From recent police incident reports (all names are made up):
Between July 4, 7 p.m., and July 5, noon
2444 Wisconsin (rear)
Rufus parked a white 2005 Buick LaCrosse with Georgia tags behind Surfside. When he came back the next day, the car was gone.
July 5, 5:45 p.m.
Maura was shopping at Safeway. A man distracted her with trivial conversation while a woman stole her purse.
Between July 7, 8 p.m., and July 8, 5:45 p.m.
Theft from auto
Rick parked a white 2009 Ford truck at the Holiday Inn. When he returned, his window had been smashed and his GPS was missing.
July 8, around 1:40 p.m.
Nigel left his cell phone on a table at the Safeway and saw a man swipe it. Nigel tried to get the phone back, but the man fled the store and ran south on Wisconsin.