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We live in a very safe subdivision on a cul-de-sac where everyone purchased their home and is new on the street. All neighbors have children and there are good vibes all around. We have about 5 unfinished houses on our block that will be complete in 3 months or so.

When we moved in last year - 2 months after moving in - the cops knocked on our door and said someone stole $20k worth of roof shingles and if we knew anything about it...nada.

Two days ago, while making my daughter's bed for bedtime, I saw this guy walking toward the end of the block by the unfinished houses. There was no doubt that I saw him and he glanced at me through the window. After I turned off the lights in the room I still continued to watch. He went in one house and pulled out wood trim and placed it in the other house to collect more wood.

At this time I called non emergency and gave details of the guy and at this point I had no idea it was our neighbor, until he took the materials back to his garage. He made 2 trips and shut the garage door.

While I was on the phone with the PD, the cop cars went to his door based on my directions. I hung up and continued to look through my blinds (he was 5 houses down). I can tell they questioned him about the materials and stayed approximately 20 minutes there.

How it ended: He did not get arrested, he returned the materials to the site (while doing the walk of shame) and I believe they gave him a ticket.
I estimated it to be $300 worth of trim.

I told my wife that future block parties will be awkward. We have a GREAT relationship with the neighbors to the left and right of them. They always seemed standoffish though.

The subdivision does have a FB group page but I didn't say anything about it.
I put 2 and 2 together and noticed he likes to make wooden furniture in his garage so he was looking for "free wood" and got busted.

I noticed him and his wife are cyclists by the bikes in their garage. You know the feeling when you have a shared interest with someone before you are actually friends? I believe this killed that. It is what it is.

I'm over it and he knows he was in the wrong, but it's just awkward.
 

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i hope it doesn't get past "awkward," as that sort of thing could easily escalate.
 

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does he know it was you who called?
 

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You can be my neighbor anyday. Heck, I will nominate your for head of the neighborhood watch (got one?)

Awkward? Sure. But not because of your actions. Don't overthink here too much.

That said...the possible hindsight second guessing: how well did you see the trim? There is a big difference between 12' clean new trim and 2' left overs pulled from the dumpster. But if the dumpster was in clear sight and he goes past it into the house and comes out with longs, time to call someone. If a dude was clearly dumpster diving (doesn't sound like it) I might have given a pass.

If you want to agonize over something...should you post to the neighborhood FB group "hey, remember to be careful around the current builds...there was $20k worth of shingles stole and we should all be on the lookout for suspicious activity"
 

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I doubt the same guy stole $20k worth of shingles. Those things are so heavy that I doubt most thieves would even want to bother.

Just because he's your neighbor doesn't make stealing stuff OK.

He might suspect you called it in, but he's got no way of knowing for sure.
 

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How it ended: He did not get arrested, he returned the materials to the site (while doing the walk of shame) and I believe they gave him a ticket.
He may not have been arrested then. But you don't know what happened after. He might have received a summons to court.

Call the police and ask them. Ask for a copy of the police report. Ask if he was charged. Share that info with your neighbors.

Oh and if you don't already, get a security cam system.
 

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The village should stone him for his crime.
 

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Good for you... I would rat the bastard out too, now get your self a security cam. Knowing you have thief on the block, who knows what he will try and steal next.

And on the flip side to keep things cool... continue to wave, smile and say high when ever you seem him.

If he see's you installing cameras outside and approaches you, play dumb and reply with "haven't you heard about the stealing going on around the neighborhood, just want to keep my family safe".
 

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