Two longtime Patterson Park dwellers still have their wheels, but they’re missing some doors.
Ann Carmody and Jon Fisher, who’ve lived in their neighborhood for nearly 40 years, stepped out on Sunday to find the passenger-side doors missing from their 2014 Toyota Camry. The vehicle had been parked at the corner of N. Milton Avenue and E. Baltimore Street in their designated handicap spot.
According to an incident report provided by police, the thief or thieves broke the car’s driver’s side window overnight in order to get in, then handily detached both side doors and fled. No witnesses or cameras were observed in the area. A GoFundMe page created by a family friend says the thieves also cut the vehicle’s electrical wiring, which would have aided them in stealing the doors undetected.
Such thefts are often blamed on chop shops that hire thieves to target specific cars for their parts. This incident is the second one to hit the neighborhood this year; ABC2 reports that a neighbor on N. Kenwood Avenue in April found her 2008 Honda Accord missing both of its passenger-side doors as well.
Fortunately, the GoFundMe page indicates Fisher’s and Carmody’s insurance will pay for the replacement doors. The fundraiser is actually a preventative one, seeking money for a security camera that they could install on the side of their end-unit home overlooking the parking space. They’ve raised $550 toward their $600 goal as of Tuesday morning.