here's a run down of what happened.
As I entered the Mid-Cities Antique Mall and made my way to my original Starlite Vintiqs booth to clean up some loose ends from the move I made the day before to my new more prominent space in the mall, I saw a full-figured Dark-skinned African American woman. Little did I know that this woman would do something to define this day for me. As I approached her I looked directly in her eyes and said "Hello, how are you doing today", she said, "Good thank you." She had a kind smile and I went on with the tasks at hand.
Hope, My Personal Assistant, was with me to help me organize & reset my old booth space. I started to pick up some of the remaining fixtures. Then turned my back and went to go get something when I came back I noticed that my purse was gone!
I have had a booth in this mall for almost 2 years and have had my purse in a cart on numerous occasions like I did today walked around the corner with no problems before. I had intended to bring my purse to the register like I typically do, but got distracted with all the stuff I had to do when I arrived.
then I immediately went to the front to tell the store manager then we all started looking throughout the mall to see if some one moved it. But it was no where to be found.
Thankfully the mall has security cameras everywhere so be backed up the video and it captured the culprit on camera at 1:34-1:36 as she put my purse in their bag then made a B-Line for the Door. This is her pictured below:
Then I remembered my iPhone had the Find My Phone App turned on and pulled it up as I called the police to report the crime. I let the 911 Officer know wher the phone was pinging at down the street a few miles away. The 911 officers started they would send an officer to me...
The events after that kinda all run in slow motion for me. I then called the gas station where the suspect was pinging on my phone to see if the bought has there. Then a police officer Moralez entered the gas station to look for the suspect and the manager told them they were talking to me and handed me the phone to them. I told that officer where it was pinging and they told me to call them to their cell if they moved locations. The phone stayed there the entire time. Then Officer T Brown came into the mall to take may statement & watch the surveillance video as well as see where the phone was located. Then Officer Milchew came in to see if it was the same person that matched the description of the suspect and it was not.
Then officer Milchew asked if I was "the one who was violated" and I confirmed. He then said he would go back over there to see if my purse was in the area. And would let me know if they found it.
I just started praying. I prayed for conviction coming to then and I pray that Jesus would encounter them in a real & powerful way. I wanted to wait to see, hoping that they would find my purse in the trash before making any calls.
So after about 20 minutes I called my husband to let him know what happened then started calling my bank & credit cards. Then as I was on the phone with Wells Fargo, Officer Milchew was walking in and asked me to enter my data on his phone so he could located more accurately with an Apple a Product. Then he left again.
Then maybe 30 min later office Milchew came walking in again with my phone in his hand!
I was so elated! He said they found my phone. One less thing to worry about. But he said he found my phone in the trash but didn't find my purse. I was still grateful but sad no luck with my purse. So by this point it was about 3pm and I then called Capital One & then Discover to report the theft. Then my Wells Fargo Business Account.
By the time I was finished with the calls she made purchases at
Shell, Walmart, Walgreens, Starbucks @ spent about $150 with my business account & credit cards. Thankfully my credit cards are almost maxed out so there wasn't hardly any credit for them to buy stuff. But the inconvenience and the whole ordeal has taught me a lot about how depraved some people are that they have the audacity to steal from someone else.
To this woman who violated me by stealing from my purse: if you didn't have money for groceries and needed food i would have helped you if you asked. I may have even gone to the grocery store with you to buy the essentials, if you needed gas I would have pumped it for you and paid, if you would have just asked. If you wanted to go to Starbucks for a treat I would have taken you just would have taken a moment. My purse didn't have much but it was mine not yours to take. You used my credit cards to pay for items you wanted, but they weren't yours to take. Regardless of all that you have taken from me... I forgive you. I Pray for you.
You may have stolen my money, my time, my energy & my purse but you will not anything more from me. you will not steal my peace & hope that I have in Jesus. I Know that whatever you have stolen from me My God whom I Serve says in his word that what ever was stolen from me he will not only give me 100 fold of what you stole from me but he will also bring about justice on my behalf. What that looks like isn't for me to decide but I pray that the Lord will use this event today to bring about his Glory in both of our lives. because as he said in his word what ever the enemy meant for evil He will turn it around for his glory. And he is faithful to complete what he has promised in his word.
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