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The car is back. Apparently we paid for Lo-Jack when we bought it, so 45 minutes after the police came by and filed the report, they located the car. Dumped in the Bayview (shocker!), which is a crappy neighborhood a mile+ away.

The damage I can see: broken window, obviously. That's being fixed today. A few new bumper scrapes on both sides because clearly they cared about driving this carefully. [sarcasm] Those will be fixed Monday. I was honest and didn't attribute the huge bumper dent from a few years back to the joyride. I'll ask the body shop to fix that but at our expense. They smoked and left some cigarette butts in the ashtray. How kind of them to use it! [sarcasm] So I'll need to get the car cleaned, also for the psychological "get the invaders' presence out".

I haven't done a complete inventory, but my prescription sunglasses are still there as is the Fastrak. The wife pointed out something I'd missed though: they took the Edward Gorey bean-bat that was on my dash.

This is something she gave me quite a few years ago. I've always had a bat in my car dating back to high school, when we did a very silly Batman video project for Drama class. This was an awesome one, because it's Gorey. And now it's gone. At best given to some kid, most likely tossed with whatever other crap they grabbed from the other cars and couldn't immediately fence.

A very quick check shows that replacements go for anywhere from $150 to $500. Presumably because they were made while Gorey was still alive. I'm not a collector, and can't justify paying that kind of money in any case.

But... if we can't replace the bat, that actually hurts the most from this whole sordid little affair. Because it's an emotional loss that isn't even valued by the thieves.

LoJack Recovery

Date: 2014-01-30 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jason at lojack (from
While some of your belongings are missing, we are glad to hear your got your vehicle back. LoJack Corporation

Date: 2014-01-30 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You can get DNA off cigarette butts, I am just sayin'.

Date: 2014-01-30 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] rectangularcat
But you can't prove it was from them while stealing the car. For all we know, they were invited in. *facepalm*

I had my car broken into and lots of obvious fingerprints in evidence.

Date: 2014-01-31 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It also assumes the police are interested in tracking the case. Which they are not.


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