Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Daily Victories: It Takes Neighbors
A patron reported to one of our managers there was a suspicious person looking in car windows in our lot. It's a big lot--close to 3,000 spaces. So, you can imagine that a lot of people might wander around a bit after they've misplaced their car. Still, we checked it out. Sure enough, this young man was weaving through aisles, peaking in windows, ducking down for a minute or two and walking quickly in the other direction when he saw us watching him.
He moved his car one aisle over, driving about two miles an hour...slow enough that it catches your attention even in a parking lot. He probably figured that I couldn't see him...magic cloak of invisibility once he got in his car.
We called the police department, which I'd like to say that our PD is awesome. They're always polite, professional and respond to problems in a reasonable amount of time, considering the size of the city.
Mr. I'm Not Acting Weird bolted a few seconds before the cruiser arrived. But they did notice his little red car careening out of the lot and wandered off to stop him after getting a few details from me and my manager.
The next day, the officers stopped by to tell me the perp ran away. But they got the car. And they got a purse that he had stolen from a car he broke into. The patron got her purse back. The perp lost his car. And we've got all the info to nail him with when he reappears on the radar...and he probably will.
It all started with a concerned citizen, a manager who acted on the information and a police department that took the time to investigate a suspicious person. We can make a difference and we can help each other to keep our world a little safer.
Until next time! Have a great day.