Theft on Monday...Dirtbags Back On Friday?...
Last Tuesday I had shared info on various car/garage thefts in our neighborhood...after calling the sheriff...I found out that I was #10 in the last two weeks. We have a great neighborhood (new sub) an this has been distressing to all of the neighbors that I have spoken with...
Well, I have been up for several nights now just kind of checking for movement at night.
Now on Tuesday night, my neighbor who is an young ex-marine noticed a truck with two grubby looking guys driving slowly through the 'sub' at 1 a.m.
He noticed them, and so did I (I didn't know he was watching...he didn't know I was up and watching). He went out the back door with his Rottie, and I had gone out to my car to stand around and get a better look at the 'midnight shoppers'. My neighbor and I met each other with the same intention...to get a plate number. While he was describing the vehicle, it suddenly started coming back down the street.
We both stood in the street and the vehicle slowed down and the window came down. I asked if they were looking for someone (two guys with stocking caps and a few blankets inside the front seat area)...I was pleased to find out that they were cops working our subdivision. They said that they would be parking for the night...along with two other cars...WOW...I was delighted.
This meant that the sheriff realized the NEED to give extra patrol to our 'hood'...doing their job.
Move three more days...today is Friday...at about 7 p.m., I'm looking (by accident) out of the computer room window on the front of the house. I notice these two guys...4-5 houses down in a green Honda, and stopping at every opened garage. One guy is scoping out the garage and the other is looking all around the 'hood'.
Then the car moves to my neighbor across the street...his garage is open. Same thing, they stop, one cases out the contents of the garage, the other is looing up and down the street. I was pretty sure they were up to 'no good'.
I stepped out of my front door and the driver immediately spots me and they drive down the street. I continued to watch as they only went down about 10-15 more houses and again, stopped at an open garage. Now I am really curious, so I call 911. I get in my car and drive down the street to get a tag number while on the phone with 911.
Now the two in the Honda spot me and drive out of our subdivision. I followed and stayed about 1 block behind. They drove down a few major streets and would pull off on the side of the road...I did the same. I continued to follow them for about 15 minutes...they finally pulled into another new subdivision about 3 miles from my home.
The sub that they pulled into has only one entrance/exit and I stayed back a ways and just waited. Another few minutes went buy and 3 county cops came up quickly (this is a rural area). One stopped behind me and the other two headed into the sub. The cop behind me was the same one who had taken my theft report on Tuesday.
I should also say at this point, that on Tuesday, when the cop came to my home, I was in the garage...door open...I was CCW. Never really thought about this before (haven't had a ticket in years), and I said, "Good evening officer, I appreciate your stopping to investigate our theft. By the way, I am legally armed. He said, "Well thanks for telling me." He then proceeded to take the information about the theft.
Back to the highway...are you following me so far?...
Now as this cop pulls up behind me, he gets out and I'm already out of the car. I don't recognize him because he does not have a hat or coat on...I again out of courtesy, say, "Good evening officer, thanks for getting here so quickly. I should tell you that I am legally armed." He says, "Hey no problem, I was the guy at your home on Tuesday!" I gave him the scenario of what had happened with the dudes in the Honda. He said thanks and followed the other two cops into the sub...
At this point, I don't know what, if anything, came from this little adventure. I at least hope that these two fellas in the Honda figure that our neighborhood watch is too alert.
We'll see what happens...
If anything, tonight had the neighbors all talking and at least five of them (all separately) stated that they had been thinking about getting their CCW permits. I was very encouraging and shared the where's and how's for obtaining one. Probably ten of us traded phone numbers and talked about being more alert...for ourselves and for one another. This was a good thing.
Stay ALERT...stay safe! (I post this a lot...but it is important!)