Cathy Manuel woke up to a man in her home in Moncton’s old west end, in the latest of what residents are calling a rash of thefts in the neighbourhood.
Around 5 a.m., Manuel thought she heard someone downstairs. At first she assumed it must be her house guest.
“But the more I heard, the more I wondered, should I go down and check on him.”
Once on the main floor, she noticed all the lights were on, all her cupboards and drawers were open, and the door to both her backyard and garage were wide open.
It hit her, “someone was in my house.”
She followed the noise and ran out through her attached garage and saw someone on the sidewalk holding a bag. She yelled at the man, asking if he’d been in the house.
“Probably not the wisest decision, but when you’re in that moment and somebody has compromised your security it’s a decision you take.”
He yelled back that it must have been someone else who was in her home, then he ran off.
Peter Ryan walks the streets of his his old west end neighbourhood in the early morning hours with his dog to let people know someone is watching. (Submitted by Peter Ryan)
The thief got in through the garage door, that Manuel had forgotten to close. She said there wasn’t a lot stolen, just her debit card, which she cancelled.
“I think it would have been different if bikes were stolen from my garage, or I wasn’t home and somebody came in, but the fact that I was home really is what bothered me.”
But there were neighbours watching, and…