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Don't Leave Keys in Your Car!


Last Edited: January 9, 2008, 6:30 pm

I saw a very sad story on the evening news 2 nights ago, although I can't find anything about it online.  (let me know if you do)  I believe it is completely true.  An elderly lady walked into 7-11 in North Naples FL and left her keys in the car with her beloved companion, a 12 year old c**ker spaniel, in the back seat. This exact same crime happened in Nov when someone stopped at that 7-11 to make a phone call and her 14 year old labrador was in the car.  According to that earlier story, the owner grabbed the thief and tried to pull him out of the car, but he still was able to drive off with the car & dog.  Very strange. Sad, but still strange. I guess I simply can't get into the head of a criminal (thank goodness) who is brazen enough to carjack a vehicle at such a public location.  I'm not sure if any crimes have been reported at our local 7-11.  I often see cops hanging around there. It's frequented by tourists in wet bathing suits, so they probably keep a close eye on that location or try to keep the negative stories from the media.  Maybe I'll park closer to the front door next time.

Why do people leave their keys in the car? 

When searching for this local article to see if the dog was found, I came across a similar story in MN.  That story apparently hit the headlines in St. Paul and was on the evening news.  But look at this update that the dog's owners wrote.  Sounds suspicious to me.


One of the calls came from Michael E., his fiancée is in a coma at a local Hospital. She has shown signs of improvement and saw the news coverage and told Mike to call and to offer money for a reward. I spoke with Mike and told him that Hospitals are expensive and that they should keep their money.

Huh?  How does someone in a coma watch tv news coverage?  Maybe I'm reading too much into it, and am not as trusting as I should be, but it's possible for anyone to cry "my car was stolen and my dog was in the back seat."  Then the owners started a fund to raise money for a reward and they have a web site too with photos.  (They found the car, but no dog.)  Oh -  and this happened on Christmas Eve too.  Sounds fishy to me. Guess watching stories like Susan Smith who cried "please find my babies" after she drowned them in her car have jaded me a little.

Anyway, I hope the woman finds her c**ker spaniel. You could tell she was in shock when the reporters were sticking their microphones in her face.  She kept pleading that she didn't care if they kept the car, but her dog is on medication and needs to be returned soon.  Same story, same store.  That area used to be very safe.  Wish I could afford to move back to Captiva or Sanibel Island.  When I lived on the islands someone committed a robbery and the police didn't even have to chase the idiot.  They just called the person at the drawbridge! 

By the way,  I was very surprised at how many Google results came up about cars stolen with pets inside. 

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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 9, 2008, 6:26 pm
Funny, I had to edit because I couldn't type the breed of dog and it came out "er spaniel." So I used asterisks. :-)
Comment by pacattack05 - January 9, 2008, 7:15 pm
You should've wrote cooky spaniel...lol
I had my car stolen the day after I bought it. I was in small dealership off of old 41 and terry street. I left the keys in the car and went inside. When I came out the car was gone. I should've known better. The cop told me that it's illegal to leave keys in the ignition because a small kid could get in and drive off, and crash.

I paid 1,300 bucks for it and had to pay back the 1,500 I promised my friend who loaned me the money to buy it.. 200 bucks interest and no car....sad...lol
justxploringComment by justxploring - January 9, 2008, 8:21 pm
Weren't you insured?
Comment by pacattack05 - January 10, 2008, 6:02 am
justx..not for theft, just liability.
JakeComment by Jake - January 10, 2008, 8:26 am
Hey JXP - Years ago, Larry King featured a woman whose car had been stolen with her dog in the back seat right - the last thing her now deceased husband had given her. Anyway, at the time I remember it getting lots of air time and, as I recall, the dog actually turned up but the car did not. This particular person had financial means and offered just about anything to get the dog back. As far as I know, this case was legit, but you know someone out there is always looking for an angle.

Because animals are considered property, this is just too easy.
spy153Comment by spy153 - January 10, 2008, 8:41 am
I hate people that leave their keys in their cars, with their infant kids inside. This is a crime, I know, but not well enforced. I report it almost everytime I see it.
justxploringComment by justxploring - January 10, 2008, 2:32 pm
Yes, Spy. Not having children, sometimes I think "I understand how difficult it is" but I still get upset. I've seen children playing with the shift too. (although they should be sitting in back in a child seat) Illegal or not, many people don't use them. In NH I once looked in my rear view mirror and saw a child literally hanging out of a car window and the mother was grabbing him by the jersey. If I had a cell phone at that time, I would have called the cops. It bothers me enough when I see dogs in pickup trucks or hanging out of windows when people drive down the highway, but this was a child.

Jake, I am sure the latest story in Naples is true. This woman wasn't faking her shock and horror. But when I saw that web site in MN, it looked fake to me. I'm sure the photos of the dog are real, but the story about the woman in a coma saying "take my money" sounds phony. Yes, dogs are considered property. Some places think that about wives.
justxploringComment by justxploring - January 10, 2008, 2:47 pm
Pac, sorry - my ignorance. Property & casualty is not my background so I know little about it. I worked for 2 weeks at one of those no fault places where they give anyone insurance, but it was a rough area and I left (past Edison Mall) I didn't have a P&C license so I really couldn't do much except take the cash and give people receipts. I couldn't believe how many people had no insurance or had let it lapse and were still driving. Just yesterday a woman crashed into a truck on I-75 and didn't have any coverage at all. (hope she's okay) Also, FL doesn't have a lot of mandatory insurance which is scary. I always have full coverage (I have to, it's financed) but I understand why many people don't have theft. Still, I only pay $80 a month for everything. (collision, bodily injury, liability, property damage, no fault, medical payments, comprehensive, theft, car rental...you can tell I'm cheating by looking at my policy! LOL

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