A tip o' the hat to reader Mike T. for sending me the link to this story.
Friday evening, a man reportedly came home to find people inside his townhouse on Garden District Drive, in the middle of a burglary. He was able to back out of his home, without them noticing he was there, and call 911, according to officers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived while the two were still in the house and arrested them.
Without knowing that police were still inside the townhouse investigating the break-in, three more people returned to try to break into the home about two hours later. Officers said the three tried to run away, but were quickly apprehended.
There's more at the link.
How, precisely, can one not be aware that there are people in a house - even if you don't know they're cops? Lights would be on, voices would doubtless be heard, there would be vehicles outside (possibly including a marked police unit, in this instance), and so on. Just how deaf, dumb and blind (or stoned) do you have to be not to notice those things?