It'll never happen to me.... (long read)

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by russ, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. russ

    russ New Member

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    That's what we all say isn't it? Well, it happened this morning. I live in a quiet subdivision on a cul-de-sac in a small tri-level house. I've been here 11 years and never had any trouble. I awoke this morning to an annoying beeping. Beep beep beep. Beep beep beep. What the heck is that I wondered? It's not my cell battery dieing so what is it? Finally had enough of it and headed downstairs to kill whatever it was. I made it halfway down the stairs and froze. My first thought was why is there a pair of jeans and a jacket on the living room floor? I didn't strip and leave my clothes down there. Then I saw feet sticking out of the pants. Still my thoughts didn't go to an intruder, I thought maybe my wife has plans to go snowboarding this morning and this is a cousin or friend that's going with, crashing before an early start. I go back in the bedroom and ask who is sleeping in the living room. She said no one she knows and we both freaked a little bit. I keep a loaded 12 ga. next to the nightstand for just this kind of thing (no kids), but all at once and for the first time, I realized that this full size shotgun is too unwieldy for this situation. My wife asks if she should call 911. I hadn't even thought of that just yet, but I say YES, call 911. I grab my .357 from the other room, load it, and move back to the top of the stairs to keep an eye on this passed-out guy in my house. We are on the phone with dispatch for 15 minutes waiting for "help" to arrive. Good thing for all of us that this guy was out cold, even snoring at times. Once, he stirred a little and I thought to myself maybe this is it. Then, finally, the deputies arrive. They approach the house and knock?!?! I ask the dispatcher if I'm supposed to unlock the door or what? She says if I'm OK with it then yes. But that I need to NOT answer the door with a gun in my hand. I paused and thought bullsh!t, there's an intruder in MY house, I'll keep my gun. My wife talked me out of it, so I handed it to her, and tip-toed past sleeping beauty to unlock the door. Two deputies came in and asked if I knew this guy or invited him in, I said no, I have no idea who this is or how he got in. One deputy and I made a very quick survey of entry points and found nothing but the doggie door. This guy had to be determined because this is a pretty small door, not yap-dog size, but not German Shepard sized either. So the deputy instructs me to go back upstairs and wait. They rattle the guy and he's all sorts of displaced. First he's a little verbally combative and wonders why there's cops in his face. It's clear he was (and probably still is) pretty wasted last night. He thinks he's in his own house, or at least somewhere he belongs. The deputies have trouble getting any straight answers out of him. He finally realizes his situation and hands over some kind of ID, turns out he is on probation for something, but the report doesn't say what. When they ask, all he can say is he's on probation for getting drunk. This goes on for what seems like forever. One of the deputies finally comes upstairs and asks what we want to do. I'm kind of lost, isn't that your job I think to myself? So I ask what my options are, this is my first break-in and I'm not really sure what to do. The deputy says all they can really get him on is trespassing, he didn't appear to be stealing anything, and no apparent damage was don't to the house, so trespassing is it. Nothing more than a summons and we would likely have to got testify in court. Or if we don't press charges they would take him home, or to detox if no one was at the address he gave. Don't ask my why, because I can't say right now, but I was feeling charitable (maybe the Christmas season, who knows), but I elected not to press charges. As they cuffed him and led him out (finally), he yelled up the stairs that he was sorry.

    In all this, where the hell were my dogs? I always thought that they would at least alert me to something going on. No dice. They were both laying on the floor in the bedroom like nothing was out of the ordinary.

    After they left and we calmed down a bit, my wife and I did a good look around the house and found that he had helped himself to some leftovers in the fridge, and that beep beep beep from before, was the microwave saying that food was done. So he had nuked some leftover mexican and passed out before he could eat it. He had also nuked some leftover wings from Hooters, ate a couple, threw the bones in the dog food container, which looks a lot like a covered trash can, and then put the rest in a cupboard. He opened a jar of pickles, some tortilla chips, and even killed a can of squeezey cheese. The doors on my shed out back were open, but nothing appears to be missing anywhere (save for the fridge).

    But the really unsettling thing is that this trailer-trash was in my house for hours and I didn't even know it. How lucky we are that he just had the munchies and wanted to get out of the cold, and not to do us any harm.


    I don't normally spill my guts on the interwebz, it's just not my style. But for some reason I just can't stop talking about this, to anyone who will listen. I bet I've told it 10 times in the 5-6 hours since it happened. I guess I'm looking for the words that don't exist, the words that will make me feel secure in my own home again. It seems weird to be so rattled, because nothing bad came of it, but the neverending stream of "what-ifs" that is running through my head has some really scary outcomes.
     
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  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    WOW on the fact that he was there

    WOW on the fact that it took 15 minutes for the cops to get there.

    WOW to teh fact that you didn't bash his skull in with the butt of the shotgun then toss him out of the house.

    Not sure how I would handel it. I think you did ok.

    Oh on the bright side you now have an excuse to get a new Tactical shotty like the Mossy 500 JIC, Remington 870 Tactical, or 1100 tactical......
     

  3. russ

    russ New Member

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    I've been wanting a Mossy 500 for a long time. I don't think the wife will squawk one bit about it now. So, yes. Silver lining. :)

    It's probably best for everybody that I didn't wake up while he was up raiding the fridge, things might have turned out very differently.
     
  4. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    :eek: This situation boggles the mind. If he truly thought he was in his own house, does he make a habit of crawling in through HIS doggie-door when wife locks him out? :confused:

    I'm glad nobody was hurt, or had to be shot - that would've really killed the holiday mood.
     
  5. tomgodd

    tomgodd Active Member

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    WOW is right! Its got me thinking nowm would I have woke up....
    Thats scary!
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The thing that disturbs me is the dogs didn't do anything. I think you need to get a higher strung dog.
     
  7. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    IMHO...

    1) Get a new dog! It's too late for them. A small, protective, yappi one will do just fine, and probably alert the others...something like a poodle. :cool:

    2) Become lighter sleepers.
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I am a heavy sleeper. My kids have stopped by and picked stuff up or whatever while I was sleeping and I never knew they were here until later. But I do know my dogs would have a FIT because they bark alot......at anything. I am so glad you and your wife are okay, except for the feeling of insecurity.
     
  9. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    That was nice of you to let him go.

    I would hate to hear how Superdave had to spend Cristmas in jail.
     
  10. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Sometime ask Ubergopher how he got police dog bite scars on his leg...
     
  11. mach1337

    mach1337 New Member

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    Yeah definatly time to get a new dog. and probably a shotty too. that is wierd that you didnt hear him especially thru all that.
     
  12. russ

    russ New Member

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    I know, right? I guess it just wasn't his time. In the grand scheme I'm glad I didn't wake up for this. But I'm a glass-half-empty kind of guy and the thoughts I've had about what could have happened will be keeping me awake at night for some time. :(
     
  13. RCgeek

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    Just a good thing nothing bad happened and you get an excuse for a new gun.

    I know our dogs would probably hide in the bedroom in the same situation, and I would probably sleep through all of it. Once I'm asleep I am down for the count, they could break in and steal the bed out from under me as long as they left my pillow alone.

    My wife on the other hand will wake up if somebody 5 houses away shuts a door a little louder than normal.
    Never had any troubles in our neighborhood other than somebody going down the block one night searching unlocked vehicles. I'm about 50/50 when it comes to locking my work rig but I always take the keys out of it. I'm sure the guy enjoyed digging through the mountain of old corn dog wrappers.
     
  14. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    It's stories like this that keep me from getting annoyed when my dog goes off on a barking tangent. She will start going nuts if anything moves outside if for nothing else a couple minutes till she sees it's some woodland creature. I'm usually a pretty heavy sleeper but I seem to be tuned in to the sound of her bark. She can bark one-two times and I'm up.

    I'm happy to hear no harm come to you or your family. It sounds like you have to make a couple adjustments in hopes that you never have to have something similar or much worse happen. In a glass half full frame of mind maybe the hound didn't see a threat from Otis the town drunken pet door crawler. But I would be pretty sure that any dog would have heard someone struggling through a pet door and I don't see that as being someone that would not warrant my attention before he was all the way through.
     
  15. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Russ, good luck on the new shotgun. I was in Jimmy's place today. Everybody and their daughter was in there.

    I am glad you are ok. Grand Junction just gets a little more wierd every day.
     
  16. Yunus

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    Sounds like you handled the situation as well as you could. No one got hurt and you kept your house safe until the cops responded and took over the situation.
     
  17. mach1337

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    cant do that man. if i tought about what could happen all the time id go crazy military and all. just change some things up like put a alarm on the door that goes off when its opened. well the dog door lol.
     
  18. russ

    russ New Member

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    I've definitely gotten complacent in the time I've lived here. It's a pretty good neighborhood, but we've our share of the unlocked-car thefts like RC mentioned. I was so against the doggie door when my wife got it, and finally I caved and agreed to it. That was a little over two years ago. I keep telling myself this was random and no harm done, but like I said, I just tend to think about the what-ifs way too much. I've been that way all my life.
     
  19. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    So, are you content to think he made it through your doggie door? Had to be a small guy.


    Im not a criminal by any means, but getting into a house is easy, and most times can be done with little to no evidence of this being done.

    I was testing 308 loads out at my inlaws place. Mother in law was leaving and asked if she should leave the door unlocked. I told her no, as I didnt forsee me needing in the house, and I knew where the spare key was. Well, after shooting, I had a rebel movement going on in my belly and knew I had to hit a toilet, NOW. Key was not in its place, and im starting to sweat thinking about crapping in the woods. Pulled the screen off the laundry room window and found the window was unlocked. Did my business, put the screen back on, found the spare key hanging on a hook, and returned it to its place.

    Moral being, its your house, you get complacent thinking its secure. Make sure all windows are locked, use dead bolts.


    We have rat terriers and a basset, my dad lives with us and he has a catahoula. WHile the catahoula is a BIG dog, she doesnt bark much and is not mean. MY basset is mean, but really only barks at strangers outside.
    My rat terriers go apesh!t at the slightest sound. They are my house alarm.



    Im happy this turned out well for you, save for a bit of nervousness that you will have for a while. I also commend you on ditching the shotty for the handgun. Longguns arent the best choice for home defense.
     
  20. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    My dog barks for 15 minutes when I plug the christmas lights in in the evening. Because Pengie and Gello the polar bear blow up in the yard.

    My dog loves to scare the mexican guys coming around with lawn care cards. We have a nice fiberglass front door with a window at the top. The storm door is full glass with a screen that hides away in the top rail. They will come up if my wife has the door open and that dog will bail off the couch at 35 mph and hit the door barking like a 150# rotty.

    Long ago in Europe small toy breed dogs where the alarms they notified the humans and the BIG guard dogs that something was not right in their AO.