Can a car window be "popped out" by hitting the door mirror housing? Or was my window just smashed by an inefficient thief?
Here's the story. I came out of the drugstore tonight to find broken safety glass all around my car. (Uh-oh.) The driver's side window was smashed.
The security guards told me that the cameras don't cover the whole lot and I had parked just barely outside of the camera range. (Figures.)
The good news is that not a single thing inside the car was touched. Which is good, because although I don't generally do this (but I had gotten a bit sloppy about it lately), I had left an iPod and a camera on the front seat... covered by a heavy wool cloak. Everything was still exactly as it should be. The radio is still there including faceplate. No damage or marking to/around the ignition.
There was, however, an odd white mark on the outside of the door mirror housing.
A cop showed up and we watched the security cameras to see if anything useful showed up and nothing did. The theory suggested to me by the cop and the security guards is that either:
1. Someone smashed it in but someone came along and saw them and scared them. (And the white paint mark might have been left by whatever they used to smash it, or it's been there a while and I didn't notice.)
2. A large vehicle pushed on the mirror, leaving a white mark, and managed to pop the window right out! Evidence supporting this: more glass outside the car than in. But there was a bunch in too. Evidence against: no car of the appropriate type was seen in the part of the parking lot that was filmed by the security cameras.
So my question is: is this option #2 possible? You can see pictures of the damage here
, and you can see that there isn't any damage to the car except for the window and the (hard to see in these photos, but pretty obvious in person) white paint mark on the mirror housing. And there is glass on the back of the car, and I don't know if punching in a window would cause glass to fly that way, but then again, I have never broken a car window myself. The mirror housing itself doesn't seem broken, just scraped.
I tend to think that someone tried to break in and I was just damned lucky they were scared away, but I am curious whether the other suggested scenario is possible or likely.