Thought this was a bit interesting. Military? Pranksters? Who knows.
Something was in the air this week around downtown and Olde Towne that temporarily disabled keyless car entry devices.
For a several hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, some vehicle owners were forced to open their cars and trucks the old-fashioned way - with
"It affected all the cars on the lot," said Larry Preddy, manager of Action Cadillac GMC Truck on High Street.
Action's repair department was busy Tuesday and Wednesday with customers seeking to get their keyless device s repaired. Tests, however, showed that
they were not broken, nor were the batteries dead.
On Monday, several police detectives could not use their keyless devices while downtown, either, police spokeswoman Jan Westerbeck said.
Faye Timm, an Olde Towne resident, said, "It was very strange when my remote wouldn't work.
"I hadn't been without it for a long time, then I remembered, 'I can use my key.' "
E-mails that circulated among Olde Towne residents Wednesday indicated that at least 15 residents experienced the same problem.
No one's been able to pinpoint the source of the interference.
"We weren't doing anything this week that would have even remotely contributed to that," said Steve Milner, spokesman for the Norfolk Naval
Shipyard near downtown Portsmouth.
"Whatever it was - electromagnetic, radar, sonar, microwave - it took everybody out at the same time," Preddy said.