In some cases, it's a good thing when the squeaky wheel doesn't get the grease.
Take Saturday, for example, when a Newport Beach man realized someone was stealing his bag full of hockey equipment because he heard the bag's distinct noise as they rolled it to a waiting car.
It was almost 2 in the afternoon when a homeowner in the 300 block of Onyx Avenue on Balboa Island was watering his plants. From the alley, he heard what sounded like his duffel bag full of hockey equipment getting wheeled away.
Police declined to identify the man saying he was a victim of a crime, and it could jeopardize the investigation.
The man peered over his balcony and saw a black car in front of his carport, but that was all, police said.
He ran to his car and saw his bag full of hockey equipment, valued at about $5,500, was gone. The man quickly put two and two together, and hopped into his car to chase down the black car. He caught up to it off Balboa Island, at Jamboree Road and East Coast Highway, and pulled up next to it.