It may be hard to believe, but in all these years we’ve lived in the U.S., I have never been a victim of a crime, i.e., have never been robbed or stolen or anything of the sort. Actually, I have never even witnessed any crime in front of my eyes.
Largely this is due to the fact that almost all the places I have lived or worked, Stony Brook, Princeton, Jersey City port side, White Plains, Midtown Manhattan, are all among some of the safest places in the tri-state area.
So when somebody broke in our car and stole all the stuff in it last Saturday in a parking lot at Flushing, Queens, you can imagine it came as quite a shock to me.
They went in from the roof. Destroyed the entire sunroof glass (when we got back to the car the first thing we saw was the shattered glasses all over the front seats). Took our GPS, a bag with two mp3 players in it, and a cellphone car charger (a fr**king cellphone charger! how pathetic is that!).
Despite all that, it must have been a *lucky* day for us because after we’d parked the car we both remembered to take our wallet and cellphone with us.
Here’s a picture of the sunroof (or the lack of it) from the crime scene:
(This is the only photo as we were too busy calling the police to take more. 8=)
After the police were gone we found ourselves faced with the challenge of cleaning up all the broken glasses, in tiny pieces and powders, inside the car and around the sunroof, with our bare hands. Thankfully, one valuable thing those greedy thieves “surprisingly” did not take was… a roll of paper towel! Yes! Just the gloves we desperately needed…
Later on, a friend told me that there was actually a police station right next to that big, two-story parking lot. Haha now that’s very funny.