Eric called me at work last Friday pumped with adrenaline and out of breath, saying "I caught him" over and over again. He was speaking so fast and out of breath that is sounded like he was saying "I cut him" and I had to clarify a few times what he was saying... so glad that wasn't the case. Anyway, Eric was sitting on the steps inside our house with the door open and saw the housebreaker walk right in front of our house! Immediately Eric was on his feet, on the phone with 911 and in pursuit. He succeded in getting the cops to swarm in and arrest who we now know to be Bernard Wood, a perpetual Adams Morgan criminal. We also found out that he was on parole (shocker!) and due to go in for his GPS ankle bracelet on the same day! Eric has been told that there are many counts against him and they're trying to put him in jail for 5 years. Eric was the hero of the block all weekend and has since been subpoenaed to testify in court.
The story continues to unfold as we found the blog of some neighbors on Wyoming St. (http://www.deepsouthdiary.blogspot.com/) who suffered a worse break-in than ours, inexcusable police incompetence, and weeks in pursuit of this guy!
Now we can move on to house progress... Eric has finalized the stairs, hot water heater selection, and has started the process of revising our permits for 2 separately metered units. We've still got $2,000 held back from John's final payment since there's 1 window left to install, a few punchlist items, the stair hasn't been framed (and he's thinking of every excuse in the world not to do this) and the caulking & sealing of the windows is still a point of disagreement. We're having a conference call with him tomorrow.