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#50171 - 03/24/05 03:29 PM Another rip-off  
derater  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 179
You can imagine the shock when I realized that the van simply wasn't there.I'd been working in a row house 50' from it and never heard a thing.Was done, walked out with an armful of stuff to put away and no van.Had a 4' ladder 18v driver and tool pouch with me, the rest is GONE.The keys were on the floor.
So everyone,watch your stuff, it can happen in a heartbeat.(fighting urge to kill something;here kitty!!!!)

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#50172 - 03/24/05 05:13 PM Re: Another rip-off  
Celtic  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 361
Way back when I was just an "employee", another employee and I returned to the shop. After setting the contractors truck up for the next day (inside garage), we left and went to our prospective vehicles....only thing, my partner's was MIA. Called police and did the routine.
A few weeks later a state trooper is waiting for us when we return. Seems the theives had stolen my partners truck (complete with power tools and ladders, etc) and we were working as contractors on some project somewhere!
Long story short, the culprits must have seen the cops waiting in the vicinity of their (stolen) truck at the jobsite and never returned to get it. The trooper asked my partner for the list of items he put on his report and checked them against the list of items "recovered" from his truck - some of his tools were there, some were not; BUT there were also tools and such that weren't his...the trooper just shook his head as he "added" the "new" tools to the original report list.
How insane were these theives?

I hope they find your van (in good condition) with some extra "goodies" for you.

~~ CELTIC ~~
...-= NJ =-...

#50173 - 03/24/05 06:05 PM Re: Another rip-off  
Dnkldorf  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,064
nowhere usa
Sorry to here that derater.
Although, I'll admit, I was giggling when I read that. I pictured your face, with an armload of stuff.

Sorry, for finding humor in it, that does suck.

Maybe we can start a "find a new van for derater" fund?

What city you in?

My buddie was doing work in Philly one day and walked out to his van. He sees this kid breaking into to it and decides to chase him to get his stuff back.
Bad move, the kids friends were waiting for that and when he started running after the original chump, the rest of them cleaned out his whole van.
He laughs about it now, but if he had a gun on him then, he'd probably would of opened up on them.

#50174 - 03/24/05 08:42 PM Re: Another rip-off  
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
I feel your pain! I have been there before. But, "The keys were on the floor." That says "steal me" in neon!

If you get it back think about one of these handy GPS locators. I think everyone shold have one!

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#50175 - 03/25/05 12:13 AM Re: Another rip-off  
BigB  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 719
Tucson, AZ USA
Ripoffs are common here in Arizona. I use a steering wheel club EVERYTIME I park ANYWHERE. Also an alarm and ignition kill. It seems like a PITA but I think of the setback it would cost me to lose my well stocked truck.

#50176 - 03/25/05 01:40 PM Re: Another rip-off  
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
On busy sites, it was common for my foreman and I to leave our keys in out trucks - especially if they were parked in a place where they'd need to be moved for a delivery.

When working by ourselves? We'd keep the keys.

Sorry to hear about your loss - and especially the resulting long walk home! [Linked Image]

#50177 - 03/27/05 05:41 PM Re: Another rip-off  
CTwireman  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
Sorry about your loss, but I have to ask:

Why would you or anyone in this day and age feel it is safe to leave a vehicle unlocked, let alone with keys in it?

I don't care where anyone live, theft can happen anywhere.

Call me jaded, but we don't live in a safe world anymore. [Linked Image]



#50178 - 03/27/05 06:06 PM Re: Another rip-off  
FWL_Engineer  Offline
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 50
Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK
I tend to find these a good deterent to theiving little bar stewards...

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#50179 - 03/28/05 03:31 AM Re: Another rip-off  
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
Ya need some thing a bit bigger to hit 'em from 30 miles away, in an undisclosed location, as they strip your truck down.

Might need a 8 digit grid and air support.

[RANGEVOICE]"Call four fire! Call four fire! This is Echo Tree Hector - Mark - (White GMC Savana) 3482-5103 - I see your Mark - Adjust for Slpash and Fire four FULL EFFECT!!"[/RANGEVOICE]"

[This message has been edited by e57 (edited 03-28-2005).]

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#50180 - 04/07/05 12:55 PM Re: Another rip-off  
derater  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 179
Ive been trying to respond for 2 weeks-right after the original post my computer fried;Cops caught some guy 'sleeping' in the van a little more than 12 hrs. after he took it; he said he found it where they caught him-lucky him it a case of beer with his name on it!!Guess he sold the ladders, gennie, digital camera and 1/2 " Dewalt,but most everything else was there.The van is totaled, no great loss, an old Chevy headed for pasture,but the best part is I'm not covered!! I have a wheel gun,but I don't know about killing someone for 'stuff';wounding maybe.....I like the GPS idea; how much?

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