Down on his luck, he said.
Couldn't find a job, he said.
His little girl has leukemia and he can't afford her monthly treatments, he said.
Do you have any work I could do for you, he asked.
A few kind and generous neighbors gave him some cash. One emptied his five gallon gas can into the man's car.
Within a few hours this man and two others were arrested in the top loop of our subdivision. They were trying to break in to a home - the owners were not home at the time.
These are desperate times. Unemployment is high. Prices are high. And according to an area detective, drug prices are on the rise.
We are blessed with great neighbors. We have an unofficial neighborhood watch and believe you me, they are watching.
We know of two people in our area who have been robbed. They live a mile or two down the road from us. One is my piano student. The other is our insurance agent.
Thankfully our riches are in heaven, so there is very little on earth that man can do to us.
But still, we are keeping our eyes open.