Yesterday afternoon Ms. Penelope looked out the window and saw a young fellow walking up Riverside Drive trying the driver’s side doors of the parked vehicles (warm day; lots of river visitors). When she and I got out the front door, we saw the fellow with the door of a car open, right in front of our mailbox.
Never mind that some thoughtless fool parked so Mr. Worsham would have to get around the car to deliver our mail. That thoughtless fool left his car unlocked, helping to chum for criminals in our quiet neighborhood. Indeed, car breakins (or, more often, theft from unlocked cars) continues the be the #1 crime in our block.
The would-be thief closed the door and went on down the block when he saw us watching him. Then he worked his way back toward 42d St., got into a shiny, black car, and drove away. He was gone when the cops got here.
For what it’s worth: thin, tan knit cap over ears, wife-beater shirt, orange underwear showing where the belt was half way down his butt.
There’s not much we can do about the fools who park here and leave stuff in their unlocked vehicles. But, as always, put your stuff in the trunk or in the house and lock your cars so you won’t contribute to, and suffer from, this problem.