I went out to the car (Ford Escape) to go to work this morning and noticed stuff from the console scattered all over the seats, the doors ajar, and a plastic bin I keep “car food” in on the ground behind the car. A quick check in back verified I had lost a bunch of stuff.
I called the police. They said someone would be there within an hour, I sent an email to work, and I sat down to wait.
The police officer was really nice and made a report of the things I had lost and was able to obtain a fingerprint off of the lift gate. It could be mine but there is a chance it was the bad guy. I went to work and was looking at the stuff on the seat. There were several things made of smooth plastic and metal that had been removed from the console. I sent the officer a email asking if he would like to attempt finding fingerprints on those items too. He came to the parking garage where I work and spent another 45 minutes or so with his fingerprint brush and making various things black with the dust. He found another print and took it for his report as well.
He told me that there were three car prowls in my neighborhood last night and eight a short distance away the night before. My hope is that with someone this active they will make a mistake or two and get caught soon. I’m been doing some things to increase the odds of a mistake leading to their apprehension. I want something or someone to trip them up.
My losses include:
- Seven .40 S&W magazines for my STI ($70 each)
- One Black Scorpion Outdoor Gear Storm Magentic Magazine Pouch ($27)
- Three Black Scorpion Outdoor Gear Storm Magazine Pouch ($27 each)
- Aluminator race holster for STI ($282)
- 500 to 700 hundred rounds of .40 S&W handloads (~$0.30 each)
- One Dillon ‘Border Shift’ Ammo Bag ($26)
- One brass bag similar to this one except I got mine for attending the USPSA 1998 Area 1 Championship ($10).
- ESS Safety Glasses ($27)
- My emergency supplies box (wooden military crate given to me by son-in-law John) which contained emergency blankets ($5.00), rain ponchos, packages of 9V, AA, and AAA batteries, gloves, hand cleaner, orange paint, small hunting NRA knife given to me after the I-676 campaign (~$30), tow strap ($17), Shoot-N-C 3 Inch Round Targets ($18), pens, cigarette lighters, road flares, one box .40 S&W 180 grain Winchester Ranger JHP, 12V air compressor, and I don’t know what all else.
There were some other things as well that brings the total loss up to about $1800. I didn’t realize how much stuff I kept in there. The back of the Escape was completely covered with a tarp too.
They didn’t break any windows but it’s possible it wasn’t locked. I always lock it when I leave but from my bedroom with my key in my pocket the remote key will sometimes lock (or unlock) the car when I bend over.
Miscellaneous stuff: The cop was wearing the same Surefire flashlight holster and a nearly identical flashlight to mine. He is part of the bomb squad and we talked about explosives some. I shot at the same match as someone he knows in his department a couple weeks ago in Marysville.