Tuesday, September 05, 2006

COPS!

Erin's sister Brook is visiting this week from Michigan and after spending the day today at the Renaissance Festival (which is a whole other story) we grilled some dinner and then headed to Cold Stone Creamery this evening for some ice cream.

When we arrived home, we came into our house through the garage and all three of us instantly noticed that something wasn't right. There were too many lights on, and then I noticed that the screen door was wide open! I told the girls to go back outside through the garage as I pulled out my phone to call the police. I told the police what was happening and asked if they could send an officer out. The dispatcher told me someone would be there shortly. As we were waiting for the police to show up, there were a lot of thoughts going through our heads; "Is there still someone in our house?", "Did we leave the lights on?", "What if the cops find someone?", "What if some of our stuff is missing?"

Within minutes, two police cars showed up with their headlights off (to make for a covert approach). They both got out of their cars, I briefed them on what happened, and they got ready to search our house. They entered through our screen door and said (in a tone that would make anyone realize they were serious), "POLICE DEPARTMENT!" The seriousness of the whole situation hit me when I saw both of the officers had their guns drawn as they entered our house. They did a complete search of our house while we waited outside. A few minutes later they came downstairs, told us that the house was clear, and had us come inside to see if we had anything missing.

The girls checked their purses to see if any cash or credit cards were missing and I went upstairs to check things up there. Fortunately, nothing was taken and the police said that we should call them if anything comes up missing and we could file a police report. As they left, we thanked them for their time, although I think this might have been one of their highlights of the night in our small town.

It's a little frightening to think that someone might have actually been in our house when we weren't, but it's good to know that we did the right thing by leaving the house and it's also nice to know that our local police department was quick to respond to what could have been a more serious situation.

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