So last night, my friends Bean and Dan were over, watching TV with myself and the girls (Sydney and Maddox) when Roy, one of the neighbors from the 4-apartment unit next door, came up to a TV room window and told us that he had just seen someone enter the house via one of the back windows!
Being the ultra-brave person I am, I stayed in the TV room and called 911, over the objection of Sydney (who was playing a game on my phone and didn’t fully understand why I was taking the phone away from her). While I was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, Roy yelled something at the intruder, we heard a “thunk,” and Roy told us the person had just left through the same window. We then went into Sarah and Charles’ bedroom and found the window open and the screen window lying on the ground outside.
The cops, who were extremely nice and professional, arrived a couple of minutes later. They knew (because I was still on the phone with 911) that the intruder wasn’t in our house anymore, so they cased the neighborhood and talked to Roy before coming over to talk to us. After talking to the cops, went over to Roy’s place to introduce myself and thank him.
The way our house is laid out, someone could walk through the whole back of the house, looking in windows, and not see either the group in the TV room, Matt in the basement apartment, or (unless they happened to look at just the right angle), Sarah in her office. So probably the person thought the house was empty.
The person was wearing a hoodie, and Roy couldn’t say if it was a woman or a man. Maddox took it in stride, but Sydney was terrified and hid behind the couch for a while, until we coached her out.
Although we’ve been successfully cooling the house all summer with open windows at night and big window fans, we decided to go with air conditioning and closed, locked windows last night. Sarah, surprisingly, slept quite well.
One of those times I’m happy to live with a large group of housemates – it would have felt very creepy if I was the only one here!
P.S. Despite the break-in, I feel absolutely no inclination to go buy a gun. :-p