The call came out as a reckless driver. The complainant was following a white pickup truck which was weaving in and out of traffic. The passenger was flashing "obscene gestures" at other motorists. The complainant was on the phone with dispatch and continued following the truck until it turned into a neighborhood.
One of the day shift deputies arrived in the area before I did and found the truck parked in front of a house. I arrived about thirty seconds later as he was on the radio saying we had a possible burglary in progress. It seems he found footprints in a flower bed which led to a broken window. I posted myself on the northeast corner while he postes himself on the southwest corner and we waited for backup. A construction worker who was in the area gave us a description of the two dirtbags involved and said he had seen them go to the front door, but hadn't seen them since.
A few minutes later two more units arrived and we entered the house with guns drawn to clear it. In the living room a plasma TV had been removed from the entertainment center and was sitting on the floor. There were footprints on the stairs leading from the basement to the entertainment center and out the back door.
Two more units were en-route and found two males matching the description given walking through a park northbound away from the scene. They took them down at gunpoint and returned them to the scene. Miranda was read and confessions were obtained. Apparently the son of the homeowner owed these two nitwits drug money. They decided to take anything they could get their hands on as payment. They didn't seem to care that their target no longer lived in the home. They told us we rolled up just as they were removing the TV so they bolted out the back door before we set up containment.
I got to take one of these nitwits to jail which gave me a chance to break out the new "Going to Jail" playlist on my iPOD for his listening pleasure. First on the list was "We are all on Drugs" by Weezer, next was "Guilty" by Gravity Kills, then "Rape Me" by Nirvana, "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi, and so on until "The Point of No Return" which is reserved for when we pass through the large sally port doors at the jail.... Golly that was fun! (there would be links to each of these band's web sites if I could figure out how to add them without Blogger showing each as a bullet point.... I'm no tech geek so there's no links at this time.)
It never ceases to amaze me how people who don't want to deal with the cops manage to bring attention to themselves. These two fools were no exception. I always thought if I were on the other side of the law I'd try to keep a low profile. I guess some folks haven't figured that out yet.