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Smash and grab luggage theft in CA: what’s the point?

Like I “get” why you would take unused merchandise from a department store that you can fence, but who would want someone’s worn clothing and shit? Are they just hoping that they’ll come across the rare person who put their passport in their luggage?

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by Anonymousreply 28September 17, 2023 11:45 PM

It’s the 21st century. We don’t need to add quotation marks before and after colloquial language. Capisce?

As far as your question, I don’t know. Maybe it’s like a grab bag? Maybe mischief is fun?

by Anonymousreply 1September 16, 2023 2:58 PM

Sell it to some vintage clothing store for cash possibly?

by Anonymousreply 2September 16, 2023 2:59 PM

Well ...

by Anonymousreply 3September 16, 2023 3:01 PM

Ffs, the appropriate question is, “why would anyone record the walk back to their car with fast food?”

Either the video is staged (unlikely because it’s not that and the window will be expensive to fix) or the guy who took the suitcase was targeting that particular suitcase. Either to get back at a girlfriend or because it was full of drugs or cash.

by Anonymousreply 4September 16, 2023 3:03 PM

^ not that interesting

by Anonymousreply 5September 16, 2023 3:04 PM

It is quite common R4. See Mark Rober's latest glitter bomb video.

They often break the back window to pop the trunk, because people (mistakenly) think putting stuff in the trunk will be safer.

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by Anonymousreply 6September 16, 2023 3:08 PM

Chaos and mischief. The obsession of a doomed generation.

by Anonymousreply 7September 16, 2023 3:11 PM

OP thinks smash and grab only happens in Democratic strongholds. Or, at least, that’s OP’s message. Every damn day.

Meanwhile, back on planet reality….

The highest crime rates in the country are in red states.

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by Anonymousreply 8September 16, 2023 3:13 PM

I’m not going to watch that whole video, R6, but the beginning shows a guy grabbing a package that was visible. Not from a trunk.

The video OP posted shows a car pulling up to one car out of many in a parking lot and smashing the window and immediately releasing the trunk, which just happened to contain a suitcase, without even looking in the glove compartment for cash.

by Anonymousreply 9September 16, 2023 3:16 PM


by Anonymousreply 10September 16, 2023 3:18 PM

It is a long video R9, but he shows multiple examples of people going into the trunk during it. It was actually "odd' in that thieves were sometimes passing over stuff in the car, and going straight for the trunk, and Rober had to rethink his strategy, because they weren't stealing the glitter bomb in the back seat.

by Anonymousreply 11September 16, 2023 3:21 PM

Ok, now I’m curious, but that video is really long. Are these incidents toward the middle?

by Anonymousreply 12September 16, 2023 3:24 PM

Electronics, jewelry, documents (identity theft), there are all kinds of valuable things other than clothes that could be commonly found in luggage.

by Anonymousreply 13September 16, 2023 3:30 PM

Who would steal luggage?

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by Anonymousreply 14September 16, 2023 3:31 PM

Start at 9:57, but it happens at around 12 minutes in R12.

by Anonymousreply 15September 16, 2023 3:39 PM

Who keeps cash in the glove compartment? It would make sense that people would put something valuable in the trunk, as opposed to it being obviously seen in the car. Maybe they're hoping that there is jewelry/watches/laptops/ipads in the luggage.

by Anonymousreply 16September 16, 2023 4:37 PM

One often makes the mistake of prescribing too much intelligence to the actors. I can trade this for crack is about as solid a thought as one will find. I found this short video enlightening. Im going to try to apply it to my decisions in the future.

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by Anonymousreply 17September 16, 2023 4:37 PM

R17. Thank you. Carlo Cipolla was one of my favorite professors in college. He was an amazing lecturer, and his historical understanding of the roots of modern economics was awesome. He was an expert in connecting the dots between past events and future results.

by Anonymousreply 18September 16, 2023 5:13 PM

Cipolla was an imp—and a great teacher.

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by Anonymousreply 19September 16, 2023 5:18 PM

Yes but these thieves aren’t cracked out methheads, they are organized and commit these crimes using nice new model getaway cars.

by Anonymousreply 20September 16, 2023 5:25 PM

There's a market for everything. I made a lot of money back in the 90's receiving and selling stolen goods. Not drugs or clothes or luggage. I found a buyer who was Sicilian and made $100,000 in 18 months. If I could do it again I fucking would.

by Anonymousreply 21September 16, 2023 5:31 PM

But who puts valuable stuff in suitcases? Due to the risk of airlines losing/damaging luggage, most people keep everything valuable in their carry-on bags, don't they?

by Anonymousreply 22September 16, 2023 11:24 PM


People bring full sized suitcases on board all the time.

by Anonymousreply 23September 16, 2023 11:56 PM

[quote]Smash and grab luggage theft in CA: what’s the point?

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 24September 17, 2023 12:09 AM

Sorry, guys, I usually take on board with me two or three items with long straps and only have the one big suitcase that gets stored in the cargo hold. Easier to navigate the airport dragging only one suitcase.

I'm caught up now.

by Anonymousreply 25September 17, 2023 5:27 AM

They’re also stealing purses while people order food at the drive thru

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by Anonymousreply 26September 17, 2023 9:07 PM

Sounds like they have watched wayyyy too many movies and are thinking it's luggage crammed w cartel money.

by Anonymousreply 27September 17, 2023 11:19 PM

A friend was given a tracking device for her birthday to put in her purse. When the purse was stolen, it was easy to track. The police were already familiar with the thief and that little device helped in their case against him.

by Anonymousreply 28September 17, 2023 11:45 PM
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