Here at the not so retired retirement village, we had one exciting morning. It all started off at 5:30 am with a very loud BANG, which woke everyone up!!! Hubby heard it, and I told him it was the garbage man dropping the dumpster and to go back to sleep!! Then I heard loud talking in the hallway, and that is so unusual. Now I’m up. I went out on the patio to see two SWAT team members walking around the garden area – guns and everything. Whoa, we got something going on here!!! I could see bright flashlights and camera flashes in the apartment around the corner to the right of us.
This complex was designed for Snow Birds in the winter; and Californian’s with big boats in the summer. We all live in harmony. Well that was until three years ago when a lady from Colorado bought a unit for her brother. Her brother Richard dealt drugs. Now who in their right mind would deal in a retirement village? The place is swarming with sweet little old ladies, the Angela Lansbury type.
Richard was our public nuisance. He has his Harley in the alley, and anytime of the day or night, when he had a deal going, he would reve up the bike and leave. The most annoying runs were the ones that took place around 3:00 am. The Angela’s had it all figured out, the phone rings……Richard leaves!!
Last year the police were here numerous times; but didn't have enough evidence to make an arrest. Or if he was incarcerated it was for only a few days. A few weeks ago, Richard had the flu and was so sick the EMT’s were called and he was hospitalized. Hubby’s theory is: the EMT’s saw what was going on, and reported their findings.
My friend, who's kitchen door is on the alley side, looked out right after the bang and was told to stay inside, as were all the other’s who were trying to figure out what was going on. The alley was swarming with city police, S.W.A.T team, and undercover cops. My husband’s theory on the big BANG: once they knocked open the door, the SWAT Team throws a banging smoke bomb in the apartment to startle the suspect. It worked, Richard was hauled away in handcuffs, and the Harley was driven away by the police!
We gave the police a thumb’s up and round of applause as they left the area. Now, back to knitting and shuffle board!!!
And that's the way it is.................