Neighbor broke in, we can prove he did it, should we be scared?
October 3, 2010 12:30 AM Subscribe
Our downstairs neighbor broke into our apartment, there's a good chance he'll be caught. We don't feel safe.
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Yesterday our apartment got broken into. We don't know exactly how they got in but when we arrived the back door was left ajar but there were no signs of damage to either of the doors.
We immediately suspected our downstairs neighbors. It's an older couple around their 50s and a younger man mid to late 20s, who has a warrant for his arrest in Texas and has tried to sell us meth on many occaions. One of my roommates has let this guy in on several occasions and kind of became friends with him so he has seen the inside of our house. Also none of our stuff was rummaged through and random items were taken (a PS3 but not an Xbox 360) etc. Overall about $2000 worth of electronics.
We had the police come over, CSI came and took fingerprints, couldn't find anything.
Today we confirmed it was definitely our neighbor because one of my roommates went to the pawn shop 2 blocks down and the owner of the shop showed him a video of our neighbor attempting to sell our stuff with his girlfriend and another random guy. The cops came and saw the video, asked my roommate a ton of questions and said the case has been escalated and they'll let us know if anything happens. When my roommate was waiting at the pawn shop for the cops, he saw the neighbor suspect drive by on his bike and they said "hey" so obviously he knows we know it's him.
Also the roommate who went to the pawn shop identified the random guy the neighbor was with at the pawn shop to my other roommate, who noted that the day of the incident a guy of the same description asked to use his cellphone (after the breakin had occured). He didn't let him and said it was extremely peculiar. Could this mean anything?
Also, the day of the incident I called my landlord and told her what we suspected and why (about the drugs, hearing him beating his gf, etc) and she was surprised, said she had never heard anything about this before and today told him he and the neighbors he (and only he, not the older couple he's living with) has to evacuate in 3 days otherwise he's trespassing. So obviously he's going to know this has something to do with us.
I'm very concerned about our safety. I've always felt uncomfortable around this guy and he's super shady with even shadier friends and I feel like they may lash out or try to get revenge if/when they get in trouble.
I've already talked to the landlord about moving out because I feel extremely unsafe. She said she'd think about it and even tried to play it down pointing out constantly that we didn't lock the deadbolts and maybe we left a window open and she doesn't consider it a breakin if we've left a window open. (We live on the second story, there's absolutely no way in through any of the windows unless you have an extremely tall ladder, which is highly highly highly unlikely).
Am I being paranoid about this revenge thing? I think the cops know we might be in some danger because we've seen them patrolling around our house pretty often since the incident.
Is it logical that this guy would try to do something to hurt one of us?
We have no idea what's going to happen but there's definitely enough evidence to bag this guy and the police seem very interested.
If my landlady refuses to let us break our lease (or shorten it, we signed for a year but we're coming up on 6 months in November) is there anything we could do? I work for lawyers and it wouldn't be hard for me to obtain a letter or something to nudge her into letting us leave.