Saturday, May 9, 2015

To Catch a Thief - What Am I?

If you live in CA you know that mail theft is a real issue here.  Our neighborhood (San Diego area) is no more or less immune than other neighborhoods.  Last night one of the neighbors security cams caught a car that was driving on the wrong side of the street in front of their house.  Their mail had been stolen.  So had the mail of several neighbors.  Instead of the usual "What Am I?" where we KNOW what it is when we post it, could you help identify this car as it would help us possibly catch the perpetrator.

The first picture (above) shows the car as it starts to cross the center line and the next picture shows the car as it gets closer to their mailbox.


It appears somewhat distorted as the rooflines look elongated.  In the top photo it appears to be a two door, with a roofline much like a Saturn Coupe, but the second photo has what could be a door handle or a reflection just below the rear window.

Feel free to post whatever you think it might be with a picture link below.

Thanks!





28 comments:

  1. Neat idea, Hunsbloger! My guess is either a Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima or a Toyota Prius. My gut feeling is it's the later because that's the preferred vehicle of most gangbangers (that's a "Weeds" reference!). WARNING: language.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZJjTEmXaf8

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    1. I'm probably alone, as usual, but I've been reading all of the DTer guesses and it makes me chuckle that we'll never know what kind of car that is, exactly. We can guess all day but it won't confirm what make and model it is. Still fun to guess, though!

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    2. Who leaves their mail in the box overnight? Lesson learned here; get your mail before the mailbox marauding crim-crims do.

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    3. I probably pull my mail bi-monthly. Only because I know there is nothing I need in there.

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    4. Very interesting, Maximus. I'm sure there are plenty of folks that do exactly what you do. But if there's something important and worth stealing, who would do that? I still read a lot of paper media, so I get mine every day. I even know my postal worker, they know me and when it's delivered every day.

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  2. Looks like a Honda Civic to me (and a rather recent model).

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  3. I agree with the newer Civic. Mail theft must pay reasonably well!

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  4. [img]http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=imgres&cd=&ved=0CAkQjBwwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.caranddriver.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F09%2F2014-Honda-Accord-hybrid-placement1-626x382.jpg&ei=wRZOVd7CLIKyyASwhoGIDg&psig=AFQjCNEzA7lvdQqE8_telvUQ1QP0OIRlLQ&ust=1431267393809668[/img] I think Honda also

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    1. BTW, I hope your local police department follows through and does a good job since this is a serious crime. In my experience most police departments blow everything off. However, they sure follow through with revenue collection (tickets) and wanting me to vote for more funds. It seems they lost sight of "protect and serve". So I have been losing faith in our justice system.

      That said, I am now excited to say that maybe my faith in the justice system has been renewed!
      The Oklahoma Attorney general Office is getting the job done in the case against Robert Jackson of Swedish Ops that has bilked us of our funds for undelivered product and no refunds.
      See article at this LINK

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    2. That's fantastic to see. Unfortunately, I fear you will never see any reimbursement. Karma, however, is soundly in your corner for this one, though.

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  5. Fleetwood T. BroughamMay 9, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    I was on board with the Honda Civic too, until I paid closer attention to the headlights. Those headlights clearly curve upwards along the fender line, and the civic doesn't do that--the civics go more outwards. Here are my suspects (in my order of suspicion) based on the things we can tell---headlight shape, shape of side greenhouse, and the fact that there appears to be an open area of black surrounding the front plate.

    Hyundai Elantra
    [img]http://imganuncios.mitula.net/2012_hyundai_elantra_springfield_mo_98074136042925436.jpg[/img]

    Kia Forte
    [img]http://car-pictures.cars.com/images/?IMG=CAC40KIC111C121001.png&WIDTH=624&HEIGHT=300&AUTOTRIM=1[/img]

    Dodge Dart
    [img]http://wheels.theadvocate.com/images.aspx/id-538902020-w-492-h-369/2015-dodge-dart-020-p2.jpg[/img]

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    1. Good catch! I think the headlight clues are distinctive. There are not too many cars for which that much headlight on the far side of the car would be visible at that angle. The Hyundia/Kia fits the bill. The photo of the Dart is about the right angle, but no passenger side headlight is visible, so I would rule it out.

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    2. Elantra looks a good bet re headlight/taillight and rear door window contour.

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    3. My first thought was elantra also. Headlights and wraparound taillights seem to point that way.

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  6. Almost certainly a late model Japanese import. Clearly a four door - front door handles too far forward to be a two door. Wrap around rear taillights look pretty pronounced in the second shot. The wheels are somewhat distinctive. It looks a bit like a 2014 Prius like this one, seen in similar profile: http://wot.motortrend.com/1402_toyota_recalls_more_than_700000_prius_hybrids_for_software_fix.html/2014-toyota-prius-three-quarters-drivers-view-001/

    The most distinctive feature in the photo are the rear taillights seen from the side in the second shot. The previous model Altima (circa 2011) also fits the bill. It has chrome in places where it appears the subject vehicle is brightly reflecting. It also has a body line that appears to be illuminated a bit in the second photo.

    Good luck!




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  7. I'm with SecondMouse. I'll say Altima. Notice the chrome window surround and the wheels, which are clearly a 5-spoke design. It's definitely not a Prius. Gangbangers and other miscreants don't drive Prii, a used Altima is a much more credible, cheaper, and favored by those on a tight budget. Fleetwood T. Brougham's suggestion of a Kia Forte is a good one, too, but the security pic makes it look longer.

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  8. I'm going with Prius based on overall shape, headlights, wheels, window shape.

    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/41/Toyota_Prius_Life_%28ZVW30%29_front-2_20110116.jpg/320px-Toyota_Prius_Life_%28ZVW30%29_front-2_20110116.jpg[/img]

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    1. Car in pic 2 seems to have Crome trim around the windows. Does the Prius have Crome trim. I only see black when I image search the Pious.

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  9. I am now in the Elantra camp based on the 'C' pillar swoop.

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  10. Thanks! We are working with the Postal Service who are quite responsive and take this very seriously. Our neighborhood is split between two different jurisdictions one side of the street is local, the other side is county.
    I'm leaning towards the Hyundai Elantra because that body crease runs right through the door handles and the window shape at the rear quarter window seems correct and the roofline seems to flow properly.
    The tough part is the the lighting and distortion because I think it stretches the image a little.
    Re: The Prius... rump is too abrupt on the Prius
    Re: The Altima.. the quarter window behind the door kicks up too abruptly
    I'm in no way the definitive answer on this, I'm just commenting on what I'm seeing in the pictures.
    I'll just be sending this link to the appropriate people.

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    1. Hello Mr. Hunsbloger,
      We have filed your case under "high priority" and you should hear from us soon.
      [img]http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=imgres&cd=&ved=0CAkQjBwwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.futuremusic.com%2Fnews%2Fimages%2Fraiders-of-the-lost-ark-warehouse.jpg&ei=XU5OVZPLDIiHyATd74CQDw&psig=AFQjCNGCOZi6RcGiwPL24dctKyudSKHjxA&ust=1431281629287992[/img]

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  11. I change my vote to the Elantra. The stock wheels seem to match well too. Good Luck!

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  12. It's dfinately the Honda Civic, not that all of he new cars don't look the same. My dad said when I was a kid that all cars will look the same at some point with safety and aerodynamic requirements.

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  13. Elantra or Sonata. With the stretched appearance it's difficult to determine the size (mid size vs. compact). Sitting at a light daydreaming, I'd say it was a Sonata.

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    1. I'm gonna say sonata as well. I know the pic seems elongated but i still think it's too long for and elantra

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    2. I'm gonna say sonata as well. I know the pic seems elongated but i still think it's too long for and elantra

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  14. Based on the taillights I was thinking Altima/Maxima

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  15. I was thinking Hyundai right off the BAT, no pun intended. It could be one of the others, but I don't see a Honda in there.

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