Catching A Burglar

At 4am, on a Friday night a few weeks ago, a noise woke Gavin and I. Gavin tiptoed to the bathroom window to peer out, and I sat bolt upright in bed. Suddenly, there was a movement at the bedroom blinds and a hand pushed its way through the open window. I screeched, Gavin looked out in time to see two men rushing out the front gate.

They’d climbed the stairs and opened the upstairs deck gate, attracted by what appeared to be an open, unguarded window. Our upstairs burglar bars are see-through so as not to spoil the view, they’re also virtually invisible, especially at night.

We didn’t hear any sound the next night, but on Sunday morning we could see footprints in the mud and tracks up the stairs. These guys were just not giving up, and we were pretty sure that they’d be back to try again.

Sure enough, the very next Friday, at about 3.30am, we heard the gate again. This time we made no sound. Gavin snuck downstairs and I pressed the panic button (twice, just to be sure!).

The armed response guy was here in less than 2 minutes, the burglar heard him but it was too late for escape. By the time he’d run down the stairs and tried to vault over the wall, the security guy was on the thief and had him in handcuffs.    The burglar had come alone this time, we later found out that his crony was breaking into a house 100 metres down the road.

The cops came and took our captive away to the Knysna police station where he spent the week-end in jail. He was charged with trespassing (!), paid an admission of guilt fine, and was out on Monday afternoon. We’ve had two peaceful week-ends since then so I am hoping he has figured that robbing our house is just too much hassle.

Our crime story made the local paper, check out the link.


5 Responses to “Catching A Burglar”

  1. 1 ian in hamburg February 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Wow, that’s pretty quick response by the security company. Do they patrol at all times of the day and night? It doesn’t sound as if you roused them out of bed to have them get over there so quickly.

  2. 2 Jeannine February 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    They patrol 24/7, two cars in our tiny little village, so they are here within 5 minutes. That night the guy was just down the road, hence the two minutes. Excellent service.
    The cops on the other hand took over an hour to get here. Sedgefield only has one police van, and twice a day it is gone for an hour as they drive through to Knysna to do shift change. So for two hours in 24 we have no police van at all – a fact not unnoticed by miscreants!

  3. 3 shoreacres February 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Good gosh – what an experience, or series of experiences.

    That police response time was the first thing I noticed. And the charge of trespassing. That doesn’t seem quite right. Was the release from jail after paying the fine the same as a bond, here? Here, you pay your bond, get out of the slammer and then show up for your trial. That’s the hope, anyway. Will there be a trial down the road?

    I laughed when you said you screeched. I’ve had two encounters with the riff-raff. The first time, I was mugged for my purse. The second, a nice fellow with a crowbar was busily letting himself into the house when I walked into the living room. Both times, I screamed my bloody head off. I didn’t know I had it in me. I so startled the fellow with the crowbar he made a flying leap over a concrete wall and may still be going.

    I hope the word on the street is to leave those folks down on Fish Eagle alone!

  4. 4 oh September 15, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Whew! Gutsy, you are! It’s a strange rub up against reality to have someone break in. Glad you caught your thief.

  5. 5 Lisa June 16, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Jeannine, I’m wondering what happened. Are you guys still in Sedgefield? Did you pack it in and travel the world? Are there still wildlife leaving tracks in the butter? What happened?

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