What do you do when your purse gets stolen? You pitch a story to a radio show. That's what I did, anyway. It'll be on Marketplace Money this weekend: it's called Stop, Thief!
Marketplace Money is broadcast on almost 200 NPR stations nationwide. To find out when my voice could be coming out of a car stereo near you, use this handy map. But don't wait to hear Kai say "Pinky" - listen for my real name, Carolyn Kellogg.
Want to hear the story right now? Well don't be shy: it's already online.
Sadly, the show cut the part when an Los Angeles police detective told me, "You'll never see your property again." Then he laughed, like this: "Heh heh." I kind of loved him for that.