A U-lock couldn't be slipped past the baseplate, so this was not a theft attempt.
I reported it to 311, for what that's worth (usually worth something but I think the request goes directly to the bike program, which I've surmised is on furlough due to the budget crisis.)
Walking to the store a little while ago . . . come upon a parked car with its trunk all the way open and a dissembled mid-high end Trek aluminum bike in it (with a floor jack and such).
I stand there dumbfounded . . . no-one around, look around the corner. Nobody anywhere.
Finally closed the trunk and moved on but if anyone sees me on some sort of hidden camera expose* let me know.
*how do you due the accent on a windoze peecee?
thanks everyone for making me feel better, sort of... guess it was a car and not bike thief after all.