My wife had an interesting experience today. She was home with the kids and happened to glance out the front window and see a car sitting in front of our house with two people inside it.
They were staring at the neighbor’s house.
They were wearing sunglasses (it’s cloudy with a chance of rain).
They were still there (and still staring) 40 minutes later.
That’s when she decided to go ahead and call the cops. We live in a small township so the cops don’t have much to do. She said “I feel kind of stupid call the police for this, but people don’t normally sit in a car in front of a house for 40 minutes.”
They reassured her that this was the kind of thing the non-emergency number is for; there’s no emergency, but you think the police should check it out.
She saw the police show up a few minutes later. The cops stopped behind the mysterious car, and it immediately drove off. Hmm . . .
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but I’m still trying to find a legitimate explanation for this puzzling behavior. Maybe it was a group who plays shows as the Blues Brothers and they spent 40 minutes waiting for our neighbor (who’s part of their carpool), and he happened to call and say he couldn’t make it just as the cop pulled up?
At least that’s my best guess after “casing a house.”