If you hit the rewind button, you may remember that my Mom fell and injured her back recently.
We, my brother, my sisnlaw, my wife, my kids, and moi, have been taking shifts staying with Mom and Dad.
Essentially, Mom is not to lift anything for a month or so while her injuries heal.
So we are all taking turns cooking, cleaning, putting away things, and generally giving her some down time to get better.
So it was that I was heading out to Theo's restaurant this morning to bring them breakfast from their favorite eatery.
There was a slight delay however when the neighbor lady called to me in the yard.
"Did you leave your JEEP windows open like that last night?
"Like what?" I called back.
"All unzipped and hanging, " she said. "I only asked because someone has stolen stuff out of our JEEP a couple of times. I was afraid it had happened to you."
I walked around to the driver side.
"It has." I said.
I walked over to my offroad extension of my soul and peered into her violated interior, fully expecting to NOT see my fishing pole, my JEEP watch, my brand new Tilley hat, my fishing tackle, my six pack of Yuengling beer, and well, you get the picture.
It was a mess, but everything ... EVERYTHING, was there. The glove box contents were scattered all over and my brand new Case pocket knife was jammed into the locked console in an unsuccessful attempt to get in there.
The little silvery thing is just a book light, but the watch (upside down) is a pretty expensive JEEP logo watch.
It was pretty clear to me that (A) they were looking for expensive items like cell phones, gps units, etc. ... (B) they got interrupted by the security motion sensor floodlights on the front of the garage.
They knew enough to enter from the lee side of the JEEP to avoid the motion sensor, but I think somebody messed up and the very bright double flood kicked on.
Even the dashboard change was still there ... and what thief leaves a six pack of good Pennsylvanian beer behind?
When the very tall deputy showed up, we went over the JEEP and I was just saying to him that it looks like I lucked out. They didn't take anything and the windows were unzipped not cut.
I was rezipping the back window as I said that and then, there it was. They cut the stitiching in the top, essentially ruining it.
Oh, I'll check in to Mom's homeowner policy, but JEEP tops are about $600, and homeowner deductibles tend to be in that zone or higher, so I am probably NOT going to luck out there.
C'est la vie.
The deputy did share the fact that they caught two people breaking in to cars in the neighborhood around 5 am that morning and they were toting stolen gps's etc.
That was satisfying. but still ...
... I am still pretty convinced that my theory of "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" remains substantiated by the evidence.