J realized it this afternoon when he went out to get groceries. A witness said it happened around 2 a.m.
Our car is old and not one that would typically be stolen. There are two likely possibilities:
1. It was stolen for parts,
2. It was stolen for "ransom."
Regarding possibility #2: A Korean gentleman in our neighborhood had his car stolen some months back. He was contacted and asked for 12000 LE for the return of his car. He told the police; they pretty much shrugged and said he should pay it, so he did.
If we are in the same boat, J says he won't be paying. When he made the police report, he was disgusted by the lack of concern, etc. and feels that we can't expect much help from the police at the station where he went. Tomorrow, he'll try to get help from people associasted with the embassy.
Good thoughts/vibes/prayers are requested.
Sometimes things suck. At least we have a lot to be grateful for, like the fact that no one was hurt. :-<
ETA: A conversation with frigg made me realize that I forgot to share something else: we can't buy another car to replace ours. We are only allowed to buy one during our stay in Egypt. If anything ever happens to your car (breaks down, is totalled, etc), you can't buy another. I'm too tired to look up the exact law, but I think this only applies to cars with diplomatic plates. So, if we don't get ours back, we'll have to finish the remainder of our stay carless.