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!