Homeless couple devastated by garage break-in

A homeless couple say they now have "absolutely nothing" after thieves stole all their valuables from a rented council garage.

Mahood Ahmad and his wife Naeema-Jamal were shocked to find their belongings had disappeared from the garage in Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, which belongs to Hertsmere Borough Council.

The couple have been living in the Ibis Hotel, in Elstree Way, Borehamwood, since they became homeless on January 10, and rented the garage because they had nowhere else to keep their belongings.

Thieves ransacked the garage in the early hours of Saturday March 18, and stole a number of valuble belongings including jewellery, watches and silver dinnerware.

Mr Ahmad, 64, said: “I’m upset and angry. We have absolutely nothing. Our whole lives were in that garage and now it is all gone.”

Mr Ahmad also said there was oil on the floor of the garage and the thieves used the couple's stored clothes to clean their feet.

He said: “My wife was so upset and she was in tears. We have lost everything and we can’t even dress ourselves.”

Mrs Ahmad said: “I’m absolutely devastated when I saw it. I don’t how someone could do this.

“It’s not just the money value of items, but what they mean to us.”

Mr Ahmad believes there was not enough security around the garages and it made them an easy target for thieves.

The couple are also worried their identity will be stolen, as sensitive documentation was also taken in the theft.

Mr Ahmad said: “We just don’t know what to do now. We just hope we will find somewhere to live so we can sort through our belongings.”

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2:58pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Maverosi says...

Sorry but what has this got to do with Hertsmere ?
Why is it even mentioned and why didn't this family store such "valuable items " in a secure storage facility .
Smells a bit fishy to me
Sorry but what has this got to do with Hertsmere ? Why is it even mentioned and why didn't this family store such "valuable items " in a secure storage facility . Smells a bit fishy to me Maverosi

3:38pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Maverosi says...

Where has the bit gone about they were made homeless after a mistake in who owned the house .
Were they illegally subletting social housing ?
Is this another one of those stories to try and put pressure on the housing authorities to bump them up the list ?
Where has the bit gone about they were made homeless after a mistake in who owned the house . Were they illegally subletting social housing ? Is this another one of those stories to try and put pressure on the housing authorities to bump them up the list ? Maverosi

4:07pm Fri 23 Mar 12

uxorious1 says...

'Is this another one of those stories to try and put pressure on the housing authorities to bump them up the list ?'

Spot on Maverosi, either that or stupidity above and beyond the call of duty.
'Is this another one of those stories to try and put pressure on the housing authorities to bump them up the list ?' Spot on Maverosi, either that or stupidity above and beyond the call of duty. uxorious1

6:04pm Fri 23 Mar 12

RedBen says...

You really are vile Mavorosi. These people have suffered yet all you do is pour scorn on their plight. Youre nothing but evil. I wish these people luck and hope they get their lives back on track soon. Don't bother replying to me Mav, you repulse me.
You really are vile Mavorosi. These people have suffered yet all you do is pour scorn on their plight. Youre nothing but evil. I wish these people luck and hope they get their lives back on track soon. Don't bother replying to me Mav, you repulse me. RedBen

7:19pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Maverosi says...

Wondered how long it would take the bad smell to follow me
Wondered how long it would take the bad smell to follow me Maverosi

7:27pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Maverosi says...

Yes I pour scorn . Were they illegally subletting which is a massive blight on society , and why the need to mention hertsmere borough council .
Also the statement that there wasn't enough security around the garage yet they still chose to put all these valuable items and documents there when the hotel has a safe .
And why not chose to clean up the oil in the garage before storing the items there . A bag of cat litter would have done the job easily enough .
Over the months we have seen several sob stories designed to try and put pressure on the authorities to unfairly try and bump them up the housing list.
Why not just that a garage was burgled without the bleeding heart story ?
Yes I pour scorn . Were they illegally subletting which is a massive blight on society , and why the need to mention hertsmere borough council . Also the statement that there wasn't enough security around the garage yet they still chose to put all these valuable items and documents there when the hotel has a safe . And why not chose to clean up the oil in the garage before storing the items there . A bag of cat litter would have done the job easily enough . Over the months we have seen several sob stories designed to try and put pressure on the authorities to unfairly try and bump them up the housing list. Why not just that a garage was burgled without the bleeding heart story ? Maverosi

7:35pm Fri 23 Mar 12

RedBen says...

Why don't you just let the authorities be the judge? These people are homeless and have had their personal belongings stolen. If you've nothing nice to say keep your presumptions and accusations to yourself. Show some compassion or are you incapable? If the stuff you spout is proven then fine but until it ever is then I wish them well and hope their belongings are recovered at least.
Why don't you just let the authorities be the judge? These people are homeless and have had their personal belongings stolen. If you've nothing nice to say keep your presumptions and accusations to yourself. Show some compassion or are you incapable? If the stuff you spout is proven then fine but until it ever is then I wish them well and hope their belongings are recovered at least. RedBen

8:07pm Fri 23 Mar 12

subs69 says...

Apart from anything else, according to the rules laid down by Hertsmere Council you are not allowed to store things in the garages it lets. One of the reasons being that they are not secure for these items
Apart from anything else, according to the rules laid down by Hertsmere Council you are not allowed to store things in the garages it lets. One of the reasons being that they are not secure for these items subs69

8:12pm Fri 23 Mar 12

RedBen says...

The one point I agree with Maverosi on, miracle, if the fact concerning the hotel safe. Surely any documents that could be used in identity theft would be stored in a safe? Hope that is just nativity on their part.
The one point I agree with Maverosi on, miracle, if the fact concerning the hotel safe. Surely any documents that could be used in identity theft would be stored in a safe? Hope that is just nativity on their part. RedBen

8:13pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Maverosi says...

And I asked why they are homeless .
I haven't accused anyone of anything like others .
I have plenty of compassion when its genuine , try watching sports relief for some genuine devastating sob stories . I do however get upset with people trying to put pressure on authorities to bump them up housing lists .
Why the need to name Hertsmere as the people they rented the garage off and the lack of security like its Hertsmere's fault that it happened ,
As I stated the hotel has a safe in every room to store valuable items in .
And I asked why they are homeless . I haven't accused anyone of anything like others . I have plenty of compassion when its genuine , try watching sports relief for some genuine devastating sob stories . I do however get upset with people trying to put pressure on authorities to bump them up housing lists . Why the need to name Hertsmere as the people they rented the garage off and the lack of security like its Hertsmere's fault that it happened , As I stated the hotel has a safe in every room to store valuable items in . Maverosi

8:14pm Fri 23 Mar 12

RedBen says...

Nievety not nativity.
Nievety not nativity. RedBen

4:52pm Sat 24 Mar 12

mr.taxpayer says...

Maverosi wrote:
Where has the bit gone about they were made homeless after a mistake in who owned the house .
Were they illegally subletting social housing ?
Is this another one of those stories to try and put pressure on the housing authorities to bump them up the list ?
Totally agree with this.

Oh, and BenDer why have you piped up again? All you do on here is start arguments on here with Maverosi and myself.

Keep your big nose out of it.
[quote][p][bold]Maverosi[/bold] wrote: Where has the bit gone about they were made homeless after a mistake in who owned the house . Were they illegally subletting social housing ? Is this another one of those stories to try and put pressure on the housing authorities to bump them up the list ?[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this. Oh, and BenDer why have you piped up again? All you do on here is start arguments on here with Maverosi and myself. Keep your big nose out of it. mr.taxpayer

5:38pm Sat 24 Mar 12

RedBen says...

BenDer.....thats so funny tax dodger. For someone who is the first living brain donor that is a brilliant acrnym of RedBen. Must have taken a genius like you several hours to work out. Well done.
BenDer.....thats so funny tax dodger. For someone who is the first living brain donor that is a brilliant acrnym of RedBen. Must have taken a genius like you several hours to work out. Well done. RedBen

5:42pm Sat 24 Mar 12

RedBen says...

Incidently taxnob my nose is perfect and nice with a slight Tom Cruise angle of slant. Very attractive if I say so myself. BenDer .......oh my aching sides.
Incidently taxnob my nose is perfect and nice with a slight Tom Cruise angle of slant. Very attractive if I say so myself. BenDer .......oh my aching sides. RedBen

6:19pm Sun 25 Mar 12

mr.taxpayer says...

Taxnob - now there's some thinking that's gone into that!

Do you have it on the brain perhaps BenDer??!!
Taxnob - now there's some thinking that's gone into that! Do you have it on the brain perhaps BenDer??!! mr.taxpayer

6:45pm Sun 25 Mar 12

RedBen says...

You wish.
You wish. RedBen

6:49pm Sun 25 Mar 12

RedBen says...

Taxdoger..are you homophobic by any chance? You seem to imply it's an insult to insulate someone is...well you know. Is you a closest by any chance? You sound like one.
Taxdoger..are you homophobic by any chance? You seem to imply it's an insult to insulate someone is...well you know. Is you a closest by any chance? You sound like one. RedBen

7:26pm Sun 25 Mar 12

RedBen says...

Taxdoger youre more than welcome too come to a few clubs with me.
Taxdoger youre more than welcome too come to a few clubs with me. RedBen

10:09pm Sun 25 Mar 12

JustAnotherObserver says...

Very unlucky - but yes, I possibly would have kept important documents with me in the hotel, together with anything valuable.

Hopefully if they put valuables in there, they took out some insurance?
Very unlucky - but yes, I possibly would have kept important documents with me in the hotel, together with anything valuable. Hopefully if they put valuables in there, they took out some insurance? JustAnotherObserver

10:09pm Sun 25 Mar 12

JustAnotherObserver says...

Very unlucky - but yes, I possibly would have kept important documents with me in the hotel, together with anything valuable.

Hopefully if they put valuables in there, they took out some insurance?
Very unlucky - but yes, I possibly would have kept important documents with me in the hotel, together with anything valuable. Hopefully if they put valuables in there, they took out some insurance? JustAnotherObserver

9:02am Mon 26 Mar 12

mr.taxpayer says...

RedBen wrote:
BenDer.....thats so funny tax dodger. For someone who is the first living brain donor that is a brilliant acrnym of RedBen. Must have taken a genius like you several hours to work out. Well done.
Its 'acronym' actually.
[quote][p][bold]RedBen[/bold] wrote: BenDer.....thats so funny tax dodger. For someone who is the first living brain donor that is a brilliant acrnym of RedBen. Must have taken a genius like you several hours to work out. Well done.[/p][/quote]Its 'acronym' actually. mr.taxpayer

9:03am Mon 26 Mar 12

mr.taxpayer says...

RedBen wrote:
Taxdoger..are you homophobic by any chance? You seem to imply it's an insult to insulate someone is...well you know. Is you a closest by any chance? You sound like one.
oh, and 'insinuate'.


And then there's 'Is you a closet'

Your punctuation and spelling leaves a lot to be desired..

Are you Sandra Parnell??!!
[quote][p][bold]RedBen[/bold] wrote: Taxdoger..are you homophobic by any chance? You seem to imply it's an insult to insulate someone is...well you know. Is you a closest by any chance? You sound like one.[/p][/quote]oh, and 'insinuate'. And then there's 'Is you a closet' Your punctuation and spelling leaves a lot to be desired.. Are you Sandra Parnell??!! mr.taxpayer

9:04am Mon 26 Mar 12

mr.taxpayer says...

DerBrain??
DerBrain?? mr.taxpayer

9:13am Mon 26 Mar 12

RedBen says...

Whoosh as it sails right over your head.
Whoosh as it sails right over your head. RedBen

12:18pm Mon 26 Mar 12

LEGS1982 says...

Why don't you comment constructively about the story instead of using this post as an excuse for a public slanging match. Why don't you just take each other's numbers so you can argue between yourselves and not for everyone else to see! Back to the story... I'm sure somewhere in the rental agreement there was something to say that they store things at their own risk. Therefore as sad as it is that the garage has been burgled common sense would have said that you wouldn't store valubles in a garage.
Why don't you comment constructively about the story instead of using this post as an excuse for a public slanging match. Why don't you just take each other's numbers so you can argue between yourselves and not for everyone else to see! Back to the story... I'm sure somewhere in the rental agreement there was something to say that they store things at their own risk. Therefore as sad as it is that the garage has been burgled common sense would have said that you wouldn't store valubles in a garage. LEGS1982

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