On Saturday, December 29, 2012, Kay Ball was at home working on her computer when she heard a loud knock at her back door. She looked out to see a shady looking man at the door. After knocking several times, the man gave up and went up her outside stairway to the upstairs door.
The man came back down and proceeded to ring the doorbell and continued to knock. Ball stepped inside the kitchen door area so as not to be seen. The man was persistent in knocking so Ball went to the bedroom to hide better.
The next thing Ball knew, she heard someone opening her dining room door. She heard noises near her desk and then quiet, so she thought he had left. She watched for a vehicle to go back down her driveway but the next thing she heard was someone rummaging through her desk drawer. She stepped out with a gun in her hand, (and if you know Kay Ball, like I know Kay Ball, you won't be surprised at this) raising it level with his head asking “What do you think you're doing?”
If Ball could have gotten the bullet in the chamber, this story would have possibly had another outcome.
As Ball said the word “what” he dropped her jewelry box and ran. Ball ran out after him with the gun at his head while he jumped a five foot railing around her redwood deck, jumping in the getaway car and a driver drove them out.
This thief was a white male, approximately 5 foot nine inches, weighing 160 lbs., with short dark hair, wearing a baseball cap, with a full dark mustache, and in his late 30's with a horrible cough.
The car was an older Buick or Pontiac of sorts. It had four doors, was silver grey in color, heavily oxidized and the year is unknown. No doubt Ball will know the car if she sees it again, and no doubt she is watching for it.
Ball thinks the thief may have made two trips into the houses because when she chased him out with the gun when he went over the railing, he did not have her laptop computer in his hands. He apparently was back for a second haul when he ran into Ball with her gun.
Ball went back into her house to call 911 after the two drove away and that is when she discovered her laptop was missing. She has al the serial numbers and a description of the laptop if anyone is approached to “buy” a cheap computer. She asks that the computer be purchased and the Butte County Sheriff's Department called at 538-7231.
Page 2 of 2 - “This might help stop some of the crime in our area if we all work together,” Ball stated.
“We are in the East Gridley area and I have learned that we had three houses robbed in the month of December,” Ball said.
The Ball family has a burglar alarm that is normally always set, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but Ball was home for just a short time and didn't think she needed the alarm at 1 p.m., while she was home.
“This is a lesson well learned.” Lock your doors when you are in your home. And, if someone is knocking say or do something to let them know you are at home. In years past, we have had our barn robbed twice, and it is secured with Accularm system. I am tired of supplying a thief with valuable items to sell for drugs!,” she said.
Prints were taken from the door knob and the jewelry box has been sent out for prints.
Ball is in the process of getting her concealed weapon permit.
“It is truly a shame that we need to be in fear of losing what we work so hard to obtain then have it taken from you by someone doing nothing but stealing his way through life,” Ball said.
Ball asked that people be reminded that security cameras are very reasonable in price and can be installed quickly. They can be set where you can see the action at your home when you are away from home. Be aware of your surroundings and take a look at your neighbor's house now and then. You might see something of interest.
“Call 911 if you think something looks suspicious and remember to lock your doors when you are at home,” Ball said.
The Butte County Sheriff's Department asks that anyone witnessing anything suspicious please call them, no matter how trivial it may be. Deputies can't know if they aren't told.