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Tom'sLandscapeDesign
08-06-2009, 10:42 PM
So I show up at a house today ready to trim some hedges. My brand new Stihl FS90R with HL135 gearbox was in my trailer with my blower and string trimmers.

I did a walk around the house, back to the truck, 10 minutes later(!) and Im short the hedge trimmer system!

So I left, called the customer and told her I couldnt do the job today.

I look on Craigslist for a trimmer so I could do the job (and get paid so I could buy a new setup) and posted about 10 minutes before I checked, was a "Stihl FS90R Hedge Trimmer" and he was asking $300.

I knew right then it was mine, so I start a plan. I called, offered him $200 and agreed on $250. I tell him to meet behind K-Mart.

I called one of my friends who is 6'8" and north of 300lbs. He brought along his friend Mr. Glock.

I head off to K-Mart in my truck and trailer (the one that the trimmer was stolen out of). I see a pickup truck backed up against the wall, so I assumed it was him. I block him in with my truck.

Me and my friend jump out of our truck, he jumps out of his. I asked to see it, and he pulls MY TRIMMER out of the back of his truck. At this point, I dont think this kid realized that he stole it out of the trailer that was now blocking his exit.

I ask him to start it for me. Now, if anyone owns a FS90R, they know theres a starting sequence. He couldnt get it started.

I grab it, look at him, pointed at my trailer, and said "Thats the truck you stole this out of this morning." and his face turns. I tell him "Either I take this and you leave under your own power, or we beat the living sh!t out of you, take the trimmer, and have the police pick you up in an ambulance."

He backs off and says "Its yours man. I dont want any trouble!"

Part of me wishes he wouldve resisted so we couldve kicked his a$$, and part of me still wishes I wouldve called the police after I got my trimmer back, but Im just glad I got it back.

And that's my story!

Mowbizz
08-06-2009, 10:47 PM
So I show up at a house today ready to trim some hedges. My brand new Stihl FS90R with HL135 gearbox was in my trailer with my blower and string trimmers.

I did a walk around the house, back to the truck, 10 minutes later(!) and Im short the hedge trimmer system!

So I left, called the customer and told her I couldnt do the job today.

I look on Craigslist for a trimmer so I could do the job (and get paid so I could buy a new setup) and posted about 10 minutes before I checked, was a "Stihl FS90R Hedge Trimmer" and he was asking $300.

I knew right then it was mine, so I start a plan. I called, offered him $200 and agreed on $250. I tell him to meet behind K-Mart.

I called one of my friends who is 6'8" and north of 300lbs. He brought along his friend Mr. Glock.

I head off to K-Mart in my truck and trailer (the one that the trimmer was stolen out of). I see a pickup truck backed up against the wall, so I assumed it was him. I block him in with my truck.

Me and my friend jump out of our truck, he jumps out of his. I asked to see it, and he pulls MY TRIMMER out of the back of his truck. At this point, I dont think this kid realized that he stole it out of the trailer that was now blocking his exit.

I ask him to start it for me. Now, if anyone owns a FS90R, they know theres a starting sequence. He couldnt get it started.

I grab it, look at him, pointed at my trailer, and said "Thats the truck you stole this out of this morning." and his face turns. I tell him "Either I take this and you leave under your own power, or we beat the living sh!t out of you, take the trimmer, and have the police pick you up in an ambulance."

He backs off and says "Its yours man. I dont want any trouble!"

Part of me wishes he wouldve resisted so we couldve kicked his a$$, and part of me still wishes I wouldve called the police after I got my trimmer back, but Im just glad I got it back.

And that's my story!

What the heck man...I would have made him lay face down in the dirt (let him think about what kinda crap he's in) while the cops came...dang it he's gonna be out stealing again tomorrow. I'm glad you got your property back but I think you handled this scumbag wrong. He has no problem taking your hard earned property and making a quick buck on it...you released him to go do it again. To boot, he may try to hit you again now that he knows your area...you messed up.

metiernan
08-06-2009, 10:49 PM
One thing I try and do with my equipment is mark my name on it somewhere where most people won't look then if Im ever in a situation like that I can show it to them and look at the look on there face.

Glad you got it back, you should have made him come help you on the job for the trouble he caused.

whoopassonthebluegrass
08-06-2009, 10:56 PM
Drama! Best you didn't open a can on him. Hopefully he'll be too scared to do it again.

Mahoney3223
08-06-2009, 10:58 PM
hell ya! you should have shot him!

Tom'sLandscapeDesign
08-06-2009, 10:59 PM
What the heck man...I would have made him lay face down in the dirt (let him think about what kinda crap he's in) while the cops came...dang it he's gonna be out stealing again tomorrow. I'm glad you got your property back but I think you handled this scumbag wrong. He has no problem taking your hard earned property and making a quick buck on it...you released him to go do it again. To boot, he may try to hit you again now that he knows your area...you messed up.

Like I said, part of me wishes I wouldve made sure this guy didnt leave under his own power, but its too late now.

If the cops wouldve come, my trimmer wouldve been taken as evidence until trial. That could be months..even years. I spent north of $500 THIS MORNING on the setup because I NEEDED it to do the job.

All my fishing stuff is coming out of the bed of my truck and anything that can be carried is going in there now under my locking tonneau cover.

Tom'sLandscapeDesign
08-06-2009, 11:00 PM
One thing I try and do with my equipment is mark my name on it somewhere where most people won't look then if Im ever in a situation like that I can show it to them and look at the look on there face.

Glad you got it back, you should have made him come help you on the job for the trouble he caused.

I try to mark my equipment too, but I left my house, went to the dealer, then went to the customer's. Seriously, it was 30 minutes between the time I swiped my card to pay for it to teh time it was gone.

whoopassonthebluegrass
08-06-2009, 11:01 PM
Seriously, it was 30 minutes between the time I swiped my card to pay for it to teh time it was gone.

Man, that's almost as fast as Pelosi and Reid can do it!

THEGOLDPRO
08-06-2009, 11:11 PM
i woulda b1tch slapped him for good measure.

fastcat
08-06-2009, 11:18 PM
i cant put on the internet what i would have done. everything i had was stolen last weekend.

lyube
08-06-2009, 11:50 PM
Somethings need to be left unspoken.

This is one of them.

You pretty much committed agg. Robbery and admitted it upon an open forum.

clean_cut
08-07-2009, 12:07 AM
Is it robbery if you are robbing something that is rightfully yours? I would hope not, but who knows.

flatlander42
08-07-2009, 12:15 AM
ain't that why OJ is in jail? kinda sorta in a long round about way....:S

DT Lawn Care
08-07-2009, 12:40 AM
Wow thats a good story, and I'm glad you got it back.

I had a friend that worked at a music store and was a drum teacher. He had a band and they kept their stuff at a storage unit. He had a very rare purplish Rogers drum kit along with the rest of the equipment. Well one day they went to the unit, and the lock was busted and everything was gone. Then, when he was working at the store one day, a guy comes in and says that he is trying to sell a drum kit. He then provides a picture of it. My friend looks at the picture, and sees his stolen kit. He tells the guy, yea why don't you bring it in, we'll take a look at it. So the guy comes back with the kit, and some of the other stolen stuff, they wait for him to bring it all in by himself. Then my friend and some other workers block the guy in, and my friend says, here's the deal, this is my drum kit, I know you stole it from me buddy, and you're in deep sh!t. You bring back everything you stole and we won't turn to the cops. They did end up getting most of the stuff back, but they called the cops later, and I don't know what ended up happening.

My dad also worked as a house remodeler for years, and would buy ladders, ones that looked just like the ones that were missing from the house, from the neighbors every other day.

xxl
09-26-2009, 08:32 PM
Good for you well done taking mr.glock

Hoss27
06-18-2010, 08:04 AM
He's right there are probably several things you could have been charged with.
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topsites
06-18-2010, 03:10 PM
Personally speaking I like the way you did that, I don't particularly care for folks taking the
law in their own hands but then the police never does anything either, good thing you left
it the way you did, I think it could have got ugly had you beat up on him.

I am assuming, of course, that you're 100% certain that is your trimmer
but I did give the benefit of the doubt there.

ain't that why OJ is in jail? kinda sorta in a long round about way....:S

I'm guessing you were joking lol
But I can't help saying OJ walked into a business with a loaded gun, video cameras rolling now.
And OJ had also a bit of a, how should I say it, a criminal history?
OJ would have been best off staying low for the rest of his life, and it might not have been the perfect
millionaire's life he may have wanted, but I believe he also may have failed to consider the alternative.

flatlander42
06-19-2010, 12:06 AM
I'm guessing you were joking lol
But I can't help saying OJ walked into a business with a loaded gun, video cameras rolling now.
And OJ had also a bit of a, how should I say it, a criminal history?
OJ would have been best off staying low for the rest of his life, and it might not have been the perfect
millionaire's life he may have wanted, but I believe he also may have failed to consider the alternative.

I was talking about post #12-"Is it robbery if you are robbing something that is rightfully yours?"


didn't he and some other guys steal "his own trophies" or some crap like that.?

topsites
06-19-2010, 11:12 AM
I was talking about post #12-"Is it robbery if you are robbing something that is rightfully yours?"

didn't he and some other guys steal "his own trophies" or some crap like that.?

Yeah but when OJ went to get back what were supposedly his own trophies...
He walked into a museum with a loaded weapon to do that, right in front of
security cameras and everything.

And I'm not 100 percent in agreement with this post either,
personally if I want my stuff back I go by myself and unarmed.

After all if it's mine and the thief took it he shouldn't have a leg to stand on, that's all I should need.
Technically you can't even threaten the thief, but I am certainly not hindered
by the law to go where my stuff is and just take it back, assuming it's really mine.

If a thief takes something out of the back of my truck then I just go over to his place and take the same stuff, tit for tat.
What's the thief going to do?
Beat me up?

And it might still be taking the law into my own hands somewhat but the chances of it
blowing up in my face are considerably less, because if anything doesn't go the way it should,
had that glock been used or the cops by some wild chance popped around back of that store in this story,
things could have got ugly quick.

Now it's all good, I'm not being but so critical.

FiveOJoe
06-19-2010, 11:16 AM
Is it robbery if you are robbing something that is rightfully yours? I would hope not, but who knows.



Short answer. Maybe.

whosedog
06-19-2010, 02:18 PM
Somethings need to be left unspoken.

This is one of them.

You pretty much committed agg. Robbery and admitted it upon an open forum.

If the guy with the gun has a carrying permit,and didn't display it and the thief admitted stealing the trimmer,what law did he break? The cops by me were useless when I had my new redmax stolen,didn't want to be bothered,I would have done the same thing as him minus the gun,just bring my weightlifter son,what laws would I be breaking if I had the receipt with the serial #s and they matched ?

Cummins343
06-19-2010, 03:10 PM
Man were talking about making people lie face down in the dirt, or beat the crap out of them. Were a bunch of tough guys arent we? Bunch of hardasses on here.

topsites
06-20-2010, 12:21 AM
If the guy with the gun has a carrying permit,and didn't display it and the thief admitted stealing the trimmer,what law did he break? The cops by me were useless when I had my new redmax stolen,didn't want to be bothered,I would have done the same thing as him minus the gun,just bring my weightlifter son,what laws would I be breaking if I had the receipt with the serial #s and they matched ?

That's the way I see it, too.

However...
Bringing along your 250 pound muscular friend falls under the same category,
intimidation by 'show of force' I believe is called strong arm robbery.

That's why he should have just went and got the dang thing, blocking the dude in doesn't make it much better,
although I can see that he didn't want the guy to start running.

At the same rate you would never catch ME behind some shopping center trying to sell YOU a trimmer!
If it was my trimmer you can darn well get over my house lol
I would be far less afraid if you and several of your friends came over than if you told me to meet you behind some shopping center...
And I could be wrong but I just don't think you'd see me there.

So this fellow was either extremely foolish...
Well, that he was regardless.
Or trying to get rid of a hot item by any means necessary.

I do believe the chances that it really was the trimmer in question are pretty good.

Chilehead
06-20-2010, 12:53 AM
Gee whiz, you let him off easy. Personally, I would not have taken the gun. I would have taken some pepper spray, zap him with it, bind his wrist and ankles with a few large zip ties, and THEN threaten him. Cheers!

mowisme
06-21-2010, 09:02 PM
only thing I might have done different was tell cops your meeting a guy who you suspect just stole your hedger earlier that day..let them decide if they want to check it out with you.

punt66
06-21-2010, 09:11 PM
only thing I might have done different was tell cops your meeting a guy who you suspect just stole your hedger earlier that day..let them decide if they want to check it out with you.

yes, that is what should have happened. However, if a gun was not pulled then you really didnt do anything that would call for serious charges anyway. Your lucky.

decypher
07-19-2010, 01:09 AM
Any professional dealer should have that serial number on file. The receipt of purchase should also list the serial #. Match the numbers. 'Nuff said.
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volvotech
07-28-2010, 08:52 PM
That's a terrible idea! Somehow, it sounds like a great idea right now though. :)

NEWIMAGE09
07-29-2010, 02:07 PM
I just had mine stolen out of target parking lot a couple of weeks ago in gainesville ga. i've been checking craigslist and flea market and no luck yet. However when i do find the pos that stoled them, i guarantee he wont be so lucky!!

rockerchris
08-05-2010, 01:10 PM
I know you already found it, but if you put it on a credit card then it would be "insured" for up to 90 days by the credit card company. Just thought I would reveal this little known feature in case anyone else has there brand new equipment stolen.

NEWIMAGE09
08-05-2010, 04:11 PM
@ fastcat, what all was stolen? stay on top of craigslist maybe itll turn up there. I had my stihl hl100 stolen 3 weeks ago and as much bs as ive went through if i ever find the person who took them i will make them regret they ever stolen anything. Cops wont do anything, target wont turn over the video to police. im just about ready to pull a "man on fire" on some asses! We work to damn hard for this to happen and nothing is being done. Again he/she/it better hope the cops find him before i do. Good luck man

TriCityLawnCareLLC
01-15-2011, 09:33 PM
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