A story for all the young offenders on hubski. Just kidding.
But you never know.
Follow up: A few years after this incident, I read in the paper that a guy with the same name as the thief had died in a car accident. He was driving a stolen car. Two other people in the car survived. They said that they had just met the guy at a party, and were on their way to another party when he smashed the car.
Same name, same behaviour: meet strangers, visit homes, smash stolen cars.
It's interesting that making a difference for damaged people typically means taking some.