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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.”