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Old 13 October 2010, 09:26 PM
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Default Sneaky car theft caught on security camera

Comment: Just a reminder, some of America's Dumbest Criminals are not that
dumb. As we approach the holiday season in this struggling economy, we must
all be more mindful of criminals.especially when we shop. This video clip was
shared by my sister, who is a part of the Miami-Dade Police Department. It is
truly scary.

He got her car, purse and house keys without touching her, and she would
not even be able to give a description of the person. Just thankful there
wasn't a child in the car. I have to wonder just how many people, would do
exactly the same thing as this young lady. I hate to say it, but I can see
myself doing exactly what she did!!!!! I am glad that I saw this as I think I
will turn the car off and take the keys should this happen to me!
Be cognizant of your surroundings....stay on your toes.

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Old 13 October 2010, 09:51 PM
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Most security cameras have a much broader view than that.
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Old 13 October 2010, 09:53 PM
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Fake. Reasons:

No car thief is going to hang around a parking lot for 30 minutes (based on the time chop) waiting for the driver to show up. Note that the thief has to be very close for this to work, so he could "seed" a couple of cars at most. Then he has to wait around, keeping an eye on those cars for the driver to show up.

Also, why is a camera in a parking lot mounted and aimed so as to capture only one or two cars at most?
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Old 13 October 2010, 09:58 PM
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She also moves barely a foot or so before suddenly stopping and checking the back of the car immediately. Her window was up as well - would the cans have been that loud and that localise-able that she would stop so quickly and go so promptly to the source? (And so beautifully within the frame of the camera?)

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Old 13 October 2010, 10:39 PM
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You would think he'd put the cans under the car where they wouldn't be seen so easily.
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Old 14 October 2010, 03:45 AM
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You would think he'd put the cans under the car where they wouldn't be seen so easily.
Yeah especially if it was a shopping centre carpark where there's a high chance of the person putting something in their boot.
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Old 21 October 2010, 06:40 PM
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Definitely fake... If you notice, as she begins to pull away the cans drag for only a few inches and don't even fall off the ledge. No way she could have heard them dragging.

That said, I could definitely see this happening and now that it's on the internet I would not be surprised if it just gave someone an idea.
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Old 22 October 2010, 09:00 PM
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While it does look fake in the aspect of being a real car theft, it made me wonder. Could this be a video showing people what has been happening in the area to raise awareness? That would explain why everything is so perfectly framed. Why the cans are so in view, why she gets out after driving a small amount of distance, etc. That way people could check their cars before getting in?
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Old 21 May 2011, 07:31 PM
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Just got the video forwarded by a friend and found this thread.

Another reason to believe the video is fake, at the end, when the sequence is repeated, with the enlarged image of the three cans, there is far more detail in that enlarged image than is visible in the original can installation sequence.
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Old 21 May 2011, 08:28 PM
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While I agree that, to put it charitably, it's, er, "staged", the higher level of detail on the cans in the close-up shot isn't a reason to think it's "fake", UrbanLegends101.

Don't forget that we're looking at a low-res YouTube version of the original film. Most cameras these days capture a higher resolution than can actually be displayed on a screen, never mind in a small window on a screen. If you had access to the original full-resolution video, you could easily zoom in on part of it to show more detail than was visible in the whole-picture view window at that size.
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Old 21 May 2011, 11:15 PM
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Apparently the cans have some hypnotic property so as to completely captivate the person's attention so that they don't notice a person sprinting immediately behind them and jumping into their car. Or maybe he was an undercover ninja I don't know.
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