December 15th, 2005 | Published in old and busted
Father, son accused of burglarizing SE PDX home(reg. req.):
> The incident unfolded around 11 a.m. when the girl, who was staying home from school because of illness, heard a knock on her door in the 7300 block of SE Terrace Trails Drive.
She looked out, but didn’t recognize the person who then walked around to the back of the house.
Suddenly, someone was in the home’s crawl space.
The teen called her mom, who in turn phoned police. But in the mean time, Tyson Beavers, who was by now on the first floor, was walking upstairs to the room where the girl was hiding, police said.
“Apparently the guy that was up in the room searching around for some odd reason looked under the bed and she was under the bed, scared. He looked at her, she looked at him, there was a pause for a minute, and he had a bat in his hand,” said one of the girl’s family members, who did not want to be identified.
The burglar fled down the stairs, calling out to his accomplice.
The police told some burglarized friends of ours that the door-knocking thing is a pretty standard MO for burglars. If they hear someone moving around inside, they just leave. Since learning that, and since consulting the neighborhood crime map, which shows a lot of apparently serial, daytime burglaries, I’m a lot more pointed about going downstairs to answer the door, even if I’d rather not be bothered.
My grandfather had his own burglary solution: He just tied appliance cords to the doorknobs and balanced the appliances so they’d fall off with only slight disturbance of the door. He jumped my aunt when she set off one of his alarms like that. It took her a while to stop calling him “that man” after the incident.