- The contents of the hatchback [too numerous to mention]
- Lightwave Tec2000 LED flashlight
- River Rock 0.5W LED headlamp (useful for hands-free operation, like changing a tire or cutting brake lines)
- Big-ass 5-D-cell Mag Lite with EverLED conversion (apparently thieves don't like LED lights, despite their higher efficiency and lifespan advantages)
- Half-bottle of generic Pepcid AC antacid (Famotidine)
- Bottle of Blink Contacts lubricating eye drops
- Spare eyeglasses with clip-on sunglasses; contact lens case (a.k.a. the Morning After Navigation Kit)
- Eclipse mint tin filled with Trident bubblegum
- My E-ZPass
- One set of Etymotic ER-20 high-fidelity earplugs
- Air pressure gauge
- Mileage log and repair log notebook
- Spring-loaded center punch (Irony Alert, since I keep it in the center console in case I need to... break a window out)
- The CDs in my side door pockets, as well as few burned CDs in the center console. Guess they didn't like my music.
- A disposable 35mm camera.
- My (cheap) sunglasses
- About $8 in singles and change in the ashtray
- Cassette audio adapter (still in the deck)
- A couple of other sundries
- Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS, suction arm mount, power cord.
- Black iPod nano
- An old-model Gerber Multi-Plier
- Car charger cord for my cell phone (annoying, as I still have the phone)
- About $2.25 in loose change from the console
The day was great and I'll write it up in a separate post. I got back to my car about 8pm, and had just loaded up the hatch and gone around to the driver's side when I saw the mess inside:
Someone had smashed my passenger side window, and tossed my glove box (unlocked) and center console, stealing and bypassing the items above.
My iPod and GPS -- not bad for 15 seconds of work.
Of course, I'd marked myself as a target by leaving the cassette adapter cord in plain sight; I'd also had my GPS suction-cup arm mount on the dash (the GPS itself was in the glove box) with my sunglasses on it, and if that wasn't enough, I think I left the power cords on the passenger seat.
I scraped out the rest of the window and got ready to drive home. I wasn't even going to report it, but as I started to drive off, I saw a Baltimore police car parked about 50 feet in front of me -- an older couple's car had also been broken into, and they'd called the cops. So I stopped, made it a two-fer and gave a report.
Despite the security cameras out front and the group of skate rats doing the stairs nearby (witnesses or suspects, who knows), I have a feeling that this one will go unclosed.
Anyway, after I got home, I scooped the broken safety glass out and saved it. I put it in a coffee can and shook it up in small batches to break up the bigger pieces and dull the sharp edges, then washed off the glass dust and put it in the oven to dry:
Why yes, I have been watching a lot of Breaking Bad.
Yes, definitely. Too much, probably:
It's kind of pretty:
Though I have no idea what I'll use it for. It's back in the coffee can.
So, the window is fixed now (after driving around gingerly, plastic flapping, through two rainy days). I've got a refurbed, same-model GPS on order as a replacement. For the iPod, I'm not sure if I'll just get another nano or upgrade to an iPod Touch, but in the meantime, for my drive up to New Jersey for Mother's Day, here was my iPod stand-in:
I'd bought the power inverter a while back just to have on hand, so it came in handy for the laptop (it causes a pretty big hum in the speakers, though). It worked okay.
In summary, I'm a lot more careful about what I leave out nowadays.