Nearly Drew Down on Someone At Neighboours House
I appologize for the length of this but here goes:
We had a burglary December 9th of last year. Six of my guns were stolen and I know that I should have secured them yada yada, but it was a random smash and grab because my number just came up.
Ok so on to the scenario. My next door neighbour knows of the break in and two days before the thugs hit our house, someone stole the license plate from her car parked in the alley. Needless to say we are a bit nervous about people wandering around the "hood.
I'm getting ready to go to the gym for my workout, and over in her yard I hear yelling. I'm in the kitchen and shut off the lights, peek out the window and see some scruffy looking dude in her yard, yelling and whistling. I don't know who this character is but it is obvious to me at the time, he isn't supposed to be there.
I go to my new gun safe and get my S&W Model 19 .357 magnum, go back into the kitchen and now the guy is standing below my window with a phone in his hand, frantically texting and yelling some guys name. My thoughts are that he is the look out for someone already inside the neighbour's house and probably has seen me looking out the window and is alerting his accomplice. I could not see the back or front door of the home so I am assuming the worst. Then the guy climbs back over the locked gate to her backyard. Now I'm on double alert. I am about ready to go out and introduce the guy to my Smith & Wesson and inquire as to what he is doing.
I put on my coat, put the .357 into the inside pocket as to conceal it a bit and gingerly open the door, and step out on my back porch to confront the potential thug. I'm looking for others as well as the percieved dirtbag but I see nobody. Apparently he made a quick exit through the yard and out the gate to the alley.
I made a dash for my detached garage, opened the door and went out into the alley but whoever was in the neighbour's yard was long gone. I called my wife on my way to the gym. She has the neighbour's phone number and alerted her there was some stranger in the yard.
Now for the good part, I guess. The guy turned out to be a co-worker of the neighbour's brother who also lives in the house. Apparently, the guy was trying to locate him. My wife did speak to the neighbour on her way home from work. She packs a Ruger LCR .357 and when she got home, she saw the guys at the back door of the neighbour and one of them was unlocking the door. The neighbour lady called back and said that she talked to her brother and chewed him out royally. She knows that both me and my wife are armed and carry and she told her nutty brother that he needs to be more careful because someone is going to get hurt because of our break in, her license plate being stolen and all that.
I know that I should have called the Police but things were happening way to fast and by the time they would have arrived, the guy would have been long gone. My wife appologized to the neighbour for scaring her about this, but she said that she was glad someone was watching out for her house. Her father lives there too and he cannot hear very well, so if someone was breaking in, he would not be aware of it and could be in danger.
I'm just glad that it was a false alarm but I was prepared to draw down on this guy should he prove to be something else.