I am writing this letter to warn people who run garage or estate sales in their home to be alert. My cousin passed away on Valentine's Day of this year after living in the Rockaways for approximately 70 years.
She wasn't gone two weeks when four of her outdoor planters, a birdbath, a plaster statue and two swan planters were taken from her property in Neponsit. One of her neighbors was kind enough to send me an anonymous note identifying the person who took those items but because it was anonymous, I could not act on it. Last week, I had an estate sale on Friday and Saturday in my cousin's home and many people came through, including the people who were identified as having taken the concrete ornaments from the property.
On Saturday evening after the sale was over, my cousin Dottsy went around checking the lights and locking the doors. To my utter shock, eight ornamental brass doorknobs, which had been on the doors of the house for 91 years, were gone. If anyone noticed anyone removing the doorknobs, I would truly appreciate their letting me know. If they can be identified, I will press charges against them. I can't believe that someone would steal from the dead and have no conscience about it.