At 11pm tonight, Amy and I were sitting at the stop light directly across from Stahlman Lumber at the intersection of Greenbriar and Southwest Freeway.
We watched as a fairly recent white BMW M3 pulled into the parking lot, and two guys and two girls got out. They stretched, loitered around the parking lot for 10-15 seconds, then ran over and started grabbing the big plastic movable letters off the sign on the front of the building.
I didn’t have my phone on me (to call 911), so we had to drive around the block and then follow the car as it drove away until we were behind it at another stoplight in order to get the tag info.
As soon as we got home, Amy called Rice University campus police to make a report and was told that there was a scavenger hunt going on and this activity was not uncommon at this time of year.
I don’t care *why* spoiled kids (driving a new M3) are stealing signs, the fact is they’re stealing signs. Period. There is no excuse. If they needed certain plastic letters, they can buy them at a 24-hour Wal-Mart.
Tomorrow, Amy’s going down to Stahlman Lumber to give them the info as well. Hopefully these kids will get caught and learn a lesson, before they get shot for trespassing while stealing more signs.
Update: Apparently there were no off-campus authorized scavenger hunt locations. According to the Rice PD, the students involved admitted the theft, are being brought in front of a student judicial review board.