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Old 05-18-2010, 12:50 PM   #1
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I'm not exactly sure what to do. I'm on vacation now, but my sister called me and said that my sti's door was cracked open so she stopped by to see what was wrong. All the compartments were opened and stuff was thrown all around (like old receipts and stuff). What confuses me is that I had a nice escort radar detector ($350) in there and it wasn't taken.

I'm in another state now and won't be back for a while, so I can't check to make sure nothing is damaged or taken. Another thing that was weird was that the hood was slightly up, so I told her about the flip thing beneath it. So she looked under the hood and said that as far as she can tell everything looks normal.

I don't know what to make of this. Were they just looking for money? Why not steal the rims, or even take the radar detector which would be easy to slip in a jacket. Why does it look like they were so rushed, but had time to check under the hood.


Basically I'm wondering if anyone knows what I should do. Should I call the cops (nothing damaged or stolen)? Just check when I get back? Should I worry about them messing with something and take it to a mechanic? Should I be worry about them putting something in there like drugs?
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:52 PM   #2
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Is your car registration and insurance card still wherever you keep it? Sometimes they hit those and take nothing else.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:58 PM   #3
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Or maybe its a surprise. You come back to a fully swapped and modded car!
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:03 PM   #4
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Yeah, You have just been overhauled....no but this sucks. Its very possible they were purposely there to steal engine goodies and 1 person dug through the car thinking the radard detector would be easiest so grab last while the other one looked around the engine a bit, then they got spooked.

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Old 05-18-2010, 01:06 PM   #5
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Or maybe its a surprise. You come back to a fully swapped and modded car!
Or a stripped engine. I don't know how your sis is with engines, but most girls I know can't tell the difference between the intake and exhaust...much less anything more detailed.

I would call the police and explain the issues to them. I'm sure that they will coordinate with your sister to come out and fingerprint and whatnot.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:07 PM   #6
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Yeah, check your paperwork. It's becoming a form of Identity Theft or so my friend the security guard tells me. The break in, steal something trivial to distract your from the fact that your personal information and paperwork is gone. You'd be shocked what people keep in there cars. I knew a kid who would empty out his wallet into his car prior to long bike rides. Over time, he just kept that stuff in the car all together (Credit Cards, SS card, etc, etc.)
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:07 PM   #7
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I would defiantly call the cops. You want a police report so if you have to make a claim with your insurance company you have a record of it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:12 PM   #8
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I had this happen, all the cars in our driveway had doors wide open when we came outside, the gloveboxes emptied onto the seats. They were only looking for money, they hit about 18 cars in our city total and the cops caught them the next night.

Edit: You should absolutely call the cops.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:16 PM   #9
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WEIRD!!!!!!!

Ihad somebody break my widow few weeks ago...and rummage all throughout my car and took Nothing.

escort radar. prosprt gauges. tein edfc. ipod....Nothing... took fricken nothing? I only bitch cause my window wasnt cheap and had to ride around like that for week an a half.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:47 PM   #10
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WEIRD!!!!!!!

Ihad somebody break my widow few weeks ago...and rummage all throughout my car and took Nothing.

escort radar. prosprt gauges. tein edfc. ipod....Nothing... took fricken nothing? I only bitch cause my window wasnt cheap and had to ride around like that for week an a half.
What window did they break that was expensive???

My windows cost between $88 (rear door) and $109 (front door) for the glass and $35 to retint them. I did the install of the glass myself. In reality, it was dirt cheap to replace.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:33 PM   #11
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Does it smell like pee?
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:27 PM   #12
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Have your sister take pictures of the interior and under the hood and email them too you, you will know more, then file a police report.

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Old 05-18-2010, 03:31 PM   #13
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My friend left my back right window on my outback open at my apartment and the next morning i noticed it was open and freaked out, but then realized nothing was gone...till i saw that my ash tray (where i keep my spare change) was gone.. i assume they wanted quick cash and didn't want to have to deal with selling stolen items. it was only like a dollar.... but it's still just weird to know somebody else was in your car.

Hope everything turns out well.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:37 PM   #14
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definitely report it. most likely they were just checking to see what valuables you have installed/ in your vehicle and they probably will return....
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:41 PM   #15
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What window did they break that was expensive???

My windows cost between $88 (rear door) and $109 (front door) for the glass and $35 to retint them. I did the install of the glass myself. In reality, it was dirt cheap to replace.
I live in alaska. and considering the mass amount of subarus.. my front pass window was busted. youd think itd be an easy source and fix...nope had to order one from washington. and costed me 238$ all said n done
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:47 PM   #16
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They wanted to see what you were running for race wars...lol, but seriously report it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:07 PM   #17
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My friend left my back right window on my outback open at my apartment and the next morning i noticed it was open and freaked out, but then realized nothing was gone...till i saw that my ash tray (where i keep my spare change) was gone.. i assume they wanted quick cash and didn't want to have to deal with selling stolen items. it was only like a dollar.... but it's still just weird to know somebody else was in your car.

Hope everything turns out well.
This is going to sound dumb but I feel like I've been personally violated
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:23 PM   #18
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definitely report it. most likely they were just checking to see what valuables you have installed/ in your vehicle and they probably will return....
Yeah, this is a concern. If they've been there once, it's certainly not uncommon for them to be back again if there's anything useful to take. Make extra precautions where you park/store the car, have it visible, etc. Mind you that a LOT of minor issues can come from children in your neighborhood. Unattended kids = mischief, and this does mean broken into, damaged, and stolen property with zero regret. Kids are stupid and do stupid things. If the crime seems odd and lacks reasoning, it's more likely a couple of neighborhood kids were simply bored. They have little concept of value (not stealing the radar detector) and little concept of scale of the crime (throwing rocks at car = smashing every window, denting every panel, and setting car on fire). Whatever quenches their boredom quenches their boredom. This may or may not have been a kid incident, but just keep that in mind. It's not always adults. Look around your neighborhood. How many families with children are there? How many of these families have two working adults? Just keep that in mind.

The only thing I've personally had was some crackhead come by and look into my window. I just came out on break and typically chill in my car listening to tunes. He said nice car and that we looking to buy one of these. ( ) I was polite and chatted with him about it for a little bit, and he wandered off. I never saw him again which is good cause some of my coworkers are a little less nice about such things.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:24 PM   #19
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I live in alaska. and considering the mass amount of subarus.. my front pass window was busted. youd think itd be an easy source and fix...nope had to order one from washington. and costed me 238$ all said n done
Must live in Seattle north (Anchorage). In Squarebanks messing with someone’s car was equivalent to stealing horses in 1825, a good way to get yourself killed, In eight winters I didn’t lock my car or house once except when I traveld down the Parks.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:33 PM   #20
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Had my V1 stolen out of my Forrester
Busted both lock cylinders...not the cheapest fix when they ruin the doors. What suprisdx me they spent the time to do both doors after they F'd the first one...and didn't take the 300 in cash in the glovebox. Hmmm. File a report.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:50 PM   #21
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funny thing is, this same thing happened to me in october. Someone smashed the window hood, rummaged through all my ****, but didn't take ANYTHING.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:54 PM   #22
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Get your sister to take pictures and send them to you. I would definently call the cops and your insurance company. Explain you're out of town and your sister noticed it just to get the ball rolling for when you get back.

I had my driver window broken into almost two years ago in an underground parking lot. They didn't take anything. Mp3 player, digital camera, cd wallet, and the papers were all still in the car it was just the biggest pain in the *** of having to deal with no window. Driving to the nearest car wash bay that had a vucuum while you sit on an old shirt instead of the glass isn't fun.

I am still finding the odd piece of glass to this day.
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Is your car registration and insurance card still wherever you keep it? Sometimes they hit those and take nothing else.
This. And if they left your door ajar they could be testing the waters to see if someone is actually monitoring the car. You could easily be the target of getting your car stolen and someone breaking into your house while you're out of town.

You'd be surprised by some of the tricks thieves use to find targets. Last year my car was hit with what looked like ice cream on the fender (where the factory shock sensor is mountd) and it hit hard enough to make a pretty big dent. I wrote it off as stupid kids but my airbag, stereo, and GPS disappeared a couple weeks later. Maybe a coincidence, maybe not.
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