Friday, July 11, 2008

BREAKing and entering

A fellow squadmate stopped at an abandoned building to show his trainee how thieves had stripped it of copper piping and wiring. It used to be an upscale restaurant in a very pricey part of the city. The owner up and left one day and it has been sitting vacant ever since. For the past few years, the place has been vandalized, burglarized and used by transients as a high rise apartment.

As the officer and his trainee drove up to a rear door they saw the padlock had been cut. The y walked up, opened the door and looked insided. They could hear a few people talking and then heard footsteps coming down the staircase towards them. They drew their guns and waited for the burglars to come around the bend in the stairway. Soon, a man and two women appeared on the steps carrying buckets of wiring and pipes. The officers commanded them to drop the items and come down the stairs. Two of them complied but one woman ran back up the stairs to hide in the building.

The two compliant burglars were arrested and several other officers arrived to set up a perimeter around the building. We had the place surrounded and were awaiting the K-9 officer to arrive. We knew it would only be a matter of time before the police dog found her inside.

As we waited for the K-9 to arrive I heard a woman's scream from inside the building followed by a loud crash. Then we heard her yell "Help!" a few times. Believing this to be a possible ploy, we all held our positions outside the building to await for an entry team to arrive with the dog to go in and get her out. A few minutes later, however, she came crawling out covered in blood. She said she was hiding in the ceiling when the tiles gave way sending her crashing to the floor. She cut herself on debris and was complaining of neck pain. She was taken to the hospital and found to have a broken neck. I wonder how she felt lying in a hospital bed with a police officer posted next to her knowing as soon as she was discharged she would be heading for jail for felony burglary.

10 Comments:

At July 12, 2008 11:11 PM, Blogger Officer "Smith" said...

See, and the dog didn't even get a bite. I'm telling you, criminals are getting "stupider" if that's even a word. Poor pooch.

 
At July 13, 2008 7:09 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

I would have put the dog on her anyway. She deserved it.
Copper theft is big business here and it is driving the builders into a frenzy.

TV

 
At July 13, 2008 9:14 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

I have said it before and I know I'll say it again...

The human capacity for stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

 
At July 15, 2008 4:56 AM, Anonymous Johnny said...

Copper theft is a big problme here in the UK too. Nice bit of natural justice, her falling through the roof heh heh.

 
At July 16, 2008 2:34 AM, Blogger kvegas911 said...

Self-correcting problem. LOL.

 
At July 26, 2008 8:12 AM, Blogger Aileen said...

We have had a rash of thefts of catalytic converters her in Ohio. Cars parked right in the middle of a mall parking lot. They slide under and cut them out and then go back one by one and grab them up and throw them in the back of pick-up trucks...all in broad daylight. Unbelievable!

 
At July 31, 2008 11:35 AM, Blogger Bobby G. said...

Off. Gary:
Suh-weet collar!

I did a post TODAY on scrappers...you might find it interesting.

Stay safe

B.G.
(Ft.Wayne, IN)

 
At August 01, 2008 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Post ? Howie

 
At August 05, 2008 1:52 AM, Blogger TheBronze said...

Hopefully you didn't forget that Conspiracy charge!

 
At January 27, 2015 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really think she deserved all that? I mean its just some fucking copper i fucking rob people all the time go in their cars and take all sorts of shit. Leaving over a thousand dollars cash in your car? Now that's stupidity. Fuck this pig and his shitty blog and all you self righteous fucks can go kill yourself.

 

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