Yesterday afternoon I came home early to go shopping for Tuesday dinner. When I got to my car, parked on the street in front of the Putnam Cafe, I found that the passenger window had been smashed and the radio had been ripped roughly out of the console.
All for a $30 radio. I'm pissed. My housemate's car, parked right in front of mine, had a much nicer stereo and was untouched. Maybe the scumbag thought that car was more likely to have an alarm.
Today I vacuumed out the broken glass and took it to Hondar House to get the console put back together and the window glass replaced. We'll see how painful this ends up being.
Of course, now I'm in the market for another radio. I kind of liked that model (aiwa cdc-x227) - it had the key feature of a front-panel line in jack - they're still cheap on eBay, and I've got a spare wiring harness for it. Perhaps I'll buy another and be more careful about taking off the faceplate (does that really deter thieves? I see radios without faceplates sold anyway, and if the thief suspects that the faceplate is nearby, such as in the glove box, they'll still break the window to find that out).