Monday, May 14


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


At 6:03 AM, Janet M Kincaid said...

I had a similar experience several years ago. My car was stolen from in front of my house on 14th and S. Two weeks later, it was found behind Giant on 9th and P, and then only because a cop on a bicycle noted someone "acting oddly" near my car.

In many respects, I wish he hadn't found it and called it in. It was a mess. Busted right fender, all my stuff stolen from the trunk, and the smell of cigarettes, cigars, and pot that never fully came out of the car, even after having it detailed.

Glad you have your car back.

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous said...

Nice cover story. You know you just forgot where you parked the car and it took months to find it.


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