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(ZWire)   Suspect falls asleep two blocks from crime scene, only takes the police 8 hours to find him napping in a running car with the burglar alarm sounding   (zwire.com ) divider line
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2004-12-22 01:41:13 AM  
"I don't know what these kids are up to," the owner said. "It's not right."

Farking brilliant!
 
2004-12-22 02:38:26 AM  
One official at Cornerstone Church said the Acura appeared in the church's parking lot at 2:30 a.m. and the driver fell asleep with the engine running. The car alarm sounded numerous times throughout the night, the official said.

Is this what crime has come to?
 
2004-12-22 05:09:13 AM  
Obviously an experiment in reversee psychology.

Either that or he was on meth and came down..
 
2004-12-22 07:41:19 AM  
That's not that big a surprise. When has anyone ever paid any attention to a car burglar alarm other than the first year they were invented?
 
2004-12-22 07:49:14 AM  
That's some nice work, boys.

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2004-12-22 07:56:06 AM  
That guy would have been woken by a brick coming through the windshield had he done that near where I am trying to sleep.

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2004-12-22 08:00:51 AM  
8 hours? He must have been near a donut shop or they never would have found him.
 
2004-12-22 08:04:50 AM  
The real question is what was someone doing in the church at 2:30 AM where they notice a car park in the lot with the motor running and don't do anything about it.
 
2004-12-22 08:09:07 AM  
Audible car alarms, since their introduction:

Vehicles saved from theft: 6

People woken up at 3am because a squirrel farted near some guy's Audi: 1,487
 
2004-12-22 08:10:26 AM  
labman
That's not that big a surprise. When has anyone ever paid any attention to a car burglar alarm other than the first year they were invented?

I've tried sleeping in my car after a night of driving. I was woken by my own car alarm. I must say I've yet to hear a noise that repugnant.

Usually you ignore that, but being close to car at the time is teh suxx0r.
 
2004-12-22 08:15:21 AM  
Why would the alarm have been activated/enabled when the car was on and running?
 
2004-12-22 08:19:40 AM  
Would have been 5 minutes by me, what with my constant calls to the police about ANY damn car alarm in my area.

So if someone dies because the cops are wasting time with a car alarm instead of a real emergency, you can blame everyone who owns a car alarm.
 
2004-12-22 08:24:50 AM  
Isn't the point of a car alarm to draw attention to the car? If a guy has a slim jim half way in the door and the alarm goes off he's probably not going to stick around when people start looking through their curtains. If he's sleeping in it, who would notice without approaching? Now, why some alarms keep going for 2+ minutes I'll never know. If the thief hasn't stolen it by then it's safe.

/has car alarm disabled
 
2004-12-22 08:32:39 AM  
Uhm, at what point in the article does it say the car alarm was going off? Am I that dense or is the submitter?

/waits for answer, wringing hands
 
2004-12-22 08:41:00 AM  
One official at Cornerstone Church said the Acura appeared in the church's parking lot at 2:30 a.m. and the driver fell asleep with the engine running. The car alarm sounded numerous times throughout the night, the official said.

near the end
 
2004-12-22 08:52:14 AM  
Rich_Republican: near the end

Dangit
 
2004-12-22 08:52:21 AM  
Since starting to read Fark, I've learned that criminals are some of the biggest farking idiots on earth. Why is it that it seems like there are at least 2 of these kinds of stories every week. Are they made up for the sake of news?
 
2004-12-22 08:54:07 AM  
This isn't credible, there's gotta be more to the story, like he's deaf or something. I call shens.
 
2004-12-22 08:54:44 AM  
Madrigal was taken into custody on suspicion of burglary, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.


Pssst. He's also got an unlicensed pirana in an aquarium at home.
 
2004-12-22 08:57:43 AM  
Narcolepsy is funny.
 
2004-12-22 08:58:53 AM  
DrZombie:

Since starting to read Fark, I've learned that criminals are some of the biggest farking idiots on earth.


everyone has the american dream of having money, being successful, etc. without intelligence(or a powerful family) no one will hire you on and let achieve that goal so it is up to you. without brains you're going to become a dumb criminal if you don't want to end up at a crappy job. too bad most don't realize how crappy a job being a bad criminal is.
 
2004-12-22 09:07:39 AM  

My Own Private California ?


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2004-12-22 09:10:55 AM  
Funny story, but it's relatively long and not exactly pertinent information so if you don't care about some random dude's car alarm story, read no further. This is for the people like me who have nothing better to do at work because .

Two of my friends and I went to a 311 concert this past summer at Carowins, near Charlotte, NC. We had a jolly good ol' time, but when it came to leave, none of the three of us could remember where I'd parked my car. And in this parking lot of several thousand cars when it's the middle of the night and everyone's drunk, you don't want to waste time browsing isle by isle on foot. Well, I have a Saturn SL1 and it has one of those factory alarms that is armed by one of those little keyless-entry dealies, so I figured I'd just go around pressing the alarm button on my keyless thing and it would set my alarm off and I'd find my car. However, we ended up doing this for quite some time and when the parking lot had actually cleared out enough that we could find my car, I realized I'd run the battery dead on my keyless entry. Now the thing about those is that if you lock the car with it (and I always do), you have to unlock it with it or the alarm will set off, even if you open the door with your key. Well, that's all I could do, so I just gritted my teeth and opened the door. Right on cue the alarm blared, and I knew from a past experience that in this situation you just have to let it finish and wait half an hour before it will reset and you can start the car (yes I popped the hood, opened the fuse box, started yanking fuses from the annoyingly-unlabeled box, and a few other things to no avail).

So there we are, the three of us sitting against my car while the alarm went on...and on...and on...and drunk people who also were camping around their cars (for other obvious reasons) were yelling at us and trying to start fights and what not...I actually got 2 sobriety tests from police officers roaming the area because I went up to them and asked if they had any water. Who knew that if a police officer sees an exhausted 20-year-old stagger up to them asking for water while their car alarm is going off seemingly unheeded that he would assume it's because the guy is dehydrated from drinking at a concert? Psh, I mean, I'd never come to that conclusion.

So anyway, to cut it short, some drunk chick and her kid came up to my car and started farking around under my hood because she thought she knew more about my car than I did, but all she managed to do was spew a bag of potato chips all over my engine and yank out two of my plug leads from the coil packs. I was telling this story to a random guy I met at a party a few weeks ago at school and he actually was there, REMEMBERED us, and was one of the drunks that threw shiate at us. Small world, eh?

Moral of the story: Saturn owners, beware of the perils of setting your alarm then losing your car.
 
2004-12-22 09:14:03 AM  
first paragraph should read:

"...at work because [insert rant against imbecilic boss here]."

used angle brackets the first time, wasn't thinking about html. Dang new-fangled computamadores and their fancy languages.
 
2004-12-22 09:15:38 AM  
everyone has the american dream of having money, being successful, etc. without intelligence(or a powerful family) no one will hire you on and let achieve that goal so it is up to you. without brains you're going to become a dumb criminal if you don't want to end up at a crappy job. too bad most don't realize how crappy a job being a bad criminal is.

This is kind of leading toward a debate on the merits of capitalism, but I'm more interested in how "bottom of the barrel" stupid some of these criminals are. I mean, if you want to be a theif, more power to you. You know the risks, you roll the dice. This is just completely on another level. It's like the special olympics* of criminals.

* I wholeheartedly support our special olympians and do not mean to disparage them in any way. But let's face it, you have some kind of incapacitating handicap.
 
2004-12-22 09:23:56 AM  
DrZombie

It's like the special olympics* of criminals.


I know I shouldn't, but this one made me cackle.

/reserving a nice window seat for the trip to South
 
2004-12-22 09:28:30 AM  
These guys are led by Sgt. Shultz, who knows nothing.
 
2004-12-22 09:32:35 AM  
Sleeping disorders are a serious issue! You shouldn't make fun of people "even criminals" just because they can't.... just because they can't... just because they...zzzzzzzzzz
 
2004-12-22 09:47:55 AM  
paerabol: Funny story...

Most cars I know have an option to disable the alarm by turning the key to the on position in the ignition (not turning over the engine) like 5x. Might want to call up your dealership and ask if the Saturn has a feature like that for future reference. It would seem silly to not have a way to open your car without the remote if you lost it or ran down the battery. Of course my friend has a saturn with 230k miles so I've seen some of the shiat they can put you through.
 
2004-12-22 09:59:50 AM  
louiedog

That first incident I mentioned happened a few weeks prior and I called my local Saturn dealer then; they told me I just had to let the alarm finish and wait for about half an hour before the system will reset and I can start it...but come to think of it, that is exactly what the manual says so the rep I talked to might not have known anything that isn't in the manual. I'll try your suggestion should their be a "next time" :P Thanks

The only reason I haven't completely disconnected the alarm is because, however rare this may be, it had come in handy one time with the previous owner when a guy attempted to steal it in the middle of the night.

And in defense of Saturns: they really are good cars! I mean I paid $2000 for a '97 SL1 and it's been a great little car. I regularly get 42 mpg (though it's a manual so I can extend the mileage perhaps further than an automatic) and it's a very comfortable and smooth little car. It's perfect for a constantly-broke student such as myself and it doesnt really have enough power to allow me to get myself in trouble with it, so it works for me :P
 
2004-12-22 10:06:10 AM  
See, this is what happens when we let narcoleptics become professional criminals. Friggin' American with Disabilities Act! Why can't the government just get off our backs?
 
2004-12-22 10:07:50 AM  
Personally I like the car alarms that page you..
not very helpful if you're in a signal dampening area, though..like a mall.

Or those security systems that shock anyone messing with the car :) (not just the door handles, but any mechanics inside the doors, etc)
 
2004-12-22 10:19:33 AM  
Must have been "All You Can Eat" at Dunkin Donuts that day.
 
2004-12-22 10:22:59 AM  
There hasn't been a new link in two hours. This is my formal protest.
 
2004-12-22 10:25:36 AM  

No new links in what seems like an eternity.

What the hell? Do they expect us to work or something?

 
2004-12-22 10:27:08 AM  
flava23

Word. I'm not working today, because vacation starts tomorrow and my boss is out. This is my vacation pre-game.
 
2004-12-22 10:29:47 AM  
Looks like someone fell asleep at the Fark wheel...
 
2004-12-22 10:37:33 AM  
Is it that slow of a news day, or what?
 
2004-12-22 10:39:16 AM  
No links? This is an emergency. This calls for Emergency Boobies!

Oh, right -- the link is NSFW.
 
2004-12-22 10:41:14 AM  
Since there is OBVIOUSLY no news today anywhere on the planet and this is a relatively boring topic, let's make our own news! Come on gang it'll be fun!

/shoots self in head
 
2004-12-22 10:42:52 AM  
Programmer Cat

Those emergency boobies are mighty sweaty.
 
2004-12-22 10:44:14 AM  
How about:

Ultimate Showdown 2004: Shaq v. Kobe, fight to the death!!! Now only $79.95 on HBO, ORDER NOW! Special Bonus Feature: guest interview of new D.A.R.E.-president Ricky Williams on the values of good sportsmanship!
 
2004-12-22 10:44:43 AM  
paerabol, you want to organize a mass farker/tfer suicide?
 
2004-12-22 10:45:49 AM  
2004-12-22 10:44:43 AM mitsukomori

I have black nikes for sale if anyone needs a pair!
 
2004-12-22 10:46:11 AM  
Now I'm resorting to commenting on the threads attached to the paid links. Sad.
 
2004-12-22 10:47:32 AM  
mitsukomori

No, none of that...let's just invite everyone over for a fun party, we'll provide the blue jumpsuits and special punch. Just bring yourself, your open mind, and a signed check for the total sum of all your liquidated assets. Castration free of charge...come one, come all, tell your friends! We'll show you the Truth!

/aight mitsukomori, let's prepare....
 
2004-12-22 10:47:52 AM  
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2004-12-22 10:49:12 AM  
must....not.....work.....having....withdrawals.....help....
 
2004-12-22 10:51:11 AM  
Could always start a flame war...
 
2004-12-22 10:52:34 AM  
Start the Fark alarm!
 
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