I called my Mom this morning and asked "What's new?"
She replied that the sheriff's deputy had just left after filling out a theft report. She got up this morning and discovered that someone had stolen the downspouts from the rain gutters on her garage. OK, I know that times may be tough, but that has to be a new definition for petty theft. How much could you get for the scrap aluminum in five 12 foot long downspouts? Maybe enough for lunch at McDonald's. They also tried to break into her storage building (for the third time) but she has a mega-lock on it now and they didn't get far.
This is absolutely ridiculous. To know there is someone low and miserable enough out there that they would steal the rain gutters from an 86 year old woman's property - and the pitiful thing is that she is 90% certain she knows who did it, and it's a neighbor. But how do you prove it?
She's having the power company install a new mercury vapor light on the utility pole so that the back yard is better illuminated. But that doesn't remedy the fact that the neighborhood is seriously going downhill. It used to be that in the area where I grew up most people didn't have a lot of money, but they weren't trash. Now it seems it's being overrun with sleazy people who will pick up anything that's not nailed down (and yank down stuff that is) and walk away with it. Floodlights probably won't deter them.