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A few weeks ago, Xan Craven received a puzzling text message from her husband. 

“Hey, did you move my snacks?” Spencer Craven asked. She hadn’t. 

The snacks kept in the carport of their Menlo Park, California, apartment were food and drinks they usually didn’t buy — treats Spencer could grab on his way to or coming home from working long hours in Stanford Hospital’s intensive care unit. 

Baffled by the missing snacks, Xan Craven checked footage on their home security camera. She saw that while she was picking up her daughter from preschool, a man on a bike entered the carport, placed the food and drinks in his backpack and rode off. 

“I was filled with a lot of anxiety and fear,” she said. Though they are on a tight budget — Spencer Craven is still in medical training as a neurocritical care fellow — it wasn’t really about the food.

This wasn’t the first theft they had experienced. When they moved into their apartment last summer, Spencer Craven’s bike was stolen. As a photographer who stays home full-time with her 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, Xan Craven said she felt worried and discouraged. 

She posted about the experience in local Facebook groups and the Nextdoor app to alert the neighbors. Hoping for sympathy and comfort, some responses surprised her — and ultimately led her to change her reaction to the situation. 

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