Somewhere between 3:00 and 4:00 this morning the power went out. Fortunately I have an alarm clock with a backup battery and I had set my cell phone’s alarm.
I’m also glad that I have a gas stove, or I would have been drinking cold coffee this morning. And the water was still hot, so I was able to brush my teeth and take my shower. Inconvenient, but not a real hardship.
It wasn’t until about noon when my day went completely topsy-turvey. I got a voicemail from my roommate telling me he had just got home from a doctor’s appointment to find the house had been broken into. First, and (knock on wood) hopefully last, time this has happened in the 20 years I’ve lived here.
We think that they were interrupted because all they got was my roommate’s iPad and some jewelry. It looks like they were in the middle of going through his room when he returned home, and had no time to go through the rest of the house. When he came in, his inside bedroom door was wide open, as were both the back doors (I have an enclosed back porch).
They got in through the bathroom window, which I had left wide open. I usually do this (but no longer will) because it opens up into the enclosed porch. I also left the porch door unlocked, though I did lock the house door. Now, the weird thing here is that they had to take out the screen to get in the bathroom window, and the screen is nowhere to be found. They stole that also.
I told my roommate to go ahead and call the police, went down to the office to tell them what happened and headed right home. A police officer came and then a CSU person showed up.
This part was actually quite interesting. With a homicide they may tape off the entire crime scene, but in this case she let me follow her around, watch, ask questions and learn. I had to stay out of her pictures, but got to watch her pull a shoe print off the bathtub. You can see the footprint tape in the light spot of the picture if you look hard (and click on it to make it bigger).
I would have gotten better pictures, but I brought my good camera to school (thank God) and had only my cell phone camera for pictures. But at least I learned that a good fingerprint is actually better than DNA, although (unlike on TV) they are hard to come by. Most people, especially when they are moving around an unfamiliar house, don’t put their fingers down on something and pick them up without moving them a little bit, thereby smudging the print. She told me that when she is drinking something, puts down her glass and it has a nice clean print on it, she’ll just look at it and think “Why can’t I ever get that at work?” I also found out that brushed metal sucks for fingerprinting, glass and porcelain are the best. Oh, and they actually do have shoe print and tire track databases,
Anyway, it was interesting, the bathroom window now has a pipe in it to keep the window from opening more than 3” and I’m going to be locking both back doors when I leave for work from now on.
Oh, and the power finally came back on around 3:15, just about 12 hours after it went out. Which, by the way, is probably why my house got broken into today. The CSI says that happens when power goes out, no alarms, look for an easy in and bada-bim, bada-boom. No more easy ins here.