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2011-01-17 11:00:51 AM
This story's awesome. Serves the guy right for being such a douche.

I got re-arranged a few weeks ago. I'd say robbed, but I didn't. Accidentally left my car open overnight, got back to it in the morning, with all the contents all over the car. I thought "crap, I've been robbed" and as I started to pick everything up and I came to realise that nothing had actually been stolen.

You know your stuff's crap when it's not even worthwhile stealing...
 
2011-01-17 11:16:56 AM
Maybe they were looking for something you don't have..? Maybe someone the thief knows has a similar car which might have had something desirable in it..?

Glad nothing was taken. Being invaded sucks.
 
2011-01-17 11:21:23 AM
Nice! I love stories like this.
 
2011-01-17 11:55:17 AM
Awesome story. I especially appreciate that she ends on a high note recalling the strangers who helped her along the way.

Also, be proactive^ and make the job easier.
 
2011-01-17 12:00:30 PM
I read TFA, and came in to write a comment that included the word "awesome." Seeing that word used previously by a couple other Farkers, let me just say that the story was a read like a hot dog.
 
2011-01-17 12:17:03 PM
What-space?
 
2011-01-17 12:17:32 PM
The Guy who Robbed Me

Casino Holdup

Dr. Your Mouth Say No but Your Eyes Say Yes

A View To A Felony Charge of Voyerism

/not to obscure I hope
 
2011-01-17 12:22:02 PM

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: The Guy who Robbed Me

Casino Holdup

Dr. Your Mouth Say No but Your Eyes Say Yes

A View To A Felony Charge of Voyerism

/not to obscure I hope


Gold Fivefinger Discount
 
2011-01-17 12:22:43 PM
Great story, now if you'd only been as capable of pushing the button on your car's security fob.

Next time lock your doors or move to a better neighborhood.

Did her parents ever get out?
 
2011-01-17 12:24:29 PM
Ponzholio Quote 2011-01-17 12:22:02 PM
Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: The Guy who Robbed Me

Casino Holdup

Dr. Your Mouth Say No but Your Eyes Say Yes

A View To A Felony Charge of Voyerism

/not to obscure I hope

Gold Fivefinger Discount


The Man with the Golden Voice is Now in Rehab
 
2011-01-17 12:24:34 PM
This story and the girl in NYC who got her bike stolen are shining examples of how the police will drop what they are doing and set up a sting to catch the thug who wronged you, unless you are a man then they tell you to forget about getting your stuff back.

/Who says chivalry is dead?
 
2011-01-17 12:25:25 PM
shirtsbyeric [TotalFark]

/Who says chivalry is dead?


if it is dead, women killed it.
 
2011-01-17 12:26:49 PM
When a burglar hit my apartment, they did the same damn thing - taking everything, then discarding all my random, non-hockable stuff all over the neighborhood rather than just dumping it in a trash can. It's bad enough to come home and realize your windows are broken, your laptop is gone, and someone's rummaged through every room in your apartment. It's adding insult to injury to experience, for weeks afterwards, the joy of finding your private photos, papers, business cards, and so on spread throughout a huge apartment complex and all the woods behind it. I can understand why that infuriated this woman.

Luckily, the guy was so dumb, they caught him almost immediately, so no sleuthing needed on my part. Walking down a busy street pulling a little red wagon (no joke) piled with laptops and electronics does tend to attract the attention of the police.
 
2011-01-17 12:26:59 PM
I call shennanigans!
 
2011-01-17 12:28:11 PM

ultrachronic: This story's awesome. Serves the guy right for being such a douche.

I got re-arranged a few weeks ago. I'd say robbed, but I didn't. Accidentally left my car open overnight, got back to it in the morning, with all the contents all over the car. I thought "crap, I've been robbed" and as I started to pick everything up and I came to realise that nothing had actually been stolen.

You know your stuff's crap when it's not even worthwhile stealing...


I LOL'd
 
2011-01-17 12:31:23 PM
That was awesome. When my apartment was robbed, I tried to do everything I could to find the person selling all of my possessions...

/I failed
//but I'm glad she didn't!
 
2011-01-17 12:34:06 PM

Dirtybird971: Great story, now if you'd only been as capable of pushing the button on your car's security fob.

Next time lock your doors or move to a better neighborhood.

Did her parents ever get out?


The better the neighborhood the more chance of getting robbed, poor neighborhoods have nothing to steal.

Great story, I am glad she got something good out of her search by meeting people who reinforce the goodness in humans.
 
2011-01-17 12:34:09 PM
I tried lookin for my GPS this way when it was swiped. It was a very uncommon model and I knew the serial #. No such luck. I have a lot of free time on the webs, but I don't know if even I would have invested this much time. I was more pissed about having to deal with the broken window even though everything was 100% covered by insurance.
 
2011-01-17 12:35:07 PM
She left out the part about pounding shell casings into his kneecaps.
 
2011-01-17 12:39:40 PM
Ha! Angry poems. Why couldn't she post one or two?
 
2011-01-17 12:40:38 PM
I was hoping to see the cleavage pic. Can anyone find it on MySpace? Its the one with the heart tattoo. I must see it!
 
2011-01-17 12:41:18 PM

ultrachronic: You know your stuff's crap when it's not even worthwhile stealing...


Similar thing happened to a friend of mine. The thieves used a screwdriver to pop his door lock. There was nothing inside worth stealing so they shattered the drivers' and passengers' windows to teach him a lesson about wasting their time.

Bastards.
 
2011-01-17 12:41:59 PM
In the first 24 hours after someone broke into my car in my own driveway, I was mostly mad at my husband. Who leaves a backpack with a BlackBerry and a wallet full of cash and credit cards in the car overnight, with a GPS visible on the dashboard and the freaking car doors unlocked?
[princessbride.jpg]
 
2011-01-17 12:42:09 PM
Oh come on Fark, this has been greened for enough time for someone to get on My______ and find the boobie girl or the dude!

You're letting me down


/lazy
//I hate Myspace, that's why I find it commical they changed their name to My______
///slashies!
 
2011-01-17 12:44:54 PM
Cool story bro
 
2011-01-17 12:46:45 PM
Almost a year ago my wife & I stumbled home from a neighbors Mardi Gras party & drunkenly left the garage door open all night. Of course our car doors were left unlocked & some douche bag saw an oportunity that night.

The next morning we found the car door was open & the plastic moulding torn off the inside with the DVD player ripped out, along with the GPS missing. The guy had gone through the trouble of setting up a metal folding chair to stand on in order to unplug the garage door opener (I assume so the light wouldn't trun on), but then left an expensive tool set of mine sitting on the front lawn.

It wasn't until a couple hours later that my son discovered that the DVD player & GPS had both been tossed over our back fence into a drainage ditch. So in the end he didn't even take anything with him. All I can figure is somehting scared him off & he ran. Anyway, the GPS still works, but I never have gotten around to re-installing the DVD player, so it's still sitting in my garage with a hole cut in the roof of my wife's car.

/CSB
 
2011-01-17 12:49:17 PM

thelordofcheese: In the first 24 hours after someone broke into my car in my own driveway, I was mostly mad at my husband. Who leaves a backpack with a BlackBerry and a wallet full of cash and credit cards in the car overnight, with a GPS visible on the dashboard and the freaking car doors unlocked?
[princessbride.jpg]


You are incorrect. The writer of the article is correct. By opening the door, the criminals did indeed 'break' into the car.

Link
 
2011-01-17 12:51:58 PM
Fell asleep twice reading that novel. Just get to the point lady. There's no prize.
 
2011-01-17 01:00:53 PM

ultrachronic: This story's awesome. Serves the guy right for being such a douche.

I got re-arranged a few weeks ago. I'd say robbed, but I didn't. Accidentally left my car open overnight, got back to it in the morning, with all the contents all over the car. I thought "crap, I've been robbed" and as I started to pick everything up and I came to realise that nothing had actually been stolen.

You know your stuff's crap when it's not even worthwhile stealing...


Actually, they probably took a photo of your registration, or your insurance pay-by-month and left. What they've got is enough info to open a CC in your name.

I had my car broken into a few years ago and I told the police it was weird -- I had expensive sunglasses, some cash, and a walkman, all left in the car.

"You renewed your insurance recently, right? Do you pay your car insurance by the month? Go check your registration right now and come back."

"Uh, I don't. I pay it at once. Why?"

"They use the info on it for ID theft."
 
2011-01-17 01:02:12 PM

thelordofcheese: In the first 24 hours after someone broke into my car in my own driveway, I was mostly mad at my husband. Who leaves a backpack with a BlackBerry and a wallet full of cash and credit cards in the car overnight, with a GPS visible on the dashboard and the freaking car doors unlocked?
[princessbride.jpg]


Locks keep out honest people. Better locks may hopefully make someone else an easier target. If someone is looking to steal something, something is going to get stolen.

CSB Time... My neighbor's unlocked vehicle had a laptop and other stuff stolen out of it. My basic locked truck with nothing visible inside worth stealing only had the door handles tried. The only stuff I have worth stealing is in a garage. Given how many times my POS car has been robbed, that's one luxury I have afforded myself since I started living on my own.
 
2011-01-17 01:02:13 PM

Noble Drusus: I was hoping to see the cleavage pic. Can anyone find it on MySpace? Its the one with the heart tattoo. I must see it!


With the MySpace reference, I think this story is several years old.
 
2011-01-17 01:05:41 PM

likesass: Dirtybird971: Great story, now if you'd only been as capable of pushing the button on your car's security fob.

Next time lock your doors or move to a better neighborhood.

Did her parents ever get out?

The better the neighborhood the more chance of getting robbed, poor neighborhoods have nothing to steal.

Great story, I am glad she got something good out of her search by meeting people who reinforce the goodness in humans.


Oh how I wish this were true. I live in a pretty crappy neighborhood and everyone I know has had their house robbed. Personally, I've had my apt robbed and my car stolen. You'd think owning a 1996 ford ranger would prevent you from being a victim of car theft. And you'd be wrong. The cops even said they know who's robbing everyone and that they aren't going to do anything about it unless they get caught in the act. The cops just don't give a shiat. They're too busy harassing homeless people and busting people for weed. Way to keep the streets safe.
 
2011-01-17 01:10:38 PM

endmile: likesass: Dirtybird971: Great story, now if you'd only been as capable of pushing the button on your car's security fob.

Next time lock your doors or move to a better neighborhood.

Did her parents ever get out?

The better the neighborhood the more chance of getting robbed, poor neighborhoods have nothing to steal.

Great story, I am glad she got something good out of her search by meeting people who reinforce the goodness in humans.

Oh how I wish this were true. I live in a pretty crappy neighborhood and everyone I know has had their house robbed. Personally, I've had my apt robbed and my car stolen. You'd think owning a 1996 ford ranger would prevent you from being a victim of car theft. And you'd be wrong. The cops even said they know who's robbing everyone and that they aren't going to do anything about it unless they get caught in the act. The cops just don't give a shiat. They're too busy harassing homeless people and busting people for weed. Way to keep the streets safe.


Not sure what to make of this. You basically accuse the cops of not keeping the streets safe because they don't do anything about a crime after it happens, instead focusing on vagrants on the street and drug users. Think about that a few times and see if maybe your stance doesn't make sense.

'Stupid cops, they don't do anything about crime, they just hassle the people most likely to commit them.'
 
2011-01-17 01:11:37 PM

Mirrorz: Similar thing happened to a friend of mine. The thieves used a screwdriver to pop his door lock. There was nothing inside worth stealing so they shattered the drivers' and passengers' windows to teach him a lesson about wasting their time.

Bastards.


When I used to own a convertible I kept it unlocked for that very reason. Anything "nice," like the tire pressure gauge I kept locked in the trunk. Every few months I'd come down and discover the glove box hanging open and knew that one of Boston's street urchins had been by to peruse my collection of AAA maps. One day someone stole my Eastern Mass street atlas. Honestly, who steals a street atlas?

Yet another reason I'm glad that I don't own a car these days.
 
2011-01-17 01:11:42 PM

Mirrorz: ultrachronic: You know your stuff's crap when it's not even worthwhile stealing...

Similar thing happened to a friend of mine. The thieves used a screwdriver to pop his door lock. There was nothing inside worth stealing so they shattered the drivers' and passengers' windows to teach him a lesson about wasting their time.

Bastards.


Yeah same thing happened to me in Chicago when I was interning. No joke they took $2, my sound cord ($3), and my garmin charger. They left an mp3 player (admittedly non-functioning) and brand new polo cologne bottle in the glove box. I was pretty pissed they broke into the shiattiest car on the street for
Channeling Ron White, I spent the 4+ hour drive home in traffic listening to wind. It sucked ass.
 
2011-01-17 01:14:09 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2011-01-17 01:14:40 PM
No, it is not breaking in. Intruding, yes. Definitely burglary. But not breaking in.

And how many people know how easy it is to card or even pick standard house locks? And remember when you could easily get in to garages thanks to automatic openers that were less sophisticated than TV remotes? That's the case with a lot of keyless entry systems for modern cars.

I'm a type of guy that goes to the library or coffee shops and uses the public computers to mine data. I take over Facebook pages, which are really nice when they use the same e-mail address (that you can find out since it's saved in the form data of the browser and simply logging out and clearing the cache and history doesn't remove it) for EVERYTHING like their cable and internet providers, their banks, their eBay login.... And then I message all of their friends to embarrass the people for being so stupid. Actually, a few times I have pretended to be the people for a while. My favorite was when I warned all of the friends that someone had "hacked" the account and that I was doing damage control so they had to contact me if something weird happened.
 
2011-01-17 01:17:02 PM
I love stories like this!

*Warning-Cool story bro time*
I live on a dead end street in a quiet area and most of the people leave their cars unlocked, well used to anyway. One Sunday morning my wife wakes me up to tell me someone broke into her car. I go outside and find 3 police cars up and down the street with officers taking reports, 18 cars hit in all. Typical stuff was taken, MP3 players, change, small electronics, etc. My wife is a professional photographer and sometimes leaves her bag with thousands of dollars worth of equipment in the car. Luckily, this night she didn't. The only thing the thief got from her car was a USB thumb drive. When the officer came to take our info, I showed him what the drive looked like. I had received 2 of them at a Dell conference I had attended a few months earlier. The only way to get one was to be there. Plus sheh ad used a label maker to put her name on her thumb drive. Prints come back, they go to the kid's house, there's nothing there. None of the stolen items anywhere. They check his pockets, BOOM, my wife's thumb drive is there. Guy was busted then told the cops where the goods were. Everyone got their stuff back and the entire neighborhood showed up at his court date to make sure he got the full penalty.

tl;dr - stupid criminals are stupid
 
2011-01-17 01:19:01 PM
who had just barely clawed her way out of that concentration camp known as late-stage cancer

Godwin!

Still, cool (if long) story, brosis

Nice to see some good people out there, it helps when the criminals are stupid. I'm almost surprised the cops did anything, seems they don't put much effort into property crimes given the shortages they face. Guess it helps that she did all the work.

/this is why I'm not on facebook or myspace
//I can steal whatever I want!
 
2011-01-17 01:19:20 PM

thelordofcheese: No, it is not breaking in. Intruding, yes. Definitely burglary. But not breaking in.

And how many people know how easy it is to card or even pick standard house locks? And remember when you could easily get in to garages thanks to automatic openers that were less sophisticated than TV remotes? That's the case with a lot of keyless entry systems for modern cars.

I'm a type of guy that goes to the library or coffee shops and uses the public computers to mine data. I take over Facebook pages, which are really nice when they use the same e-mail address (that you can find out since it's saved in the form data of the browser and simply logging out and clearing the cache and history doesn't remove it) for EVERYTHING like their cable and internet providers, their banks, their eBay login.... And then I message all of their friends to embarrass the people for being so stupid. Actually, a few times I have pretended to be the people for a while. My favorite was when I warned all of the friends that someone had "hacked" the account and that I was doing damage control so they had to contact me if something weird happened.


internettoughguymag.jpg
 
2011-01-17 01:23:45 PM

tehbeermang: thelordofcheese: No, it is not breaking in. Intruding, yes. Definitely burglary. But not breaking in.

And how many people know how easy it is to card or even pick standard house locks? And remember when you could easily get in to garages thanks to automatic openers that were less sophisticated than TV remotes? That's the case with a lot of keyless entry systems for modern cars.

I'm a type of guy that goes to the library or coffee shops and uses the public computers to mine data. I take over Facebook pages, which are really nice when they use the same e-mail address (that you can find out since it's saved in the form data of the browser and simply logging out and clearing the cache and history doesn't remove it) for EVERYTHING like their cable and internet providers, their banks, their eBay login.... And then I message all of their friends to embarrass the people for being so stupid. Actually, a few times I have pretended to be the people for a while. My favorite was when I warned all of the friends that someone had "hacked" the account and that I was doing damage control so they had to contact me if something weird happened.

internettoughguymag.jpg


[princessbride.jpg]
 
2011-01-17 01:25:05 PM

thelordofcheese: No, it is not breaking in. Intruding, yes. Definitely burglary. But not breaking in.

And how many people know how easy it is to card or even pick standard house locks? And remember when you could easily get in to garages thanks to automatic openers that were less sophisticated than TV remotes? That's the case with a lot of keyless entry systems for modern cars.

I'm a type of guy that goes to the library or coffee shops and uses the public computers to mine data. I take over Facebook pages, which are really nice when they use the same e-mail address (that you can find out since it's saved in the form data of the browser and simply logging out and clearing the cache and history doesn't remove it) for EVERYTHING like their cable and internet providers, their banks, their eBay login.... And then I message all of their friends to embarrass the people for being so stupid. Actually, a few times I have pretended to be the people for a while. My favorite was when I warned all of the friends that someone had "hacked" the account and that I was doing damage control so they had to contact me if something weird happened.


Well,if you are using the legal definition, it is breaking in. Sorry if that does not coincide with your interpretation of the word.

Here is another one. Again, the definition is the use of any force to enter. This applies if the force is nothing more than lifting a door handle.

http://www.legal-explanations.com/definitions/breaking-and-entering.htm

I know it is a quibble, but I do find it annoying when people take the time to correct people without finding out what the right answer is first.
 
2011-01-17 01:28:07 PM
Ms. Enayati's story is cool and all, but I'd think she might have at least a second thought for what happens when this guy gets out of jail in a year and a half (sooner with prison crowding for non-violent offenders).
 
2011-01-17 01:29:28 PM
So was the heart tattoo on the right boob or more like near the right boob? I bet its just near the boob, on the chesty area but not on actual boob skin. I also bet it points down and to the left, toward the left boob, which I also bet is just as creamy smooth and plump as the right one.
 
2011-01-17 01:31:30 PM

MycroftHolmes: thelordofcheese: No, it is not breaking in. Intruding, yes. Definitely burglary. But not breaking in.

And how many people know how easy it is to card or even pick standard house locks? And remember when you could easily get in to garages thanks to automatic openers that were less sophisticated than TV remotes? That's the case with a lot of keyless entry systems for modern cars.

I'm a type of guy that goes to the library or coffee shops and uses the public computers to mine data. I take over Facebook pages, which are really nice when they use the same e-mail address (that you can find out since it's saved in the form data of the browser and simply logging out and clearing the cache and history doesn't remove it) for EVERYTHING like their cable and internet providers, their banks, their eBay login.... And then I message all of their friends to embarrass the people for being so stupid. Actually, a few times I have pretended to be the people for a while. My favorite was when I warned all of the friends that someone had "hacked" the account and that I was doing damage control so they had to contact me if something weird happened.

Well,if you are using the legal definition, it is breaking in. Sorry if that does not coincide with your interpretation of the word.

Here is another one. Again, the definition is the use of any force to enter. This applies if the force is nothing more than lifting a door handle.

http://www.legal-explanations.com/definitions/breaking-and-entering.htm

I know it is a quibble, but I do find it annoying when people take the time to correct people without finding out what the right answer is first.


And whatr I was doing was hacking.

No. No it's not.

/series of tubes
//see, the politicos are experts in the fields relating to the laws they govern
 
2011-01-17 01:31:50 PM

PDX Ghost Hunter: Fell asleep twice reading that novel. Just get to the point lady. There's no prize.


Wht ur prblm? U tnk she shd txt?

K- stf stln frm cr. got stf bk, lost stf. Wnt aftr dood, dood cot.

/Fin
 
2011-01-17 01:37:24 PM
Johnny "Boi"?
 
2011-01-17 01:38:32 PM
My ex did something very similar. We lived in a shiatty neighborhood at the time, and he went out to get me some Diet Coke when I was up late studying for my first law school exams. We think his wallet fell out of his pants in our apartment's parking lot. He figured out it was missing the next morning, and started cancelling cards, asking each one if it had been used. We ended up with surveillance footage of the doofus trying to use an ATM, and buying a pair of shoes with the last card to be cancelled, a department store credit card. Recognized him as a local crackhead who hung out a lot at the building next door. Saw him go in there, called the cop who was working on our case, and he sent a cruiser out within five minutes. The guy came out, started talking to them, and was really shifty. Then the cop noticed something fall out of the guy's pants...my ex's BP card.

I think he got six months plus probation.
 
2011-01-17 01:40:08 PM

Wodan11: Ms. Enayati's story is cool and all, but I'd think she might have at least a second thought for what happens when this guy gets out of jail in a year and a half (sooner with prison crowding for non-violent offenders).


You know, from her bio I doubt if she'd give a rat's ass about what he might do.

/pretty tough
 
2011-01-17 01:40:15 PM
When my wallet was swiped at a bar the perpetrator took my credit cards but left the rest of my wallet in the men's bathroom. The owners of the bar knew me so they just handed it back to me (sans credit cards).

Of course, I cancelled my cards right away. But he did get 2 charges in. A cab ride and $70-something dollars at McDonalds.

The first thing I thought was MCDONALDS? WHY FARKING MCDONALDS? The person on the other end of Amex told me it was a good thing he went to McDonalds; like the article said they have amazingly good tracking technology there and Mcdonalds is hardcore about finding people like these since it is a common for theives to got there in order to see if the stolen cards work. McDonalds loses a lot of money this way, In fact, the lady on the other side of Amex told me that since I didn't lose anything it might not be worth going to the cops. MCDONALDS would most likely go after them for credit card fraud.
 
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