Thief Looking for Work Leaves Resume in Stolen Car
It's probably a better idea to use public transportation than to steal a car for a job interview. That's what a car thief in Calgary will learn, if they ever catch him. Despite the fact that he left his resume, complete with contact information, in the car he stole, he has yet to be arrested -- which leaves one to wonder about the competence of a certain police force in Canada.
According to an article posted on CNEWS, Jason LaPointe was awakened Monday morning by a phone call from the police telling him that his 2005 Dodge Neon had been stolen from in front of his house, and had been left in a back alley near a local mall.
When LaPointe went to pick up his car, he found the thief had left behind, in addition to his resume, a hat, an Ozzy Osborne CD, a hoodie, a T-shirt and a stick of Old Spice deodorant. (Perhaps he was on his way to an interview and needed to freshen up?) In any case, he wasn't too nervous to remember to steal LaPoint's iPod accessories and a $200 pair of sunglasses.
LaPointe gave the evidence to the police, along with a picture of the likely criminal, which he'd been able to find on the internet, thanks to the contact information on the resume. LaPointe even e-mailed the thief at the address he'd listed. Fresh out of high school, the alleged thief didn't seem to have much job experience according to the resume, other than working with cars.
The police have yet to arrest a suspect, however. When LaPointe turned over the evidence, the police said they would give it to the investigating officers when they returned to duty after taking the week off. In the meantime, police say they are "currently following up on a possible suspect based on articles found in the vehicle turned over to police by the owner."
After several days, however, LaPointe has not been made aware of any progress on the case. Meanwhile, the crime has cost him close to $1,000: The car's steering column was destroyed, he needed to take a day off work without pay to deal with the crime, he had to rent a car while his was being fixed, and, to add insult to injury, he had to pay a $106 impound fee, which will only be reimbursed if they apprehend the thief and find him guilty.
The police don't seem to be in any hurry.
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