When I left at 6:45 I noticed someone was walking down the corridor near the stuff...figured still strange, but that they were cleaning out and moving out.
As I left, I saw in another corridor that two units were open, that was strange as no one was there and again stuff was out on the catwalk. I walked up to them to see if someone was in there, no one was and the locks were on the ground broken. Another robbery and it seemed that someone was still in the bldg other then me.
I immediately began to leave and called 911.
Has I was on the phone with the police telling them what was happening I also thought about what I was going to say to them so I would not be found out as living there, plus I had a bag of garbage in my hands...had to get rid of that before the cops arrived, avoid more questions. I dropped the trash off in a trash bin near by.
As I waited for the police to arrive I saw a truck that had been parked close to the scene was leaving.
I stood close to the gate, but not too close in case they jumped out for me. The police used my description of the vehicle and pulled the truck over after it left.
I went back in to the building and counted 9 units had been broken in to. I went back out to wait for the police. Several very cold minutes later as I watch them pass by the facility, and then turning on their sirens to stop the truck that was just a couple of blocks away, they finally arrived. I told them that I had come in for my gym bag and what I had seen. They of course asked for my ID and gave it to them and showed them everything that I had seen.
I wasn't asked any questions about me being there which was good. They had questioned the guys about them being there, they said that they were getting their gardening stuff, which the police verified was in their unit, which was close to the break ins. I confirmed that there were a lot of gardeners there renting units. They let me go.
I'm not scared of being there at night, but it raised some interesting questions about the robbery happening while I was asleep.
When I returned to the facility, I stoped by the office and was welcomed with a hand shake from the property manager, and with a thank you. While in the back of my mind, I was concerned about questions as to me being there, there were none, so I relaxed just a tiny bit. As I stood there I could see them going through the video, luckily they had already determined who it was and what time it had happened.
Here is an interesting tid bit. I'm about 75 feet away from the storage units that were broken into. The cameras tag the criminals at 1:30 AM coming in and leaving at 2:17 AM. At 2:15 AM, I awake and turned off my heater that I had on at the time. I also relieved myself. I wonder if me making noise at that time may have scarred them off? I had turned off a loud machine, and was moving around in the unit...was that enough noise for them to get jumpy and leave? They left out a door that was less then 25 feet from me. An interesting aspect to all of this.
While I am not scared about the criminals, I was actually more concerned about being found out and being kicked out. Time will tell as to what may happen there. For now, it appears that I am ok.
Clearly with all of the changes going on in my life, I need to make another critical one...move out!
I can only pray for continued growth in my business which will allow for me to have the money to move into an apartment in short time.
Life goes on...I go on