WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — One day, Matthew Gaine went out to his car and noticed that the driver's seat was in the wrong position. The next day the mirrors were moved. On the third day, the car was missing.
Police say muggers who had stolen Gaine's keys were taking the 1998 Volvo on joyrides at night, even filling up the tank so he wouldn't notice.
Gaine was beaten and robbed by teenagers as he staggered home from a bender early July 16, Jackson said Friday.
"He goes home and he changes the locks on his house, but he's embarrassed, so he doesn't call us," said Daniel Jackson, deputy police commissioner in White Plains.
Several days later, Gaine, who did not return a call seeking comment, noticed a dent in his car, parked in its normal spot in his apartment building's garage. Then he started to notice other oddities, including the repositioned driver's seat and the closed sunroof.
On Monday, the car was gone. "Then he calls," Jackson said.
Two teenage boys were arrested.