While cleaning out the brush and trash from the yard I found the A/C circuit breaker (I think that is what it is called) next to the fence that backs up to the high school softball field. I think that maybe the thieves drove a truck on to the school property and hoisted the condenser over the back fence. That could have been the reason that no one saw anything. Bringing the thing out to the front of the house would be riskier. The circuit breaker box has a place for a lock so it will definitely be getting a lock next time so it isn't so easy to shut off the electricity. Hopefully a gate and a lock on the circuit box will be enough to deter them next time.
I spent about 4 hours trimming trees, pulling up the dead shrubs, picking up trash, trying to sort out the bark from the rocks, and tidying up. I took out the drip system because no tenant has ever used it and their dogs just use it as a chew toy. They don't care about my landscaping. The shrubs that needed the drip system were dead anyway and everything that is still alive is drought resistant and has survived on its own. I was hoping it would only take me one Saturday to fix the yard but it was too late to take the brush to the dump so I will have to do it next Saturday.
The house looks good. As soon as the water gets turned on they can clean it and it should be ready to rent again. The yard is going to look great when everything turns green again. Too bad I won't see it.
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