THIS happened last night, just a few hours ago...
1 AM or so. We had heard an alarm ten minutes ago somewhere near. I though "somebody forgot to shut it down".
My house was in silence. I was watching The Dark Corner with one of my brothers, the younger one. Mark Stevens and Lucille Ball were in the scene of a crime: a guy was lying there, dead, after a fight.
The bedrooms in my house face the backyard: there there's a pool (with green water right now) and between the pool and the wall, a very small garden and a narrow corridor.
The movie continued. Mark was desperate because he couldn't figure it out who was after him.
Suddenly...CRASH! We hear a window breaking next door. My very first thought was: "maybe the neighbors are fighting and someone threw an object to the window" (so stupid).
But then someone stepped in the broken window, very loudly. My brother paused the film and opened the curtains of the large window. It was very dark outside.
And this is what happened next: I heard someone shooting and then...I saw someone jumping over our wall and landing in the narrow corridor!
I thought: "Oh no, this guy is armed!"
So I said to my brother: "Get down, get down, they're shooting!!"
From the floor I could see the figure of the intruder: he was tall and he was wearing large sized white tennis shoes.
I started shouting: "There's a guy in the backyard! There's a guy in the backyard!". The guy moved to the corner, which was darker so I couldn't see him very well.
I was waiting for our window to break any minute with a shot.
I heard the rest of my family moving. My dad stepped out and shot, aiming a tall tree, so the guy would freeze.
But the guy, from the corner, jumped to the next house. My dad went after him and reached the wall. I still didn't know if there were more armed burglars or what, so I said "Dad, come down, they can shoot you!".
Then we heard (trembling) voices. The neighbor from the first house was asking where the guy went. He explained that this guy broke his window to escape. Then other neighbor said they saw someone running from his backyard through the pub they own and reach the main street (our block is next to the main square of the city).
Seconds later the police was there asking us what had we seen. The policeman said they had captured a tall guy, he knew who he was and that one of the things that stood out in him was the large sized tennis shoes. I confirmed what I had seen.
It seems that there were two, unarmed guys. They were stealing in the house next door when the alarm sounded. They ran but nobody came, so they went back. The only thing they could take was a radio and then the neighbor shot. That's why one of the guys broke the window. A woman had seen the guys entering the house, so she called the police. That's why they where here so fast.
This whole episode was unusual, but for some reason, I had always thought about what would happen if someone used our house as a way to escape, like in the movies.
So, that's it. Then I couldn't finish The Dark Corner, I saw a couple of episodes of The Jetsons instead to relax a bit.
I'll make this week menu of "Lovely things from Tumblr" later.