Hick missed a meeting Saturday morning, due to his Storage Unit Store proprietorship. He's down to only Saturdays and Sundays lately because of his FREE RIDES to medical facilities. He doesn't want to miss out on any $1 profits!
Anyhoo... while proprieting, he got a text from our dog-groomer neighbor across the road. She said a meeting was being convened around 10:00 on the Creach (our creek beach) by Mailbox Row. The subject to be discussed was the recent mail theft problem. She had a package stolen on August 10. I guess that's in addition to the one she had Hick looking for previously.
Anyhoo... somebody had a picture of a suspect and his car, and the license plate. I'm not sure if he's the thief, but it's a car I have seen several times on the blacktop road between the mailboxes and the county lettered highway. I'm out and about between 12:30 and 2:30. That's when I see the car. That's the time frame when the mail arrives.
Anyhoo... Hick doesn't know how we're going to solve this problem. He didn't mention the meeting to me. In all fairness, I would have been in bed or freshly arisen. But my suggestion is that we residents set up a watch party. I know many of us are not working. How hard would it be to schedule 15-20 minute intervals between, perhaps, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. I would be happy to serve a window.
How hard could it be? Sit in your car parked in the shade by the Creach, and take a picture of any car or person that seems like it's going to stop, and leaves because they see you. Or take a picture of anybody you don't recognize, checking the mailboxes. If they really live here, they'll understand. If not, then who cares if they get mad? Or ask them what road they live on, and see if they give a reasonable answer. For example, the road name at the Creach does not have any houses on it. So if they give that as an address, you'll know they're lying.
The residents with mailboxes over on the other county road have also been experiencing thefts. A couple of them chased a gray Nissan that stopped at their mailboxes at 1:00 a.m., but lost it. ALSO, a couple who live over near those mailboxes had a home break-in. They put up the video of the thief on our enclave's Facebook page. He walked in through the woods, carrying a duffel bag and backpack, wearing a mask, with a baseball cap and a headlamp, and something on his arms that Hick said looked like protection to use when smashing in windows.
This thief was similar to the picture taken in broad daylight at our Mailbox Row, but our guy had no sideburns, and a longer hairline on his neck. They both looked like young dudes in their 20s. It was quite creepy seeing this thief moving around in the dark. I'm guessing that he parked elsewhere, and walked in through the shallow creek, then came in through the woods behind their house. The timestamp on their video was 12:38 a.m.
Huh. I'm always awake at that time, with lights on. In addition, we have the dogs who go crazy at night, baying and galloping around the porch. I'll pay more attention to their antics now. Probably go upstairs and turn on the porch light. Thieves hate that, you know!
Hick says the people who got robbed don't have a dog. Maybe that's what has kept us unrobbed. It would be hard to walk into our yard without the fleabags raising a ruckus.