A most polite car thief

Someone broke into my car last night, somehow not destroying anything in the process. Although I’m out my beloved GPS unit and CD collection, I’m oddly grateful that the car itself is undamaged. I only just laid out $600 last month to repair two windows on it. He even turned off the dome light so that the ajar door wouldn’t run down the battery.

For a little while, I cruised around craigslist and had revenge fantasies against people selling matching GPS units. But, then I started thinking about how I was comparatively well off, as car break-ins go.

Am I a living example of how evil grows when good people do nothing?

We are in the middle of a great economic crisis. People of all professions are banding together to help people in both small and large ways using whatever skills they can offer. It is a sweet gesture really.

The only time I ever had my car broken into was in college in my driveway not 50 feet from my bedroom window with the window open and I was home at the time. When I drove off the next time, I didn’t notice anything until I reached over to turn the radio on that it didn’t really exist anymore. There was just a neat little blank hole in the console. I wasn’t that worried about it because it was a cheap one and nothing else was messed with until I remembered I left my .357 magnum way under the seat in a plain black holster overnight for the first and only time. That was also relieved of my ownership which is where the term ‘epic fail’ comes from on my part (this was pre-web).

I am still convinced it the whole thing was plotted and carried out by a foreign government like the Israelis or the British SAS. Al Queida would have never had the finesse or smarts to pull off that covert operation.

Don’t be so quick to believe he was an altruistic thief. He turned off the dome light to avoid drawing attention to himself, and he didn’t break anything to avoid causing noise. Had your car been in a more isolated area, the thief would’ve had no qualms about smashing a window, or worse.

Quite possibly. But, I have had my car broken into in similarly populated areas where the thief had no problem busting a window, smashing the lock, or generally messing up the car. One guy even broke in just looking for cigarettes, leaving everything of value including the $4 in change in the ash tray. He was so upset by the lack of cigarettes that he shredded up some papers and scattered them all over the inside.

My car was once broken into and the dome light was popped out, I’m assuming to avoid drawing attention. I was a bit heartened to see that the light cover was placed in the driver’s seat with the little removable tabbies (whatever, the shit that stuck it back in) inside and the wires to the radio had been clipped and bundled neatly, and the mud in my car had been wiped out and the broken glass from the window swept out.

I assume it’s someone that worked with electronics and did it out of habit but at least I didn’t have to do a few small things.

I had a polite car thief last year. Woke up to no car, stood slack-jawed in the driveway wondering where I’d parked.

Found the car a couple of miles away. They had done some joy riding but they put my mom’s sweater, which had been on the front seat, in the back, the mirror was already loose and when they adjusted it, it broke off and they put that in the back too. When they were done they pulled over to the side, turned off the car and lights and left the keys.

I live out in the boonies but I still give any kids walking by the evil eye just in case it was them.