"Check your cars," she said.
I told her I would, but was pretty sure I didn't have a problem. We always lock our cars, they all have alarms, there is a security light in the driveway and we have a dog that barks at anything that comes within 100 feet of our house.
As soon as I got in the car to go out later that morning, I knew something was wrong. The cigarette lighter was on the console along with a car wash token from Jeff Wyler. The ash tray where we keep loose change was empty and there was a bunch of stuff on the front passenger seat. As far as I could tell, all that was taken was the change, about three dollars, mostly in quarters. When I went to open the trunk, I found another car wash token on the trunk lid. Nothing had been disturbed in the trunk.
None of our other two cars had been touched, as they had been locked. It seems that in the process of juggling groceries and an energetic pup, I had failed to lock mine.
When I called it in to the police, I was told by the dispatcher that not only had Woodrow been hit, but these thefts had occurred all over town. Apparently all that was ever taken was loose change. I told the officer who called returned my call that I didn't want to file a report; I just thought they ought to know about it. He said they were being vigilant and expected to catch the culprit.
Better lock your doors, folks. Along with the situation where someone has been removing the work of our local yarn bombers and the incident where flares were taken from the school bus barn, one of which was thrown lit into someone's house, it seems like we're having a crime wave.