Photos by MJ Klein
It was just after 3:00 am when I heard a crash and what sounded like breaking glass. I was asleep of course so I couldn’t be sure what happened, exactly. I distinctly remember the sound of something on the roof maybe? Definitely that sound of something hitting concrete and I swear, sheet metal. I leaped out of bed, flashlight in hand and did a floor-by-floor inspection of our house. I found nothing. I looked outside and I saw a familiar person walking around, smoking (that guy is always smoking). This guy is out and about in his parking lot office at all hours of the morning. He has friends joining him in his office (with blacked-out windows) very late at night. I guess the business of running a parking lot with 7 or 8 customers is so demanding that he has to work late at night to keep up with all that paperwork. I saw another person hurriedly exiting the tall building across the street, carrying a bucket. Mind you, this building is unoccupied and there were no lights on. I’m telling you, there is some kind of funny business going on in my neighborhood.
The following morning I went into our second-floor office and I got a big surprise:
I found holes in two of our office windows. The windows are built into a corner of the building and are at right angles to each other. In this photo I used my thumb for scale.
Each hole knocked a nice spall out of the glass.
Naturally, being a professional field investigator, I analyzed what happened and will now present my findings to you.
First, let’s take a look at the impact sites relative to each other:
As I said, the windows are at right angles to each other. Someone threw a rock that first hit the rear window (the left one in this photo), after which the rock immediately ricocheted and subsequently hit the front window. In this case, the height of the impact point on the second window is higher because the rock was thrown from below and angled upwards. In this shot you can see how the impact on the right is higher than the one on the left. The first impact nearly shattered the window as there is a split in the glass that didn’t happen on the second hit. The rock lost much of it’s energy on that first hit.
The nearly simultaneous occurrence of the two impact events explains why I only heard one event.
The sound of “something hitting concrete” can be explained because directly underneath these 2 windows is a concrete pad. In this photo the very bottom of the first impact window can be seen in the upper left. The rock hit the second window and by that point had lost most of it’s energy. It dropped to this pad and rolled off it. Just beyond the concrete pad is the sheet metal awning covering the carport.
This is the sheet metal awning outside the concrete pad. It’s a bit difficult to see, but immediately to the right of the awning in this shot, is part of the dark green awning that covers the front of the house. There is a short vertical wall that I believe may have contained the rock and deflected it onto the awning.
If you look carefully you can see the hole in the second impact window at the top left. Now look at the bottom right, next to the concrete pole. That is where the rock fell after bouncing down the awning. The rock is still there.
There is one aspect that the coward who threw this rock failed to take into account. The dog across the street. This is the dog that barks every morning when the mailman comes, every evening when the trash truck comes, every time a strange person walks by, every time another dog wanders past – basically all the time. This dog is not capable of determining something unusual or out of the ordinary, so he just barks at anything he feels like barking at. He does not however, bark at me or certain other individuals with whom he has become acquainted. So, I want this point to sink in:
Someone threw a rock and hit 2 of our windows, making a loud crash of breaking glass, followed by the sound of a rock rattling it’s way down a concrete pad to a sheet metal awning and then falling to the street. The person who threw the rock was standing in the street in front of our house, in plain view of this dog.
The dog did not make a single sound….