Response to Bush daughter's stolen bike not typical

I just finished reading the article about the police response to the theft of two expensive bikes owned by Jenna Bush Hager and her husband, while they were out of town ("Two bikes are stolen from Jenna Bush Hager's garage," June 20). Apparently, the first officers at the scene saw no evidence of a break-in and left. Once it was confirmed that a robbery had taken place, several police surveillance groups were "put on the lookout for the bikes." In addition, according to the article, "top police commanders, including the major in charge of the Southern District, also responded."

In contrast, I want to tell you about a probably more typical experience with the city's constrained police resources. For the last 11 years, our family of three has lived in a modest, tree-lined city neighborhood that we love and consider relatively safe. However, several years ago, as my husband and I took an after-dinner stroll on a misty September evening, we were stopped by four young teenage boys, one of whom pointed a gun at us and asked what we had in our pockets. Luckily, he was probably just out to impress his friends, and he soon let us go.

We called the police as soon as we reached our home and locked the doors. They arrived quickly, one officer staying to take our report and another taking off immediately to cruise the streets. I had stared at the gun and had a good idea of what it looked like. My husband, who had seen that the gun was trained on him, retained an indelible image of the boy's face. The officers were kind and attentive, but that was pretty much the last we heard from the police about the incident. But then again, like most Baltimoreans, we were not related to an ex-president.

Sandee Lippman, Baltimore

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