This isn't a done deal, since I'm waiting to hear back from the owner of the bear in question, but I may have just found someone's stolen bear, and facilitated the thief's being brought to justice.
So here's the story....awhile back I was surfing ebay , and took notice of an auction for a particularly rare 80's era teddy. I passed on it since the fur was pretty badly distressed, but remembered it well because it is a bear I'm looking for.
Yesterday I was on Craigslist, and ran across an ad offering a reward for a teddy that was stolen. Sure enough it was the same very rare bear in the same condition. I went back to the auction and indeed the seller's location is only one city over from the victim's.
According to the craigslist ad, the victim's ex-roommate stole the bear when the victim evicted her....the bear was her childhood teddy, and had been passed down to her young daughter.
I contacted her and gave her the auction link, I'll hold off posting the related web pages, since I don't want any risk of tipping off the theif that she's about to get busted, but once I have confirmation that the bear is back where he belongs I'll post all the screen caps I took.
My cubs are all smiling at me right now, I think there may be some good kharma in this for me, no?
I won't post the links at this point since it turns out the bear I found was NOT the stolen bear.....the owner knew this right away since although the two were in identical condition, hers was missing it's leather neck tag and the one for sale still had one. (the bear in question was a Dakin Elegante "pajama bag" polar bear). It was all a million to one coincidence.
However I'm still happy that she purchased the bear I found as a replacement for the stolen bear (at a cost of over $100 I might add) so something good came of it.
@LitWit...do keep up!....okay, not a perfect ending. But she did get a facsimile. better than nothing...and worth the $$$ spent considering.
the moral here? guard what truly means most to you with your life. I keep my bears locked up behind double deadbolts, a padlocked garage, an active HD security system, a nitrogen-blow fire suppression system......paranoid? YES! but also what has privileged me with being the only home on my bock NOT burglarized since I moved in 15 years ago. (life in America)
Paranoia has it's priveleges .