It’s such a strange and scary experience to get a knock on your door at 3am, which happened to me this past Saturday. The tension was somewhat eased once I realized it was the police versus some stranger, but then the rush and flush set in wondering what on Earth could be wrong. It couldn’t be my kids; they’re 3 and 4 1/2, in bed safe and sound. The only other thing I could deduce was that one of my horse’s escaped and was out on the road to Dunkin Donuts or some other 24-hour hangout (where else would a horse go, right?!) I live on a 6-acre farm, and all of my animals have, at one time or another, liberated themselves from their vinyl-fence prisons; this would be nothing new.
The officer quickly informed me, unfortunately, that the warehouse section of Airbrush Action had been broken into. The adrenaline and fright of the situation was much to bear (typically, I’m a pretty solid crisis manager, but this just struck me the wrong way at the worst hour) and the officer was kind enough to drive me to the crime scene less than a mile away. If nothing else, this story should serve as an allegory for having an alarm system, which we do, and use religiously at Airbrush Action.
The perpetrator(s), whom I believe are neighborhood kid(s), smashed the wire mesh window of the rear door of the building next to the loading docks. We believe the idiots split immediately after the motion detector triggered the alarm. Nothing seemed damaged or stolen, except for the door, of course, which was boarded up until the new one is installed.
The Wall Township Police were terrific as they arrived at Airbrush Action 30 seconds after being contacted by the alarm monitoring company. There were five officers on the scene waiting until the detective arrived. I was told that, leading up to Halloween, these incidents are most likely to happen. Although the ending was somewhat happy because all was safe, I still find it quite unsettling and creepy that this can happen even in the best neighborhoods. Please excuse my naiveté, but I’ve lived in Allenwood for nearly 16 years and this was a first.