Cernigliaro claims that she then waited for about half an hour before venturing outside. She was, she said, expecting to find some leaflets or other junk mail lying on her doorstep, and so it took her a moment to figure out what had actually happened.
A rubber band had apparently been hooked around the door knob. According to Cernigliaro, it had been deliberately placed there to hold the door open when the latch was unlocked. So, a reportedly unnerved Cernigliaro immediately called her husband, who it’s claimed urged her to keep the family gun to hand.
Moreover, when Cernigliaro contacted the local police, it seemed that this was not the first rubber band incident that the sheriff had come across. In fact, a spate of similar attempts had apparently taken place in the local area recently. Home invaders allegedly rubber-band the door knob before knocking. Consequently, if the homeowner then answers the door, it makes it easier for the thief to push their way in.