Deal­ing with an NYC break-in

Crime and Pun­ish­ment

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - The Golf Life - BY STEPHEN HEN­NESSEY

had to call the New York City po­lice to re­port a theft—and felt slightly guilty do­ing it. Be­cause I knew that of all the crimes oc­cur­ring through­out the five bor­oughs at that mo­ment, my is­sue was surely a low pri­or­ity. But it was an emer­gency in my world, and I needed a po­lice re­port for in­surance pur­poses. My golf clubs were miss­ing. For al­most two years, I parked my bea­tup Chrysler 200 on 93rd Street be­tween Am­s­ter­dam Av­enue and Broad­way with­out a prob­lem. But on a cold night in Fe­bru­ary 2015, some­one broke into the trunk.

When I got to my car that morn­ing to make the roughly 40-mile drive to Golf Di­gest’s old head­quar­ters in Wil­ton, Conn., I no­ticed the trunk was slightly ajar. I fig­ured I’d clicked the trunk but­ton by ac­ci­dent to un­lock the car, so I pushed it shut and didn’t give it a thought un­til I ar­rived at work. Then I peered into the trunk and, of course, my clubs—and my room­mate Matt’s—were gone.

Now what? I called the Wil­ton po­lice de­part­ment and was told I needed to re­port the crime where it took place. When I got back to my block that night, I made the shame­ful 911 call, and within 10 min­utes, an NYPD car pulled up. I ex­plained to the two of­fi­cers how I didn’t no­tice the clubs were miss­ing un­til I was in Con­necti­cut, and one of the of­fi­cers cut me off: “Is this some in­surance play, buddy? It is tax sea­son.”

I get it. It’s New York City, where ev­ery­one has a b.s. de­tec­tor. But I wasn’t an­gling at all. And frankly, I wasn’t thrilled that the of­fi­cer had that re­ac­tion. “No, sir. If you have a lie-de­tec­tor test, I’ll prove it,” I of­fered.

“Wait here,” he told me. He and his part­ner went back to their car for about 10 min­utes be­fore re­turn­ing to tell me: “We can’t help. Your point of dis­cov­ery was in Con­necti­cut, so you need to re­port it with them.”

The next day I told the Wil­ton po­lice what the NYPD cops said. The guy laughed. “Those guys just told you that

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