We hear about all the problems with LEO's, so I figured I ought to comment on my very pleasant run-in with 3 members of the Leominster, MA Police Department last evening.....
I was meeting my girlfriend Jen at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Leominster for dinner at 7:00 last night. I arrived about 10-15 minutes early, and as I was sitting there in the car waiting for her, I suddenly heard someone try to open the front-passenger side door of my car. I looked over and there was a woman leaning towards the door. I thought at first it might by my girlfriend, so I moved to exit the vehicle. As I got out the woman came around the back of the rear of my vehicle and it definitely was not my girlfriend. I said... "Excuse ME?!" She was obviously shocked to realize there had been somebody in the vehicle and she responded "Oh, I'm really sorry." and moved on rather quickly.
I then proceeded to watch her try to gain entry to at least a half dozen other vehicles the same way she'd tried to get into mine. She was not able to access any of the vehicles while I was watching. At that moment my girlfriend arrived. I made sure she locked the doors to her car, and when we went inside the restaurant I informed the staff of what was going on outside. They told me she'd come in asking to use the phone a few minutes earlier and that they'd tell the manager.
As we were waiting for our dinner to arrive, the manager approached our table and asked me if I was the one who had reported the woman in the parking lot. I informed her that I was and she indicated that the Leominster Police were outside and wanted to speak with me. I went outside to find three Leominster Police Officers talking with the woman I'd seen earlier. They had a selection of items laid out on the grass strip between the parking lot and the road and were asking her where they'd all come from. One of the officer's approached me, asked me to tell him what had happened, and then took my information. He was totally polite and seemed to be genuinely thankful that I'd been willing to report the incident. He told me that they'd get in touch with me if they needed anything else. While I was out there the officers also had the restaurant manager inform the woman that she is no longer welcome on the property.
So, see there are instances where the cops aren't total A-Holes, as it would seem some of you might believe. I'm just hoping they throw the book at this thief.