Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Literate Car Burglar?

I've always been of the opinion that I can leave three or four brand new hardback books on the front seats of my car, in full view of the public, in perfect safety. And, so far, I have always been right about that. After all, how many thieves are such avid readers that they'll break into a vehicle to get their hands on forty dollars worth of books?

One California woman had the opposite experience - someone stole a bag of books from her car, and nothing else.
The victim, whose name was not released, said someone forced entry into her locked vehicle and stole a satchel containing books from inside the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department reports.

The loss was estimated at $365.
I'm impressed - a burglar who can read...or at least knows enough about the book world to turn books into some fast cash. Looks like I need to rethink my own theory about leaving books in plain sight.


  1. Some people will take anything. One time a Dominoes delivery guy stole hundreds of dollars worth of textbooks from my sister's bookbag that happened to be sitting out by the car in our garage. She had watched him go back to his car, but apparently he came back just to steal the books. Nothing else. Just the books. WTF, right?

  2. By the way, I love the television quote you have up. :-)

  3. Rebecca, he proved the rule that most common criminals are just that...common and stupid. I'm surprised he went for the books because anyone stupid enough to steal from delivery customers couldn't possibly be able to read...could he?

    ...glad you like the television quote. :-)

  4. I just don't get it, Jenclair...how does someone do a thing like that and still feel good enough about himself to read the books? No conscious, I suppose.