I just let the police out after making a report and I’m guessing I’m going to sleep lightly tonight, so grab an egg nog and read my Christmas Eve tale…
At about 11:50 tonight I was playing Civilization V on the computer in my bedroom on the 3rd floor of the house I live in, not moving around much other than quiet keystrokes to move my troops, when I heard a noise downstairs on the 2nd floor. The only people who have keys to my place are my landlord and the crazy cat lady who feeds my fish when I’m away. I figured it might have been the landlord, but he usually lets me know when he comes to visit as he no longer lives here, and he usually calls out hello or something when he comes in.
I had a bag of bottles and other recyclables (to be put on the curb) near the window that looks out over the deck and back yard, and I heard that get kicked or moved, then a series of loud footsteps and a door closing. It didn’t sound like the ground floor entrance door closing, which was my first clue that something was wrong. I listened for a bit, put my jammies on and went downstairs to the 2nd floor. Probably not the smartest idea but at this point I still thought it was the landlord.
When I got downstairs the first thing I noticed was that it was cold as if a door or window had been open for a while. But the windows were all shut and so was the door to the deck. But then I looked closer and saw that the window was open just a crack, and the screen was missing. I checked the door and it was unlocked (I always have it locked). I went out on the deck and saw no trace of the intruder, but the screen of the window had been carefully removed and placed to one side.
Judging by how cold it was on the 2nd floor, the window had been open for some time and he was very quiet when he came in. I’m guessing he freaked out and left after he tripped over the bag of recyclables and made the first noise. He escaped off an adjoining roof of the neighbor’s house. Nothing is missing though, nothing valuable was out in the open really. And I’m OK if not a little freaked out.
I called 911 and four cars arrived within minutes – I’ll have to hand it to the MPD for a very quick response. They sent a car into the alley behind the house, some guys to check all the escape routes back there and two cars to greet me at the front door. I made a report with an investigator and they were fairly efficient and very polite. I made sure the back door and window were as secure as they can be, but I think some bars and a deadbolt are in order soon.
So Merry Christmas everyone, and don’t forget to hide your kids and hide your wife: