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Letter: Don’t leave valuables in your car at Lodi Lake

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:00 am

This letter is addressed to the jerks who stole our purses. What began as a beautiful day at Lodi Lake ended by making my friend go through a nightmare.

When we returned to my car from walking the Nature Trail, we noticed that my right passenger window was smashed. Luckily, my wallet was where I placed it, but my purse was gone. My friend lost everything — driver’s license, money, credit and debit cards, Medicare card with Social Security number on it, phone, car and house keys.

As I drove her around to the various places to stop usage on everything, you had already started charging away. My friend is from out of town, so this has really placed a black mark for Lodi in her opinion, and I cannot blame her. Another vehicle had a smashed window, and the lady’s purse with a lot of money and cards in it was gone, too.

Get a life and a job!

Edie Houston


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:58 pm on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm shocked that Edie Houston would, at her age, be so naive to leave purses exposed in a public parking lot.

    If I'm not taking it with me, I always put my purse in the trunk, and then look around to see if anyone is watching while I do that.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:55 pm on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Sick to even plan this, Mr. Kindseth.

    Don't you have better things to do?

  • John Kindseth posted at 8:59 pm on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    One of my daughters used to use a backpack for her childs soiled diapers. She had it stolen from her van at a sunday service at a church parking lot......hahahaha

    Since then we leave various surprise "packages" on our car seats. It is fun to imagine what happens when the thief opens "his/her" "find" !!

  • Larry Hamilton posted at 1:13 pm on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    Larry Hamilton Posts: 53

    Blame yourself lady. The every least put you stuff in the trunk not on the seat of your car.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:46 pm on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 631

    Hard to believe that in these times everyone is not aware of these crimes of opportunity, as it doesn`t take long to break a window and grab what ever is in the car. You read about it all the time along with advice to not leave anything of valvue in plain sight. Very seldom do I see a woman without her purse, to leave it in plain sight is only asking for trouble. Now the holidays are coming and the bad guys will be out in force looking for packages that are in plain sight. Do all your shopping at once and go home would be the best way to prevent a broken window and stolden packages. No matter how much of that is preached, on TV or in the paper, it`s going to happen. Having a car that has been broken into and anything in it gone, a tough lessen to learn, worse yet, your car is not were you parked it.

  • robert maurer posted at 9:35 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 483

    Ah,the old smash and grab technique. Sorry to read about this, but these thefts could have easily been avoided by locking their valuables in the trunk of their cars, as police and others have suggested for many years.This was a crime of opportunity.If the vehicle has no trunk,hide them under the seats,coyer them up behind the front seats, or better yet, take them with you. Out of sight,out of mind applies here. Several years ago, I found 3 purses near the Lodi Airport that were mostly intact, except for any cash, I was able to contact one of the owners to tell her that I had possession and that a sheriff was on his way to get them and return them to their owners. I saved them some inconvenience that was mentioned in Ms. Houston's letter. Those purses had been left in cars at a soccer game in Galt the night before,is what I was told. I was offered a reward, which I declined,since my reward was knowing that my prompt action was appreciated, and that Officer Peeples gave me his card and told me to call him If I ever needed to.


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