My wife works a part-time job one day a week as part of a group of caregivers for an elderly woman who lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in the relatively low-crime city of Sylvania, OH. She worked overnight last evening, parking one of our rusty-but-trusty clunkers in the driveway of the house.
As there was nothing of value in the vehicle - and due to a door lock that sometimes sticks - my wife left the car unlocked. When she opened the car in the morning, she noticed that someone had been rifling through the glovebox in search of valuables.
The thief did steal one of those cassette converters that allows you to plug in another device, like a CD player or an iPod, so I guess we were out about $10 from the crime. This is nothing to even waste time filling out a police report, of course, but I was puzzled by another find: the crook put out a cigarette in the ash tray.
What kind of goofball sits in the cars of other people, looking for merchandise to steal, and takes the time to have a cigarette? My understanding is such thieves are typically of the get-in-get-out variety, smashing windows and grabbing anything they can steal, while splitting before anyone notices them.
This weirdo casually puffed a smoke and neatly crushed the butt in the ashtray. I imagined that the idiot probably thought he was beyond the attention with his "hey, just smoking a cigarette here" ploy, but it is kind of bizarre to think of a complete stranger sitting in your car like he owned it.
I think I want to take this old clunker to the car wash now. I don't know about the car, but I feel kind of dirty at the moment and in need of a good scrubbing, though I'm not really thinking about moving services.