Thursday, October 10, 2013
Pulling up to her northeast Wichita home at about noon Monday after running errands, Teresa Johnson noticed a silver car parked in front. Slouching in the passenger seat was a woman wearing sunglasses and a baseball hat.
Johnson's home sits on Charlotte Street, not far off of busy 13th Street. But this car was not one she had seen before.
Teresa says something told her to get out her phone and take a picture of the car.
"I knew that something was very wrong," Johnson said.
Accidentally, Johnson says, she had pushed the button to record a video rather than a picture so she ended up catching everything that followed on camera.
She says she heard a boom from the side of the house and walked around to find a man standing at her back garage door.
She says she believes she caught a burglar in the act.
"Generally, people don't just go in your backyard without knocking on your door and getting your permission," Johnson said.
In the video, Johnson says you can see a well-dressed man who she describes as "clean cut."
She is heard on the video asking the man, "What are you doing in my house?" The man responds that he did not go into her house but rather was there walking around the outside to do an estimate for a roofing company.
He tells her he must have the wrong house and that she can call his supervisor to verify. Johnson asks for his business card and he says he'll go get it out of the car.
"He kind of ran, jumped in the car and took off," Johnson said.
KAKE News called the company the man said he worked for but multiple messages went unreturned.
Police say they can't comment because the investigation is ongoing.
Johnson says the whole situation has unnerved her, especially knowing her 85-year-old mother could have been home at the time.
"My concern is in this neighborhood there are a lot of elderly people and I want to get the word out to please be careful," Johnson said.
She says being careful and installing safety latches she bought at the store for $1.99, likely prevented the man from breaking in.
She says there's also a culture in her neighborhood of looking out for one another. But she recognizes that's not the case in everyone's neighborhood.
So, she hopes by getting the word out, people are more on guard.
"I just want to warn people in Wichita and surrounding areas it can happen in the daytime," Johnson said. "As citizens we need to look out for each other."
Because police have not completed a preliminary investigation, the face of the suspect was blurred in the video that aired on KAKE News.