It sucks to come back to your car to find this after enjoying your workout.
Both cars were parked next to SUV's, though I'm not sure if the SUV's were there at the time of the break-ins. If another car pulled up behind, the thieves would have had a fair amount of cover from passers by.
This puddle of glass a few yards away indicates that the break-ins were not an isolated incident.Folks, this has been an ongoing problem, particularly on the Little Rock side of the bridge and especially in the now-closed area near the round-about, though I haven't heard of many such events this summer. As a community, all that I know for us to do is to be observant, call the cops if you notice anything out of place and don't leave any valuables in plain sight. We can't assume that these guys are stereotypical thugs. I was told last year that a thief was caught after breaking into a car near River Mountain. He had a bike on a bumper rack and was milling around looking like he belonged until he had a moment alone, at which time he pulled the smash-and-grab.
I think the mentality of these guys is that:
1. They're unlikely to get caught.
2. They're likely habitual criminals who do this stuff all the time, so what's another conviction? In some circles, there's not much of a stigma to being thieving low-life.
3. If caught and convicted, they'll be right back on the street because there is no room in jail for petty thieves.
About all that we can do is hide our stuff where it can't be seen and easily grabbed. If my car is broken into, I at least want them to have to grub around to find anything of value. It may be the closest thing to work these guys do.
Let's watch out for each other.