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The mystery of the disappearing underwear

Updated on January 18, 2009

 Suspecting nothing I always hung my clean wash to dry outside. Every day, but the last months there was less wash to hang outside. Strangely enough there was always something missing, so after a few weeks I had to go out and buy new again. Underwear.

First I thought my washing machine was eating my lingerie. Socks that went in as a pair often came out a single, so why could it not be that it liked my underwear so much, that it wanted to keep it hidden somewhere. But no, I counted what went in and what came out. The machine wasn’t the guilty one. There was only one possibility left. Someone was taking the underwear from the line while I went to work or was asleep.


This mystery had to be solved. If I had to buy new underwear every month, that would cost me more than I wanted it to cost me. So I hid myself behind the curtains, holding my flashlight, watching if I saw any movements towards my underwear. But I could not keep my eyes open and fell asleep at the window. And yes, the next morning the towels were still there but the rest was gone. All four were missing. When I told my family, they just laughed. “Do you have to walk around without your panties on now?"

My neighbor didn’t have the problem I had. But I didn’t want to wear the same big woolen underwear as my 85 year old neighbor. After being robbed from my underwear for the third time in a row, I decided to go to the police. I imagined how the officer would react if I went in there and told him that my underwear disappeared.

“I want to report my underwear disappearing mysteriously officer”

“Stolen you mean?”

“I guess so; I don’t think it walked out on me by itself. And before I forget, it wasn’t stolen while I was wearing it”

Another officer came to do the “paperwork” on his computer.

It seemed I wasn’t the only one in town whose underwear was taken. What I didn’t know was that they had a suspect. A 52 year old man who liked female underwear more than the female wearing it. The man had just moved to the part of town where I was living because in his old neighborhood he wasn’t welcome anymore. Now the police knew he was at it again.

I went home after I had bought me some new underwear again. Hopefully for the last time and it was.


The police caught the guy two days later while he was sniffing and stealing underwear two blocks away from my place. 

 He got a fine and that was it.  And he moved again. His house seemed to be empty after three weeks I’d been told. So every woman hangs her strings, boxers, hipsters or knickers outside again. Finally the lingerie was safe.

Four weeks later I got a call from my mom. “You won’t believe what is happening to your cousin now. Somebody is stealing her underwear”

Oh dear cousin, do you have to walk around without your panties on?

I guess I know now were the guy moved at.


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    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 

      7 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear lazur,

      When I was a child in Devon there was a spate of ladies knickers being stolen from washing lines. Eventually the police caught the manager of jewellers and he was fined and moved away. Were the ladies of the town pleased - no they were not. Apparently every pair of knickers he stole he pegged a one pound note in its place, which was about 3 times the price of a new pair.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hahaha...It is so funny! I enjoyed reading this hub. It is a shame stealing panties and snipping them. What a pervert! I hope your cousin know now who´s stolen her underwears.

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      9 years ago

      OMG that is so sad and so funny at the same time. Glad your underwear isn't being stolen anymore but I feel sorry for your cousin. They should do something more than just fine the guy since obviously he is just going to move and do it again. He is just sick!

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      11 years ago from A couch, Ionia, MI

      I like panties, but stealing them and sniffing??? My underwear disappear every day...But I just call it a wedgy.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Gee...there are really men who do that? :-) It sure is creepy. Guess he loved your choice of undies.

    • Lazur profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Netherlands

      He didn't steel them to sell. They found almost all the underwear at his home. He had some sort of an underwear fettish I think:D

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      James Dubreze 

      11 years ago from New York, New York

      He would be classified as a pervert had he stolen the underwear before their got wash but he's stealing them after which then mean his collecting them to sell. He's making 100% profit out of it, being that he didn't have to buy them, his profit is not deducted from cost. He might be facing a good time in jail if he's caught selling them without paying tax. Stealing is immoral but it's also another way of making money. Those who steal at a greater scale are likely to get away with their crime than those who steal petty stuff.

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      11 years ago from Netherlands

      Thanks Chris:)

      They did caught him again here, but he didn't have to do jailtime here.But then again, most of the time they don't give jailtime for such things at all unless people get hurt. And he did't try to get them while some woman was wearing the panties;)

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      Christoph Reilly 

      11 years ago from St. Louis

      He'd probably prefer to get the panties BEFORE they were laundered! I'm glad they caught the guy. I was going to say "I was nowhere near the Netherlands!" There was a guy here in the states who actually broke into apartments and stole all the panties. When they caught him, he had bags and bags full of them in his house. The judge let him off with a stern warning that if he did it again he would go to jail. He got caught doing it again a couple of months later and he went to jail.

      Very funny!

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      11 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      OMG- he really has an underwear fetish!! Your hub is humorous but yeah, at the same time that is creepy for sure.

      Glad he moved!!

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      11 years ago from USA

      Wow, that is kind of creepy. I am glad they caught the guy who was doing it. I wonder what a better sentence for his crime would have been. Simply a fine doesn't seem right. Perhaps some sort of counseling would have been in order.

    • Lazur profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Netherlands

      Same here. Now I can laugh about it, but I often wondered why he didn't get any help for his problem. Just a fine.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      11 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Very funny Lazur, and yet you have to feel a bit sorry for a guy who is so sad he has to steal underwear off clotheslines :)

    • Lazur profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Netherlands

      I'm doing better each day :D And yes, the avatar is ready, now I'm working on the Christmas cards:D

      I hope you'll have a great Thanksgiving G-Ma. Say hello to everyone from me:D

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      11 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh My..but your underwear is sooo cute and sexy...poor old just very glad he didn't want to take them off of YOU...and also very happy he was caught...but now your cousin has to buy new undies every month...LOL what goes around comes around....

      How have you been and getting all ready for the Holiday's I see...You look adorable...We are now celeb rating ThanksGiving and have 14 people coming...yikes too much work for this old lady anymore..but I love it...Thanks for a sweet laugh today...G-Ma :o) Hugs

    • Lazur profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Netherlands

      Indeed creepy. But it's more fun now that the one who laughed about it is having the same creepy guy around.:) But he will be caught again I think:)

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      Moon Daisy 

      11 years ago from London

      Wow, how unfortunate! And the underwear-stealing guy sounds a bit creepy. It's a shame he's still allowed to continue this unfortunate hobby, but I'm glad that at least you don't have to worry about your smalls now. I enjoyed reading your story, thanks.

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      Pam Roberson 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      LOL Lazur, this was funny and creepy all that the same time! I enjoyed it. Perhaps this guy is a cousin to the Butt Bandit of Valentine that Spryte wrote about. ;)

      There are times when I really don't want to understand why people do some of the things they do, and men stealing women's underwear is one of them. lol! I had an experience once where I came home from work for lunch, and I caught a man raiding my dirty clothes hamper and stealing my underwear. Yuck!

      Thanks for a fun read. :)


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