I was painting registrations numbers on the zodiac last week, but it was a bit late in the day. Dew fell on the specially-designed-for-inflatables paint overnight and caused it to run. Today I went to clean the mess up with some rubbing alcohol. It was then that I noticed a missing window in the house next door.
The house was owned by an old guy who died about a year and a half ago, before I moved in. His relatives are making more use of the house than he ever did, but they’re only there on the occasional weekend during the summer. I don’t generate much trash, and on trash day I’m usually in a hurry. When I take the boat out, I’m in a hurry to get on the water. I just don’t spend a lot of time on that side of the driveway, nor looking at the house next door. I have no idea how long the window had been open.
I called the sheriff’s department and told them about it. I called back about ten minutes later to tell them that the window was not missing, but was just slid open. It slides to the side, and from my original vantage point I did not see the frame. So there was no damage to the house. The dispatcher said she’d tell the patrol and they’d decide if it was worth investigating.
This is not a high-crime area. Heck, in L.A. it was not uncommin to hear gunfire near my apartment. Here it’s very quiet. Still, it’s a summer community and there are a lot of kids who seem to like to perform the odd bit of vandalism. There was a meth lab a block away that was raided a few months ago. I thought an open window in an often-vacant house was supicious. After seeing that the window was just open and not missing, I guessed that the last visitors simply forgot to close it. Better safe than sorry though.
The deputy came over and came to the same conclusion, but climbed in through the window anyway. He announced his presence and drew his sidearm. He came out the front door and said that there were some sleeping bags in the living room and that it appeared that nothing was amiss.
I guess next week in The Northern Light Police Blotter I’ll read something like: “Resident reported an open window at neighbour’s house. WCSD responded and found no sign of illegal entry.”