How did Brent know the car parked across the street was stolen?
(a) he has spidey senses. you get those when you graduate from police school.
(b) it was a car we have never seen before.
(c) it was parked in a no parking zone.
(d) upon observant inspection, the driver's side lock was popped out slightly.
and that, folks, is all it takes, when you are a seasoned cop such as my husband (he is the senior officer on duty in his district sometimes these days...didn't that happen fast??).