Another Mystery for Columbo
14 May 2006
This morning I discovered that our car had been vandalised.
An escutcheon was missing from the rear door handle. Naturally I thought that Mrs Monk must have had a little accident, and that she had failed to tell me about it. I walked around the car to check for more damage and I was surprised to find another escutcheon missing from the other rear door.
Even Mrs Monk could not have been that careless, I thought; it could only be, that the car had been mindlessly vandalised. The graffitist's and the vandals do appear regularly on Friday and Saturdays nights in Leigh, and Sunday mornings is the time to survey the damage.
Mrs Monk had been swimming this Sunday morning at our fitness club, and had returned home and parked outside our house. She insisted it must have happened outside our house since she had not noticed the damage before that.
However, I have learnt not to accept such assurances, and we retraced her movements back to the fitness club, and true-enough, there beside the very same fitness club parking bay where she had parked just two hours earlier, was just one of the two missing escutcheons.
We now had the crime and the time and the place, without any doubt whatsoever.
What surprised us was that the parking space she selected was directly in front of the entrance to the fitness club and above that door was a brand new CCTV security camera which could not have been more conveniently located.
We spoke with a manager who assured us that they would view the record of the CCTV and get back to us.
We got the call at lunchtime and we were surprised to be told that they found nothing untoward on the CCTV. They were apparently able to see Mrs Monk arrive and park the car until she completed her swim and got back in the car and left for home.
We asked to see the CCTV footage ourselves but we must first fill in some forms.
Watch this space.