Why would someone steal an SD card and leave the camera? They'd give up their honesty for a measly $12 card? Or are they too lazy to carry the camera home?

I hope it didn't ruin the camera to leave it on with no card. It's a Moultrie XT-80. I'm as sure as I can be that I left the card in it last week. It had 50% battery power showing last week and that's usually good for a month. I put a new card in it but now it won't start up or even turn on the red aiming light. The screen just has a yellow background glow.

I'm still at the woods. When I get home I'll put in new batts and see if it works.

I'm only putting very cheap cameras out during season from now on.
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