23 Jun 2019
When and where did it take place: It took place at Topkapi- Istanbul in 2013
Who was doing it: A team of local thieves working together
How did they do it: They work as a team. One of them is watching you while others break the car window and get your stuff while you are far enough from the car. We parked our car in front of the big public park right at the end of historic city walls at Topkapi. I thought the scenery was beautiful as the sun just came out after snowing for a few days. It was a great contrast, snow on the ground, blue sea, sun shining and the historic city walls.
We left our laptop, extra camera lenses in the car as we did not want to carry them while taking photos. This guy was watching us from about 100 meters away and followed us wherever we went in the park. It was a huge place and the trees kind of makes it hard to see the cars at the parking area.
After a while the follower guy disappeared. We were there for about one or two hours. We found out that the back-seat window was broken and everything (laptop, lenses) was gone. We called the cops and went to Police station, spent like an hour or so, they took our contact info in case they find the thieves. Well, it’s been over 5 years, I guess they are still searching.
This kind of stuff happens almost at every park place, even at shopping malls. Never leave anything valuable in the car unless you want them to be stolen!