I hired a shady HVAC specialist online

We were really upset when our home was broken into on Thanksgiving day.

The criminal messed up our home, ruined the dinner by throwing food all over the place, and they even stole our smart thermostat.

Later on however, I realized how stupid this criminal was. He actually called my phone and left a message with a disguised digital voice. He called from a blocked number, but little did he know I had an app called trapcall which showed me all the information from any caller no matter if they were blocked or private numbers. I was able to get the guy’s name and number with the app when he called my phone. He left a crazy message saying that if I wanted my smart thermostat back, I had to send a certain amount of cash in an envelope and leave it at a certain location. I called the police about this right away and they were able to track the phone number. They ended up catching the guy who stole the smart thermostat. The crazy thing was the fact that it happened to be the guy we called to install the thermostat in the first place. He was just some tech guy I found online who did HVAC repair and maintenance for a low cost. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to have a smart thermostat installed, so I hired him for the job. He did seem like a shady sort of person, but I was happy at the time because it was a cheap installation. I didn’t know he would vandalize my home and steal my smart thermostat, and then later try to extort money from me. Now that guy is in jail and I will never hire any shady people online again.