123. A Thief on the Sidewalk

She looked at the man walking along the next to the nice houses. He didn’t live any of those houses. She had seen this several times before. He looked like a criminal. knew not to judge a book by its , but this man was no good. She drove him. He looked at her car as she by. She continued driving. She watched him in rear view mirror. She got to the corner stopped. She continued to watch him walking in direction. Suddenly, he turned left up a driveway. red SUV was parked in the driveway right to the sidewalk. She saw him walk up the driver’s door and put his hand on handle. He returned to the sidewalk and continued in her direction. What was that all about, wondered. Then she realized that he had tested door to see if it was locked. He a criminal, she thought. That’s what he does. just walks through our neighborhoods looking for cars break into. She called the police. She described . The officer said he knew who the man . Residents called two or three times a week report him walking by. But the police couldn’t him for walking around. They had to catch with stolen goods. “But he was testing that door to see if it was unlocked,” she . “I’m sorry,” said the officer. “That’s not against law. If you see him actually steal something, us a call.”