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Never a Dull Moment in My Neighborhood

Last night, shortly before ten, I was working at my computer in my office. It has a window looking toward the street. My husband was gone for the night because his bed had been moved to the other house to make room for the new one arriving today. So I was alone. For the night.

Suddenly I heard shouts and the sound of the shouter chasing someone. I couldn't see what had happened but it was scary. A few minutes later I saw a police car parked across the street. I got brave enough to go outside and have a look.

I saw one police officer talking to a young kid who was sitting on the curb. I heard the officer tell the kid that “since he was with them, he was part of the problem.” Evidently some other kids he was with had done something. I'm still not sure what or if the other kids got away. I hope the police made an impression on the one they were talking to and that they found out who the others were and dealt with them appropriately. I never did find out what happened, but my neighbor across the street thought they were throwing rocks around, perhaps at cars or windows.

I usually sleep with my windows open in this weather, but I didn't want to do that last night. Fortunately it got cool enough for me to sleep with the windows shut and locked. I couldn't help but wonder if these were the kids that broke into my house two years ago.

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WordChazer wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:14 PM

Oooh, scary! I think it's a kid thing - we get them around here at times. They've played Knock Down Ginger with me when I'm home (and been shouted at in my best impression of Lee Ermey's Drill Sgt as a result) and thrown all kinds at our front door before - cans, bottles, mud, weeds. My car was silly stringed once, we've had plant pots and plants taken from the front patch and a car damaged by a football when it dented a panel too. Fireworks all over the shop - bits landing in the fishpond and a lit one through the letter box a few years ago. The cops took that one seriously and called it attempted arson, especially as someone else was targeted and their unwanted visitor started a (fortunately small) fire.

AngelSharum wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:56 PM

I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious and I do hope they learned a lesson.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 3, 2015, 4:44 PM

I would have went to see what was going on. But then I never go alone, Bambi at least is always with me and a trust 9 mm

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:01 PM

That is scary. Police have been called in our neighborhood more than once, once when someone thought another one was speeding and another time when it was domestic spat.

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BarbRad wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:52 PM

That's bad. My nephew got in with the wrong crowd once when he was still young and foolish, and threw a mailbox through a store window. He had no idea that was a federal crime (mailbox) and a felony. He and his friends were just "having fun." It got him in one of those juvenile camps for a year, and that's where he finished high school. After that he straightened out, went to college, got married, and is now a productive citizen. Getting arrested was good for him. Ironically enough, he's now a prison guard in a federal prison.

BarbRad wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:53 PM

I hope the police were able to talk some sense into them.

BarbRad wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:55 PM

I don't have a dog or a gun, so I waited. If the sounds had been a bit different, I would have called 911 myself.

BarbRad wrote on October 3, 2015, 6:57 PM

I had to call them when my friend, a tenant and her significant other got into a spat when they were drunk after the wine festival here. It tore me up, but I was afraid someone would be dead if I didn't call. A couple of years after she got a new job and moved, they got married.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 3, 2015, 7:50 PM

I have still been known to head out but I am not bad with a knife when the need calls for it

Feisty56 wrote on October 3, 2015, 9:16 PM

I think if the kids aren't long-time troublemakers, having the police talk to them may be helpful. Those that are already acquainted with the justice system will simply shrug it off.

CoralLevang wrote on October 3, 2015, 9:39 PM

I hope that you are safe. I would not feel comfortable sleeping on ground floors if I were in apartments, with windows open. Thankfully, we don't have too much crime on our base. ... Some petty theft sometimes, but don't hear of many break-ins.

Paulie wrote on October 4, 2015, 2:31 AM

Oh my God, some kids broke into your house two years ago! Did they steal anything or cause any damage?

Hollyhocks100 wrote on October 4, 2015, 5:15 AM

It is unnerving when something like that happens, but the mere fact that the police caught one of the kids, would have scared the rest away.

BarbRad wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:34 AM

I think you're right. I don't know who they are or if they have been in trouble before. I'm sure the police probably checked to see if they had records.

BarbRad wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:35 AM

WE haven't had violent crimes in my neighborhood that I know of, but any crime is too much crime.

BarbRad wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:41 AM

WE are assuming they were "kids" just trying to have a good time at someone else's expense. They stole an unopened jar of my favorite chocolate from Costco, emptied all the drawers in my bedroom, through things in every direction, showered the living room with peanuts, opened a jar of honey into a box of books, left the doors of the refrigerators and freezer open, and left a carton of ice cream to melt on the kitchen floor. It's not the house I was living in them, but the one I'm living in now. It took forever to clean up the mess and I felt violated. They left my laptop here, but took the drive out of it. A friend put it back in for me. The were too dumb to recognize what really was valuable. We didn't have any of the easy-to -fence electronics or such they would profit from.

BarbRad wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:41 AM

The kids were running away before the police arrived. I don't know if they caught the others.

Paulie wrote on October 5, 2015, 4:00 AM

This is really amazing. How did they get into the house, and do you think that maybe they were enemies and had an ax to grind? Did you report this to the police and were they able to do anything?

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 5, 2015, 9:43 PM

You sleep with your windows open? People still do that??!!! I mean … when the air conditioner is working???!

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 2:58 AM

They broke down the outer door to the garage. Then they entered the house through the garage. We did report it, and the police were aware of other such break-ins that were similar. A couple of days later, another house in our tract was hit. I don't know if they ever caught the culprits.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 2:59 AM

The air conditioning is expensive to run if we don't have to. Since I got an electric bill over $300, I stopped taking the easy way out.

Paulie wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:04 AM

I am very sorry to hear about this incident and certainly hope it doesn't happen again.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:47 PM

Electric bills are ridiculous. What amazes me is the house I grew up in didn't have A/C. Box fans in the windows. We lived in Florida and sometimes the heat could be pretty unbearable. But once used to the A/C? It's a hard habit to break.