Overnight Tuesday, a couple of minor mysteries struck an Oak Lawn apartment complex.
The first: Who took the Louis Vuitton luggage and iPad from the gold 2010 Lexus parked for the night in the 4300 block of Gilbert Avenue? A neighbor awoke to a car alarm at about 6 a.m. and caught a glimpse of a white guy, 28ish, crouching beside the vehicle with a flashlight, but the man fled in a dark-color SUV before the neighbor could get a solid description.
The second, apparently related mystery, was discovered next to the car by a responding Dallas police officer. There, inside a nondescript gray duffel bag, were the contents of a small adult novelty store. Police recorded:
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- 1 pair of black leather chaps
- 5 VHS tapes, titles not listed
- 1 bottle of wine
- $200 worth of "miscellaneous leather bondage items"
- 1 tube of Preparation H
There are a handful of possible scenarios that could explain the presence of the duffel bag. Perhaps it belonged to the Lexus owner, a 29-year-old woman, but she was too embarrassed to claim it. Alternately, the thief was a serial burglar who had just snatched the duffel from another car. Or maybe he brought it from home -- you know, just in case something unexpected happened -- and left it behind in his haste to escape.
In any case, the duffel bag and its contents are at DPD's property room waiting to be claimed by its rightful owner. If no one comes forward, perhaps the cops can do what they do with drug dealers' SUVs and repurpose it for police work. Surely there's someone on the force who can figure out how to put it to good use.
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