Captain Karen - Crime Fighter

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Again. I swear I've called 9-1-1 at least once a year since I've moved into my apartment. The things you see living downtown. Previously it's been confined to domestic abuse calls, sadly. And all from whomever ends up moving in above me - there's something about that apartment... This morning however it was attempted robbery/theft.

Awake early, as usual, I wandered into the kitchen at 5:30 and realized the reason the cats were jumping repeatedly on my cranium - they were out of food and water. Silly Captain that I am, I forgot to check on them before heading off to la-la land last night. I filled up both bowls, poured a glass of water, turned on the idiot box and sat down to check my email. As I was deleting the copious amounts of spam from my Yahoo inbox, a loud white vehicle whipped into the parking lot of the building next door. Someone got out, and the vehicle took off. Not sure if the person went inside the building or not but about 30 seconds later someone jumped up onto one of the 2nd story balconies and began moving the barbeque that was there around. I found it quite interesting that they were trying to do an early morning move, skipping out on the rent, and they didn't even have a truck to load stuff into...

He was having a lot of difficulty as it was quite big so his buddy jumped up and tried to help him. Rather than bring it in through the patio door, they lifted it up and onto the the balcony railing. That'll never work, I thought, they're going to drop it and break it. Then it dawned on me (give me a break...it was 5:30 in the morning), they were trying to steal it. At the time of my realization, it seemed the noise woke up the guy living there. Suddenly the blinds were pushed aside and the patio door opened. The two individuals were so startled, they dropped the BBQ which fell into the glass door shattering it, jumped off the balcony and ran away through the parking lot.

Quick thinker that I am, I called 911. Of course, my phone was threatening to die as I gave the operator the details and descriptions of the two individuals. I've discovered though that my cell phone will go into "EMERGENCY MODE" if I dial 911 and the phone is low (good to know).

The police were just at the neighbours place and look as though they're on their way to write up a report or something. They haven't come by to see me although they did call to clarify the address, not sure if they'll need me or not. Chances are that they're not going to be able to catch these guys. Minor theft, no real damage done other than the broken glass. And to be honest (although NOT trying to blame the victim), I'm wondering why he didn't have his BBQ changed up? I'm sure the police have bigger fish to fry considering the murder and other violent crime rates in this city.

4 comments:

Sheamus the... said...

so last night teh cops came squeeling into my neighbors house at midnight. Sirens screeming lights dancing all through our windows. Pretty exciting. I have never actually called 911...

Wandering Coyote said...

I would never think to chain a BBQ up. I guess I always thought it was too big or two heavy to steal...and not really worth much on the black market like a TV or computer. Good on you for being a good neighbour, though.

Gardenia said...

That is also scary! Once my cousin heard someone breaking into her house. We made it there way before the cops showed up and then they parked at the end of the block, then turned around and left. Who knows what cops think?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wonder if all phone batteries do that? Now I just have to remember to carry my phone with me...

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