After a morning session at Merritt Island, I drove to the Cocoa Beach Pier to surf and/or get some surf shots. I parked in a metered lot and took my D300 and lens (300/4) towards the beach for a quick look, leaving my bag and 1.4 tc in the truck. I've been around these beaches a long time, and one guy who was standing next to the parking lot just didn't look "right". I walked a short distance away and when I got into some trees I looked back just in time to see him walk by my truck and give the (locked) passenger side door handle a good pull. We call that "car hopping" and it's very popular with entry level criminals. I stepped out in the open, making sure he could see me and he took off running. Later, a local cop said they know the guy and he has warrants, they're surprised he's showing his face around the pier. Anyway, don't let your guard down...they're everywhere, always have been and sadly always will be.