After having his car broken into while parked at a trailhead on Mt. Hood, a friend of mine was told by the sheriff that this happens regularly, and that they even know who's doing it, but can't prosecute for lack of evidence and lack of interest by the DA.
So my friend "Joe" went back the next week and hid-out waiting for the car-breaker to show up. He did, just before sunset. Joe watched the guy break into all of the cars there, and then (by means not specified) he captured the car breaker and handcuffed him to his own car and left notes on everyone else's cars telling them where to find the guy who had broken into their cars.
The report was that the car breaker survived unhurt. His car did not.