So the screaming stopped, and we just looked out our window. We could see our landlord's family wandering around in the courtyard, looking sleepy and not-so-alarmed. So we tried to go back to sleep, as it was about 12:30 a.m., but all I could think of was finding a lunatic or a dead body on my balcony in the morning.
So when the sun rose and I'd has some caffeine, I wandered downstairs to ask our landlord what had happened. He started chuckling as soon as he saw me, and told me a "jao" - or thief - had been caught trying to climb over the fence last night, right around this spot.