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2021-06-03 8:27:10 AM  
Allah is telling her to take the bus from now on.
 
2021-06-03 8:37:02 AM  
So... the cops said it had been found, but it wasn't towed for reasons, and then stolen again, hours later?  Was the cop supposed to stand there for 8 hours just to make sure?  Seriously?  They find it, you don't get it handled within a sane amount of time, they've got other farking things to do.  Not great for you, but covering an 8 hour window without towing it to the station or something is not a sane expectation.
 
2021-06-03 8:45:52 AM  
I had this happen with a motorcycle once. Was living in a sketchy apartment, bike out front under a cover. Couple of guys stole it & went joyriding. Cops chased them, they dropped & ran. I had to reclaim the busted-up bike from impound.

Ordered replacement parts, but while it was sitting & waiting for me to get time to fix it, it disappeared again. The ignition was already punched so it was an easy target I suppose, but it was literally dragging bodywork.  Oh well, saved me the trouble.

I got a call from the insurance co about two years later to let me know it'd been recovered after another chase-and-drop, just a few miles from the apartment. I'd already been paid out, so they just kept what was left of it.

That was still my favorite bike, a 94 ZX-6. First one I ever bought new.
 
2021-06-03 8:51:57 AM  
It was pouring rain on Friday night when the 21-year-old from Clarksburg, Maryland, said she dashed from her car to the entrance of an apartment building to hand an Instacart delivery to a woman waiting there.

"I turn around and I just see these three kids circling my car. And before I can even do anything, it just happened so fast. They just drove away with my car," she said.

Gosh, I mean, what could she have done to prevent that?

In an instant, her silver Mercedes with the keys inside was gone from Fenton Street in Silver Spring.

Yep, total mystery.
 
2021-06-03 8:59:49 AM  
We had our 2006 T180 Bobcat skidsteer stolen twice, though it was at least a good year in between.

Once by a dumbass teenager (his dad tried to take the blame), which we were fortunate enough to catch on our $299 camera system driving by in a mid-90's GMC van with an odd, custom side window. Family friend that hauls for a living recognized it, had us an address by the following Tuesday when he saw it again, and the T180 was back in our yard (undamaged) that afternoon.

Second time we weren't so fortunate. We orchestrate an annual car show for a local event planning committee, which our entire family (and even some of the neighbors) all volunteer to assist with. Conveniently, we're fairly certain it was during the car show that it disappeared. We're 90% certain it was a disgruntled contractor with money problems that snagged it, but we never actually found it again. That was July of 2017, so chances are she's long gone.
 
2021-06-03 9:34:42 AM  

Unobtanium: It was pouring rain on Friday night when the 21-year-old from Clarksburg, Maryland, said she dashed from her car to the entrance of an apartment building to hand an Instacart delivery to a woman waiting there.

"I turn around and I just see these three kids circling my car. And before I can even do anything, it just happened so fast. They just drove away with my car," she said.

Gosh, I mean, what could she have done to prevent that?

In an instant, her silver Mercedes with the keys inside was gone from Fenton Street in Silver Spring.

Yep, total mystery.


I have so many questions and speculations regarding a 21-year old Instacart driver with a Mercedes
 
2021-06-03 9:35:47 AM  
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2021-06-03 9:47:29 AM  
Lessee. You left the keys in the car and it got stolen. Cop found it, sans keys. Car gets "stolen" again.

I contend it was only stolen once. If you didn't recover and have control of it, you can't have it stolen again. You just lost it.
 
2021-06-03 9:50:52 AM  

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It took seven posts before this showed up.

Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2021-06-03 10:11:20 AM  

BigNumber12: I have so many questions and speculations regarding a 21-year old Instacart driver with a Mercedes


Either it's a really old Mercedes, or she's a trust fund baby who's too dumb to land a 9-5.
 
2021-06-03 10:58:55 AM  

Beavz0r: We had our 2006 T180 Bobcat skidsteer stolen twice, though it was at least a good year in between.

Once by a dumbass teenager (his dad tried to take the blame), which we were fortunate enough to catch on our $299 camera system driving by in a mid-90's GMC van with an odd, custom side window. Family friend that hauls for a living recognized it, had us an address by the following Tuesday when he saw it again, and the T180 was back in our yard (undamaged) that afternoon.

Second time we weren't so fortunate. We orchestrate an annual car show for a local event planning committee, which our entire family (and even some of the neighbors) all volunteer to assist with. Conveniently, we're fairly certain it was during the car show that it disappeared. We're 90% certain it was a disgruntled contractor with money problems that snagged it, but we never actually found it again. That was July of 2017, so chances are she's long gone.


I see ads for pretty cheap GPS trackers just for items like that now, I assume it's going to change how equipment thefts end up.
 
2021-06-03 11:22:18 AM  

Arkanaut: BigNumber12: I have so many questions and speculations regarding a 21-year old Instacart driver with a Mercedes

Either it's a really old Mercedes, or she's a trust fund baby who's too dumb to land a 9-5.


My thoughts as well, with the added musing that an old Mercedes is likely to be a fuel / maintenance moneypit, and so not a fantastic choice for someone without gobs of disposable income.

It could also be the flavor of trust-funder who's told that they need to have *some* job to *earn* what's being provided for them, so they get the lowest-intensity one that allows them to choose their own working hours and yak on their phone while driving around. I grew up with several of these, who extended adolescence into their 20s and even early 30s before settling into a more traditional lifestyle.
 
2021-06-03 12:34:41 PM  
ok, not to say i don't sympathize with this woman, but i do not at all in any shape or capacity sympathize with this woman. always, always, always take the keys out of the ignition dummy.
for goodness sakes, bro.
 
2021-06-03 12:41:08 PM  

chrisqphoto: ok, not to say i don't sympathize with this woman, but i do not at all in any shape or capacity sympathize with this woman. always, always, always take the keys out of the ignition dummy.
for goodness sakes, bro.


Tell me how the car was wearing too short of skirt and asking for it. Don't take what isn't yours. A car with the keys in it belongs to the owner exactly the same if it was locked in an osmium vault.
 
2021-06-03 4:38:52 PM  

caljar: Beavz0r: We had our 2006 T180 Bobcat skidsteer stolen twice, though it was at least a good year in between.

Once by a dumbass teenager (his dad tried to take the blame), which we were fortunate enough to catch on our $299 camera system driving by in a mid-90's GMC van with an odd, custom side window. Family friend that hauls for a living recognized it, had us an address by the following Tuesday when he saw it again, and the T180 was back in our yard (undamaged) that afternoon.

Second time we weren't so fortunate. We orchestrate an annual car show for a local event planning committee, which our entire family (and even some of the neighbors) all volunteer to assist with. Conveniently, we're fairly certain it was during the car show that it disappeared. We're 90% certain it was a disgruntled contractor with money problems that snagged it, but we never actually found it again. That was July of 2017, so chances are she's long gone.

I see ads for pretty cheap GPS trackers just for items like that now, I assume it's going to change how equipment thefts end up.


Yep, we looked into those not terribly long after it happened. Still need to get around to installing some before the next big ticket item dips out, but we at least replaced our Newegg-special camera system with a professionally installed IP setup, my favorite component being the IR sensor modules.

Instead of relying entirely on camera motion to trigger email alerts (which are a farking blast to troubleshoot), this instead relies on heat signatures. Anyone so much as steps in my yard outside of business hours - be it a man, bird, or the occasional bear - I'm automatically emailed still images of the camera feed, with the ability to remote view in HD.
 
2021-06-03 5:22:02 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: So... the cops said it had been found, but it wasn't towed for reasons, and then stolen again, hours later?  Was the cop supposed to stand there for 8 hours just to make sure?  Seriously?  They find it, you don't get it handled within a sane amount of time, they've got other farking things to do.  Not great for you, but covering an 8 hour window without towing it to the station or something is not a sane expectation.


Oh for goodness' sake! The solution to this problem is so simple!

Police cars should always carry one (or maybe a couple) of these things in case they find a stolen car on the street:

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2021-06-03 7:37:43 PM  
For $25, you can stash an Apple AirTag under a seat and know where your car is.

/if you have an iPhone that is
 
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