You see more cars stripped of their tires and left on cinder blocks by thieves in bad movies and car insurance commercials than you do in real life. So it's not exactly the type of thing you'd expect to go down in Coral Gables, let alone right in front of the victim's home.
Well, that's exactly what happened to former state representative and failed county mayoral candidate Marcelo Llorente.
According to Naked Politics, Llorente woke up Monday to fine his leased black Mercedes sitting on cinder blocks with all four tires missing.
"I've never seen anything like it," Llorente told the blog. "It's just crazy."
Llorente said the car was parked just five yards from his front door. The family dog, Lulu, a Maltese, had two barking fits the night before, but Llorente didn't think to check if anything was amiss.
"Now I know to trust my dog!" he says.
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Police told him that the same thing had happened to a neighbor a few blocks away.
Llorente, who is working as a lobbyist for the Miami Dolphins, recently moved to the Gables from Kendall.
Coral Gables residents: We suggest parking your car in your garage or at least listening to your Maltese.