Sorry to hear that you got ripped off.
I have had stuff taken too and it sucks but what can ya do?
I have always liked leaving thing out, I like to think of them as just thoughts on the ground or it may just be fodder.
As I put more time into finish work, I find myself getting more possesive," that things worth more then just a thought, " it might even be collectable
I believe that if someone steals something from you they may never understand it or the joy of creating, I have to feel sorry for them for that.
Some jackass once thought it would be a great idea to drive his jeep up onto a snow sculpture - just for fun - he rolled his jeep.
I have a rescue dog that scares the crap out people and I really wish she wouldn't do that because she has a good heart and is a good companion, I wonder how much more finish work I have to put into her?
Yey but then someone might just take her.
I hope you find the balance