Somebody in an almost certainly stolen air conditioning repairman's van just drove through the middle of my yard at about 50MPH, sideswiped the big tree in front, fishtailed, and slammed another oak on the fenceline and took out the last section of fence and the stop sign. Airbag deployed and still smoking, side of the van dished in like god punched it, asshole responsible already vanished down the street by the time I got up, got clothes on, and got outside to take a look.
I hope to god he didn't kill the big tree in the front. I love that tree.
Pictures (and more news if I have it) later. God I'm tired. I didn't need this.
Bloodhounds have been out for an hour or so. The officer on scene thinks they may have a good shot at catching this guy, since the hounds are still tracking. I fucking hope so.
Turns out the plates on the van were stolen off of it in its lot about ten days ago. The van itself was stolen tonight.
Thumbnails above are all clickable. Brief synopsis: guy turns off the road, drives the passenger side front of the van hard into the house side of the big oak in my yard, spins around clockwise and slams the driver's side into the oak on the fence line, and the van spins counterclockwise around that tree to take out my fence section and the street signs. You can't really tell from these pics, but this guy could have spun the van right into me sleeping in my bed if he'd hit the big tree at a different angle. As to why he drove off the road at high speed and into my yard in the first place, we won't know unless the hounds catch him. Preferably by biting him in the nuts. Hard.
Hopefully Tropic-Aire's insurance will cover this shit because I really don't want to be out the hefty deductible from my homeowners' insurance.
update: talked to the owner of Tropic-Aire (which is a patio furniture store, not an A/C place as I had incorrectly assumed).
His employee got to feeling sick last night and went home, LEAVING THE KEYS IN THE VAN. This in spite of the fact that the tags had already been stolen off the van about ten days ago, ie "crime in your lot after hours is not a surprise".