March 16, 2009

One on Every Block

I probably read too many British crime novels, but I love this story that is baffling police in the small English town of Highbridge.

Apparently, some amateur sleuth is tipping off police to all sorts of wrong-doings, from drug arrests to people not paying their licence fees to TV cable thieves.

The tips arrive in the mail, plain black on white, and have led to all sorts of arrests.

They are wondering if it's a retired cop, or crime novel enthusiast (here's where I wildly wave my hand around like a loser).

See, my father was this guy. He prowled around at all hours, his childhood farmboy hours latching onto 24 years of shift work, which eventually teamed up with his insomnia. Nobody in this court could move without my father knowing what was up. One time, he snuck up on a couple who were sitting in a parked car on the street. He rapped on the driver's window, scaring the crap out of them. In his defence, it was the ungodly hour of 11pm. How dare they?

He knew what people put out for garbage. Hell, he would help himself to stuff that was still 'perfectly good'. My mother would weep. I will give him this, however: he never checked out people's expired licence plates, and he wouldn't have known an illegal satellite dish if it hit him in the head.

As for the person in Highbridge, intent on protecting her (I'm thinking nosy old woman here - forgive my sexism) neighbours?

I'm thinking they probably all want to stone her to death.


Blogger Webgod Jeff said...

When my car was totaled a couple of years ago I got a ride with an officer (name escapes me, great guy) in one of those stealth Chargers down to the cop shop on King William. The entire time he was checking for expired licence plates.

Maybe your dad didn't check, but don't think no one is...

March 16, 2009 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol.... that is just toooo funny! We had a neighbor like that. It was in one way a pain, and in another, safe... No one would try to back a truck up to your house and take off with your stuff!

March 17, 2009 6:00 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Crime stories from the UK?

Rebus rules!

March 18, 2009 8:10 PM  

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