Monday, September 03, 2007

FREEZE! It's Labor Day!

This morning, around 3am a house alarm went off and our dogs woke up and started barking like crazy. We woke up also and laid there listening to it until it finally went off. The dogs settled down and we fell back asleep. Some time later, the alarm went off again and the commotion continued again with the dogs. In my half asleep state, I said it was probably good that the dogs were barking because if someone was getting robbed near us, all the barking should keep them away from us, and then fell back asleep.

It was the worst night of sleep ever, because for the next couple of hours, we were intermittently awakened by the sound of the alarm. We looked out our windows and saw lights on in various neighbor's houses on our street and the street behind us. Nobody seemed to be getting good sleep this holiday. Amidst all this horrible sleep, I started thinking....what if one of our neighbor's got robbed? It IS a holiday weekend and a lot of people are out of town....

So I got out of bed, and groggily looked up the number for the police department and called it in asking them to come check it out and make sure that everything was okay and nobody had gotten burglarized. Ten minutes later, a patrol car cruised into our court. The officer got out and stood outside when of course...the alarm wasn't going off. He knocked on our door and talked to us and said he couldn't do anything if he couldn't hear the alarm. We thanked him for coming out and as he got into the car to drive away, tadaaa! the alarm went off. He pulled in front of our neighbor's house and got out and started walking around the house. Suddenly, he called for backup and another patrol car showed up and then another. Two of the men went into our neighbor's backyard and disappeared for awhile. I was thinking, "Oh my goodness! Did they get robbed? We just saw them yesterday! I should have called sooner...what if something happened to them?" A few minutes later, we saw the neighbors come out with the cops and then the cops flashing their lights on the teenage boy's car across the way. Suddenly they went into the next neighbor's house.

Then we realize that it wasn't a house alarm going off, it was the car's alarm! But none of the lights were flashing on the car. One of the cops leaned up against the car and then finally the lights started flashing. Turns out that the neighbor across the way sleeps in the back of the house and couldn't hear the alarm, her son was out of town and took the dog with him, so she wasn't aware of anything happening.

As for the other neighbors, the cops didn't just go into their backyard...they went into their house! They had left the doors unlocked and the side garage door open, so the police officers thought that it could have possibly been opened by an intruder. They went all the way into the house and upstairs where the owner had fallen asleep working with his laptop on his lap. He was awakened by the police officers yelling, "FREEZE! Police! Put your hands up!" His wife ran out hearing all the commotion, realized she was in her underwear, and ran back in.

What an adventurous Labor Day! And all before 6am!

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