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Lock your car doors people! A thief is on the loose.

I was visiting a friend near South Brett & Beacon St. tonight and we were in his back yard working in his shed. I looked out the window of the shed and saw someone dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, wearing a large backpack walking past my car. They took three steps past the drivers side door and then turned around rather quickly, jiggled the door handle to get it open and then realizing it was locked started to walk away. All of this took seconds and had my car been unlocked, it would have undoubtedly been broken into.

I ran outside and yelled "Hey can I help you with something" at which time they picked up their pace a bit and refused to stop and talk even though I was headed right at them. But being a redneck who can move and having a friend cut them off at the front gate of their yard stopped them in their tracks. After a brief exchange of pleasant thoughts with them, they admitted that "I just touched the handle". well no crap. I saw that. He was a young man about 16-20 years old, about 5'8 and maybe 120lbs.soaking wet. I would guess he was hispanic but it is hard to say exactly due to his hooded sweatshirt and clothing covering him up. I wanted to give them a good old fashioned beat down for even trying to rip me off but I am just too old to get arrested for pummelling a minor. Then the punk wins the battle. So I chilled....

People, do yourself a favor, LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS EVERYTIME YOU GET OUT OF IT. DAY OR NIGHT. And do NOT leave attractive targets like phones, IPOD's and money in plain sight on the seats. Put that stuff in the trunk or take it inside with you!

AND for God's sake, lock your house doors and windows also. This is not Mayberry RFD and people will steal from you!

These punks are opportunists. they look for the easy scores. Unlocked doors make it oh so easy for them.

Good Luck and be safe!


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Tags: beacon, crime, punks, security, theft


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Comment by Henry on October 4, 2010 at 6:28pm
Eric, what does this have to do with skin color?
Comment by Renee Q. on October 4, 2010 at 4:06pm
Hey Eric. No need to make this a racist thing. I think he was making a discription as you would if the man had red hair or long stringy blonde hair. Some times a description of someone is just that, a description What a sad world this would be if we had to watch every single thing we said about in description for fear of offending. If that would the case you could not describe anything using a color, a sentiment or nationality (like "mexican food" or "Swedish looking"). And I think that ANYONE who tries to open a car, a house or even a bag which does not belong to them or without permission is guilty by actions not race.
Comment by Eric Wilkerson on October 4, 2010 at 12:22pm
No this is not mayberry nor is it Beacon of the 1950's. Also, thieves come in many sizes and races so everyone please try and relax if you happen to see someone who isn't white walking past you or your precious belongings which should be locked up. This isn't the Bronx. You will all be OK.
Comment by Renee Q. on October 2, 2010 at 7:30am
I have to admit a year ago I was lax in locking the car or the house that case. Then we started a small addition and I found a man climbing a ladder to the second floor int he middle of the day. The later in a few weeks two men came out from the tarped area (the garage had tarps on the doors) and said that they were just "looking around". I was shocked that people do not have the feeling of trespassing ad that people are so bold and will take out of your yard. We lock everything of importance now and have alarms. Better safe than sorry.
Comment by Henry on October 1, 2010 at 7:19pm
Bubba...good for you for confronting this punk.
Comment by Samantha on October 1, 2010 at 11:07am
Thanks for posting this. I was in the bathroom of my home earlier this week at around 11 pm and heard the unmistakable sound of footsteps in my driveway which is just a few feet outside of the bathroom window and right where my car is parked. I listened closely for a bit and after a few moments they disappeared. I let myself assume it was my neighbor (walking around in the pitch dark at close to midnight--yeah right). This makes far more sense. Thank goodness my husband has a habit of locking the car's doors (not that there's anything to steal in that mess, but still...).

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