"This morning at around 10:30-ish, a young man came to my door. After pacing up and down Pickford at least twice, he came around to the front of the property; ignored our “wet paint” sign; trotted up onto our newly refinished porch; knocked on the front door and, when that got no immediate response, started loudly banging on an adjacent window.
Here’s the strangest part, though: He had a cell phone to his ear, but kept repeatedly asking me if there was a “Jeffrey” here. When I said no, he said something into the cell phone, turned and started walking away from the house fairly quickly. He didn’t stop at any other houses but kept walking at a fast pace down the block, headed toward Hauser on Pickford."
RESPONSE FROM SENIOR LEAD OFFICER ADAM GREEN:
"This is how it happens: They're casing houses for potential burglary targets in your area. They either live in the community or they are driven through by a partner. Someone will drive in, and drop the partner off at a corner or down the block. The person gets out, knocks doors, rings doorbells, bangs on windows. If there is no answer, he gets on his cell phone, calls his buddy and advises him, 'I am going to break in.' The whole time the burglar is inside, he is letting other guy know to be on lookout; that’s exactly what happened to you. He tested your home. Go ahead advise everybody on NextDoor to watch for that individual."