Crime Update

With all this matrimonial nonsense, I forgot to post an update on an earlier Bad Thing.

Loyal Readers will recall that a few weeks back, Doc Russia’s Doom Wagon was stolen from outside the hospital where he was working.

Among the contents:  a semi-automatic rifle, a Glock and his emergency medical bag.

Less than a week later, the Doom Wagon was found undamaged (other than the window broken to gain access).  Missing was the medical kit, the Glock and the jerrycans of gas attached to the rear door.  The rifle had been undiscovered, and was still in its hidden compartment.

Four days later the Glock was recovered, still unfired, at a crime scene.

Of course, the medic bag was gone (Doc is still hoping the thieves shot up the Lidocaine in their enclosed syringes — it’s mortally toxic when thus administered).

Nevertheless, the Wagon has been completely fixed up and is now in its original condition other than with the addition of various anti-theft devices (which I may not describe for legal reasons).

A round of applause for the Dallas P.D. is called for.


  1. SOP for any vehicle you care about, by which I especially mean anything you ever leave a firearm or other valuables in, should be a quality alarm with GPS tracking and a backup battery. Immobilize it and they’re not driving it away, and with GPS even if they do truck it away, you’ll know about it pretty quick and be able to take immediate action.

    Yes, it costs around $4-500 to outfit a vehicle thus, but how much is your insurance deductable? How much do you want one of your firearms used in a crime?

    I’ve had windows popped out and locks punched, but in 20-odd years of owning fast and interesting cars that are theft magnets, I’ve never had one be somewhere other than where I left it.

  2. “matrimonial nonsense” ???? How many stitches did you need and has the lump on your head gone down yet? Seriously I’m glad that Doc recovered his ride. I suspect that his good relationship with the boys in blue may have helped just a bit. Did he recover his pistol or is it still lost somewhere as “evidence” – unfortunately SOP in many big cities. Not that any of us are lacking for pistols, but you hear too many stories about departments refusing to return any firearm to the lawful owner.

  3. +1 on alarms, if it’s a good one (figure ~$1K), and a simple trick prevents drive-offs: a 4 ft Kryptonite coated steel security cable and a large American-brand (A701 Solid Steel Padlock, about $40 – it’s all hardened steel and a fairly pick-resistant lock)or better yet, Abus, padlock. Use the eyes to make a loop around the steering wheel spokes and padlock the bottom eye to the brake pedal. Extra points for cranking the wheel to full lock before cabling (just don’t forget it’s a full lock before you pull out). Doesn’t stop broken windows and loss of contents but I’ve never seen a cabled vehicle moved (I’ve suggested to Kryptonite they offer a version with a bright orange plastic covering to make it easier to see from outside the car; frequently a highly visible deterrent will discourage an attempt).

    It might be worthwhile to investigate an electronic tracking system for a unique vehicle that stands out like the Doc’s; the newer systems have GPS and cellular comms so they’ll call the mother ship wherever there’s cell service. (I’d think if he uses the vehicle for work-related activities an anti-theft system might be tax deductible).

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