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NEWIMAGE09
07-29-2010, 02:16 PM
Stolen on 7/16/2009 from target parking lot in gainesville ga
these were the articulating ones i paid $580 after taxes
serial # 282633063
there is an $300 reward
please call 770-855-8783

Southernlandscape343
07-29-2010, 11:53 PM
Did you Call the police and file a report of it being stolen? I will certainly keep an eye out for it. Be sure to check craigslist. They might list it on there and then you have a perfect opportunity for the police to nab them! Never the less, I hope you get it back soon. The crime has gone up a lot. I keep everything locked to the trailer even though its kept in my garage.

FLAhaulboy
07-30-2010, 06:22 AM
Check CraigsList often in your area and pawn shops-lots of stuff like this in up at pawn shops. Some Stihl dealers have a setup computer program re stolen items.

NEWIMAGE09
07-30-2010, 10:40 AM
Thanks Guys,
Yeah i filed a report with the serial number, target could be a little more help with the video but for some reason i keep getting conflicting stories between the security officer and the gainesville police about the release of the video. Ive checked pawn shops, flea markets, craigslist(daily) i even talked to a couple of homeless people near target and nothing so far. Whoever took them had to see me take them from inside of my truck and put them under a tarp in the bed of the truck. Normally im not that careless with my equipment just happened to forget to lock them back up onto my trailer. I appreciate the help if anyone hears anything please let me know i am offering a $300 reward for their return and the punk who took them,

Southernlandscape343
07-30-2010, 02:23 PM
Thanks Guys,
Yeah i filed a report with the serial number, target could be a little more help with the video but for some reason i keep getting conflicting stories between the security officer and the gainesville police about the release of the video. Ive checked pawn shops, flea markets, craigslist(daily) i even talked to a couple of homeless people near target and nothing so far. Whoever took them had to see me take them from inside of my truck and put them under a tarp in the bed of the truck. Normally im not that careless with my equipment just happened to forget to lock them back up onto my trailer. I appreciate the help if anyone hears anything please let me know i am offering a $300 reward for their return and the punk who took them,

No need for the reward.. It'll be good DT "defensive tactic" skills training :laugh: Best part of all.. is I keep a set of my cuffs on me or in my truck at all times. So I can make a citizen's arrest very easily if need be. I'm really surprised that Target isn't being of more help. I have a friend who works loss prevention at one of the stores in my neck of the woods and they have top of the line security cameras. How far in the parking lot were you away from the building? The images and video should be pretty clear for the most part. Did they at least hand over a copy of the disk (everything's on DVD now a days) over to the Police? I'm getting back in town tomorrow afternoon, and I will check out some of the pawn shops near Duluth. The nice thing is if they did take it to a pawn shop there is a waiting period (I believe it's 30 days) before the pawn shop can actually sell it to anyone. I've had no problems going back into the back room with the owner and cross checking serial numbers in the past. I also believe they run the serial numbers through the police department's computer database to check to see if the item has been flagged stolen or not. If I come up with anything I'll certainly give you a call.
Us in the green industry have to watch each others backs.. especially these days.

NEWIMAGE09
08-01-2010, 03:01 AM
Thanks Southernlandscape,

Ive tried calling target several times in past couple of weeks and im not even getting a return phone call. As a matter of fact theyve done nothing but treat me like the suspect instead of a victim. I was parked where the employees parked but away from other cars so that in case this did happen they could get a good view, however they claim i was in a blind spot but ive checked the area and they had a good view of who wouldve parked next to me. I tried the store manager on fri and no response looks like the district manager will be next. Im gretaful for all the advice and i keep a tazer on me so i hope if this person is caught i hope i get a little alone time with them, thanks so much good to know there are people out their that do care

integrityman
08-01-2010, 09:01 AM
Too bad Target is being so reluctant to help. Call to your local PD. Ask to speak to whoever is in charge of the detective bureau. Probably a lieutenant or Sgt. At any rate, ask who, if anyone, has been assigned to your case. If no one has been assigned to it ask "why not"?. If it isnt a felony, they may not assign a detective to it. Always address the cops by their rank if such is assigned. They love ass kissing. Tell them you'd like to see the tape as you want to make sure it wasnt a former employee ripping you off or something along those lines. If it has been assigned a detective, and you get the sense he/ she is dragging their feet. Go up the chain of command til you get results. At the outset let them know you are aware of how busy they are and you don't mean to be a pest. You just want help exhausting all avenues to get your stuff back.

Try to determine who the supervisor is for the loss prevention geeks is at Target. In many retail operations, the loss prevention folks answer to a boss who covers a district wide area. Nicely explain your situation. Tell him what a loyal patron you and family are of Target, just as you were the day you got your stuff stolen in HIS parking lot.

Keep up the approach with the management. let them know how loyal you are and that you are not sure why they are being so reluctant to help out a customer. let em know your are willing to take your business elsewhere.

Good luck. Sorry you had your equipment stolen.

Southernlandscape343
08-02-2010, 08:20 PM
Hey, I was on CL and found a few that might be worth taking a look into.

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/grd/1867385045.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/grd/1869705460.html

I would not be surprised if it has found its way into Atlanta. That's where a lot of the smash and grab folks go.. They just like to head north, commit the crime and then take 400 SB right back home.

NEWIMAGE09
08-03-2010, 11:54 AM
@ INTEGRITYMAN, thanks for the advice ill give it a try and let you know the outcome
@ Southernlandscape, i saw the one a couple of days ago called and made arrangements to meet up which he was from decatur but he sold them when i contacted him again to meet up. The second one was removed before i could call which was weird because it was only posted for 2 hours. Great ideas man i really appreciate all your help. Ive been checking craigslist daily so far no luck. There has to be something on the target video i believe that would help alot if only i can get them to cooperate looks like i may have to get nasty with them. Ill keep you posted & again thanks everyone for the advice and help. Hopefully this guy will get caught soon so this doesnt happen to another lawn service!

Southernlandscape343
08-03-2010, 03:43 PM
Or at least be able to get a vehicle description. Knowing the types of criminals around the north GA area chances are they have something "unique" on their vehicle. Did this happen at the target right by the home depot? Keep us updated. I've got everything minus the gas cans and the mowers locked to the trailer. The way I have my trailer in the garage is so close to my work bench that they wouldn't even be able to get one of the walk behinds off without making a ton of noise and making the dog go crazy. I did find it funny when I was at a client.. in my own neighborhood.. at his house doing work in the backyard. I had put the edger back on the rack and placed both pins back in the trimmer rack to secure it. I always put the lock on the end closest to the engine. I came back out to find my edger hanging half way off my trailer. I guess who ever tried to steal the edger didn't notice the big lock on the pin by the engine. The only thing they did was pull the edger part off of the trimmer rack. Freakin idiots! They went for the cheapest piece of equipment on the trailer an echo edger. there was a brand spanking new Stihl FS90 R right above the edger. :laugh: If I find someone tampering with my equipment they can run, but the next thing they'll know is finding themselves on the ground with a knee in the back. I might not be in the very best shape but I sure as heck can sprint!

NEWIMAGE09
08-03-2010, 07:13 PM
@ southernlandscape,
i totaly agree with you man, yes it actually was the target next to lowes but home depot is just down the road. The irony of this is, and i know ive been very lucky now but, ive always left my equipment unlocked and gone to lowes, home depot and walmart( which is the worst) and never had anything taken. Again now i realize i was very lucky. I had taken my son to the bowling alley before target to play video games which i had locked my trimmer inside the truck. I took it out and put it in the back with a tarp over it amongst all the other crap i have back there. when we got to target i decided to leave it in the back covered with the tarp because i was afraid of the inside of my truck smelling like fuel. I honestly believe someone saw me at the bowling alley take out the trimmer and put it in the back and followed me to target. Ive definitely learned my lesson and blame myself for being so careless it just sucks knowing that target and/or gville police could give a **** which pisses me off because we HONEST lawn guys work hard for our money, equipment etc. People keep telling me "the economy is bad and people are out of work" i realize this but i dont go stealing from others who work hard to feed there families. I think everyone on this thread will agree that we lawn guys work to damn hard for the pay that we recieve to have to deal with this crap.

Southernlandscape343
08-04-2010, 10:47 AM
No doubt about it. It's good to see us come together and work together as apposed to the bashing that seems to go on here sometimes. We've got your back. Hope this heat isn't absolutely killing ya!

NEWIMAGE09
08-05-2010, 04:13 PM
Im hanging in there with the heat but man i tell you some days i wish i still had my cleaning business. So how long you been in lawncare, you staying busy??

integrityman
08-05-2010, 05:41 PM
Any updates from the manager or loss prevention geeks?

NEWIMAGE09
08-06-2010, 10:19 AM
@ integrityman, i wish man the only thing ive gotten from them is the cold shoulder. i have thought about a lawsuit but you know how that goes. im still checking craigslist & pawnshops so we'll see since its not yet been a month. Thanks, ill keep you guys posted

Cummins343
08-06-2010, 10:21 AM
Criminals are getting smarter guys. They know people will check CL and ebay to see if their stolen item is listed in the for sale section. Hope you find it.

NEWIMAGE09
08-06-2010, 12:27 PM
True, however we CAN NOT allow this to keep going on. As ive said before we work to damn hard to allow BUMS to steal from us. Yes thieves are getting smarter but they steal for a reason and every thief has to have a buyer or else they wouldnt steal. Im turned over every rock possible the only thing i know to do is to watch these start-up lawn guys who obviously cant afford a $600 hedger. Sometimes if you think like a thief you'll soon find what has been stolen from you. Iknow this because ive had other things taken from me outside of lawn equipment. Keep up the hard work guys & luck with business!!

Southernlandscape343
08-06-2010, 01:39 PM
Im hanging in there with the heat but man i tell you some days i wish i still had my cleaning business. So how long you been in lawncare, you staying busy??

I wish I was staying busy, I had 7 clients last summer at one point in time but some of them decided to haggle the price after we had already agreed on the price and I had done the work, so needless to say that they are all no longer clients of mine. I have 3 yards including my own. I do ocassionally get neighbors who are going on vacation who want me to cut their yard for a week or two but it's really come down to a stand still. I have magnets for the Trailblazer and have my cell number on there along with a short list of some of the services I provide.. I have never gotten a phone call from the magnets. I have one on each rear door and a smaller one on the back. I bought a pressure washer from Northern Tool in the spring and I had that thing paid off in 3 uses. Given it was Northern's "power horse" brand but it still does its job. I've got business cards that I hand out to people who are interested and nearly never get calls from them. I guess the people around here don't want someone honest maintaining their lawn. The two clients I have now I've had over 3 years. My garage seems to be more of a storage place than a shop. my trailer sits in there nearly all week, unless I need to move it to cut those two yards or my own, or pull it out of the garage so I can have enough room to use my work bench. Talk about frusterating.

bare spot
08-06-2010, 10:10 PM
think they would show u the video, have a police report, makes me wonder if they have some kind of policy of not getting involved in certain things, idk. even if doesn't show anything, could at least give a piece of mind. anyway, don't like thieves, (specially ones that steal stuff u make a living with), hope u find your things, and the person (s) who took em.

NEWIMAGE09
08-06-2010, 11:29 PM
@ Southernlandscape, sorry to hear that man. email me and maybe i can help a lil bit with how to pickup more customers. i may have only been in the lawncare business for 3 years but ive had a cleaning buisiness for twelve so ive learned a little, good luck
email is: yourlawnman42009@gmail.com
@ bare spot, im not sure what their deal is but im sure targets customers would think twice about shopping with them if they new what a hassle this has been and the fact that walmart is next door! Maybe in our next conversation i should mention this, thanks for everything

Southernlandscape343
08-07-2010, 09:42 PM
@ Southernlandscape, sorry to hear that man. email me and maybe i can help a lil bit with how to pickup more customers. i may have only been in the lawncare business for 3 years but ive had a cleaning buisiness for twelve so ive learned a little, good luck
email is: yourlawnman42009@gmail.com
@ bare spot, im not sure what their deal is but im sure targets customers would think twice about shopping with them if they new what a hassle this has been and the fact that walmart is next door! Maybe in our next conversation i should mention this, thanks for everything

I had someone write the word loser on my truck with their finger (black truck covered in dry mud) I called the police and the officer went into walmart and reviewed the tape and told me that there really wasn't anything to see. That and they were going to charge me 5 bucks for a report.. um hello It's my property that was damaged, it ended up scratching down to the primer a little bit in a few spots. I told the officer not to even bother with a report. people have no respect these days.

NEWIMAGE09
08-08-2010, 11:09 PM
Thats ashame, did this just happpen? im thinkn of installing a camera aimed toward my trailer so i can see exactly what happens to my stuff when im not around. I just dont know how much of a pain that would be