Trek Women
July 21, 2008


ScooterI had a different blog planned for today. That is until I got home from Nashville, parked in front of the house and realized that my pretty blue scooter was gone. STOLEN too!!! I couldn't freaking believe it. I sat in my car in the sweltering heat looking at the empty space for I don't know how long before I could move. As I was hauling my suitcase up the stoop, my neighbor from a few doors down came over and told me the whole story.

It happened a week ago Saturday at 6:15 am. My neighbor was up and waiting for a moving truck to arrive when he saw a pick-up truck with Maryland plates driving slowly down the block. The truck stopped, the thieves hopped out with bolt cutters and proceeded to cut the 2 locks and chains tethering my scooter to the house. My neighbor immediately called the police to report a crime in progress. The thieves loaded my scooter into the back and drove off, the officer arrived within a minute of their departure.

My neighbor gave the cop the license plate number, vehicle make, a description of the hoodlums (too nice of a word) and the direction they took off. Plus, hello, there was a lite blue scooter with a license plate that said "LOLA" in the bed.The cop said he couldn't do anything because I wasn't home and maybe I wanted them to take the scooter. Like I said, un-freaking-believable!! My neighbor replied, so if they had broken a car window and stolen a radio and the owner wasn't home, you still wouldn't do anything because maybe the owner wanted them to take it.

I think what has me steaming mad more than anything is that the police could have easily caught them within a few blocks if they had tried and I would have my property back. It's obvious, it wasn't worth even a half-hearted effort to them. It's not like it's a "real" crime.  But it is, and they could have won one against the bad guys.

Tomorrow, I promise, I'll write something happier. Today, I plan to seethe.   


It doesn't matter if something is chained down or not, people think it's fair game. Unbelievable.


Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Jul 22, 2008 6:34:05 AM

I would write a letter to the editor as well as city council and the head of the police. That's a negligent policy that should be changed. Better to take the scooter into custody based on the suspicious nature of the behavior, and sort it out later.

Posted by: Siouxgeonz | Jul 23, 2008 4:12:47 PM

I agree with you. What I'm hearing is that the police are afraid to pull people over "on suspicion" because they're afraid of getting sued. But really, if I had wanted them to take my scooter, wouldn't I have given them a letter or the title?

Even though, I know there are far worse crimes happening every minute in this city - the thieves were catchable that morning. I called the Mayor's hotline and made a report. Who knows what'll happen.

Posted by: Laura | Jul 24, 2008 8:31:22 AM

I saw your interview on the local news tonight here in Washington. Nice job.

Posted by: Julianna | Jul 25, 2008 7:11:53 PM

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