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UPDATE: Please see the end of this article.
Our home has a 4th floor balcony, and we’ve written about stuff we’ve done up there before. The doorway onto the balcony is a set of sliding glass doors, and a single screen door. We keep the screen door closed so we can simply slide open the right-hand glass door to get some air circulation. So, naturally, when Hui-chen was up on the 4th floor and noticed the screen door was on the left side, she asked me about it. I told her that I hadn’t opened those doors in at least a week, and she told me that the screen door was not where it should be. It was at that point that I went and took a look.
There was an unknown set of footprints on our balcony! Obviously, someone had come down the stairs from our roof and had tried our sliding glass doors to see if they were unlocked! I got my Nikon D7000 and immediately started to document everything.
This footprint belongs to the perpetrator. I decided to go up the stairs and see if I could find more footprints, and perhaps determine where this guy came from.
This footprint is right beside the stairs and eliminates all doubt about where the perpetrator came from.
Following proper investigative protocol, I’ve photographed this footprint with a reference scale. Feel free to circulate this photo if you like.
Indeed, there were footprints on the roof. I found that all the other homes in our development had been visited by this perpetrator also. Footprints don’t lie.
The footprints lead to the construction site at the end of our development complex. The perpetrator is either one of the workers (which is usually the case here in Taiwan) or some outsider who used the site as an opportunity to gain access to our roof.
For reference, this is my footprint on the left, with the perpetrator’s footprint on the right. This is not a small person by any means.
It should have been relatively easy to find the person who did this. I’m confident that if I was able to personally conduct an investigation, starting with the workers at the construction site, I would have been able to identify a suspect within a few minutes. We know the owner of the new house being built, and when we informed this person of what happened, they refused to take any action whatsoever. They didn’t want us questioning the construction boss or making any “trouble.” We also contacted the police, who (incredulously) told us that footprint evidence wasn’t strong enough to warrant an investigation!
We have since discontinued our association with the house owner, whom we previously thought was a friend of ours. We now know better.
The neighbor has apologized for what happened. All seems well now.
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