EDITOR DISCOVERS STOLEN VEHICLE
Your hard-hitting investigative editor has discovered a vehicle that was stolen in early February. His.
The break came when I received a notice from the Department of Motor Vehicles saying that I hadn't paid a parking ticket on the car from last April. The address of the offense was given: four blocks from my house.
A visit to the crime scene revealed my wife's car still there, still covered with the spring effluvia of budding trees and with three parking tickets under the windshield wiper.
Damage appears limited to the ignition key and the locks on the doors.
The responding officer explained that while, if the tickets had come from the police, they would have checked to see if the car was stolen. The parking enforcers, on the other hand, merely want to know whether it is in an appropriate location at an appropriate time.
Given the high tech nature of parking enforcement, it would not be hard for DMV to check by computer, at least after the third ticket, but given that the city is building a stadium and taking over the public schools, it probably doesn't have the time. - Sam Smith