Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1, our household woke up to the bright flashing lights of Cypress Police Department SUVs parked on Orange Avenue behind and a couple doors west of our house.
Did I mention that the flashing lights were bright? At 6:30 in the morning? Before sunrise?
When I investigated, I counted six SUVs altogether, including one parked at the curb on the cross-street and another that had just pulled around the corner onto the cross-street. A female officer exited the latter vehicle and began searching the front yards of nearby houses.
I tried to see whether, for instance, there was someone seated on the curb, but the lights were too bright to see past. From prior experience, I knew that the well-trained officers of the Cypress Police Department would not give out information if I marched up officiously and demanded answers. They would be blandly polite and decline comment.
So I went back inside and fired off an email to higher-ups in the Department, requesting information on the incident.
Captain Matt Timney graciously responded. He reported that a call had come in about a prowler in Sorrento, the neighborhood south across Orange Avenue. Police officers were able to find the prowler and “arrested him for theft, possession of stolen property, and a violation of his parole.”
Officers were also able to find stolen property, which was returned to its owner.
(Even if I do grouse about the lights — did I mention that they were very bright?)