The following communication came from one of our Lake Forest neighbors just this morning. Please be on alert for vagrants or those who are not residents in the neighborhood.
Around 5 a.m. my husband went outside (backyard) with our two dogs and noticed the door to our garden shed was slightly open. We live on Forest Trail in Lake Forest and our house backs up to the wetlands. The yard is fenced (as are our neighbors) and the gates are padlocked. It was very dark but we have a couple of flood lights, which he turned on as he let the dogs out. When he noticed the door to the shed, he approached it (he had a flashlight with him) and a hoe was laying in the middle of the floor along with a battery light. He started walking around the perimeter (our dogs, both GSD mixes, were not alarmed). He then realized an adult male was laying flat on the top of the shed with his head down as if he was sleeping.
Not knowing if this person was armed, he quickly put the dogs back inside, got his phone and called the police. He then watched from the window. I wandered out of the bedroom right after he made the call. Police arrived, 4 officers - between 5-10 minutes. When my husband met them outside and unlocked the gate, he was unable to open it because the intruder had latched the gate from within - something we never do.
Of course, the person managed to slip away at some point and was obviously playing possum on top of the shed, which worked since he was nowhere to be found and is now probably somewhere in the neighborhood.
We don’t have a description and don’t know if he was armed. He had to climb the fence to enter our yard. The neighbor’s gate is also locked. We’re hoping he was trying to take yard equipment (nothing of value is actually in that shed, just a few garden implements) but I suppose he could have been looking for a back entry into the house. It’s all very disconcerting, especially that he latched the gate from the inside AND that he was so silent our dogs weren’t alerted.
All residents should secure their houses and vehicles at all times. Unfortunately, as we approach the holidays, property crime seems to escalate somewhat. Be alert and take all precautions to prevent being a victim of crime. Make a special effort to know your neighbors and what their vehicles look like. Be alert for things that seem out of the ordinary.
Important Numbers for you to remember: Montgomery Police Information - 334-241-2651 Montgomery Fire / Rescue - 334-625-3916 Montgomery Sanitation Department - 334-241-2751 Montgomery Mayor / City Council - 334-625-2096