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OKC Theft

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by HeartlandOKC, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. HeartlandOKC

    HeartlandOKC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I was graced with a few brave thieves last month(2-8-10). They broke into our shop by prying the center of our 12'x14' shop door out just enough to slide under, cut the lock off the slide that goes into the roller track and up went the door. They proceded to load up an F350 dump truck and 16ft expanded metal trailer with approximately 30k worth of equipment and about 70k with truck and all. They drove the truck and trailer out and rammed my chain-link gate on the fence that surrounds the shop, jumped on the interstate, and drove off @ about 7:30 AM. It was snowing that morning so I wasn't at the shop then. I realized what had happened around 10 AM called the police and filed a report.

    Here's the kicker... All my trucks have GPS tracking on them. I got on my computer and told the police exactly where the truck was located. It took them 2 hours to finally get to the truck and tell me it was abandoned in an apartment complex without trailer and a smashed front end. I checked the route they took again and noticed they stopped at a house 3 miles away for 20 minutes before dumping the truck. I told the cops exactly where the house was and they came back to tell me there was nothing there. I went to the house myself and found tracks from my truck/trailer turning around in the yard and some of my equipment. Apparently they transfered the trailer to another truck at this house. By that evening I figured all I was going to get back was probably the truck. I received a call two days later from the police department telling me they found my trailer sitting in a driveway 10 miles from where the truck was dumped with half of the equipment still on it. This was not enough to get a search warrant to check in the guys garage for the rest or even give him a slap on the hand. I paid $150 impound to get my dang trailer back. That's the short story.

    As of March 1st, I've recovered a little over half of my equipment but I'm still missing ~13k worth. The most expensive being a Ferris is1500z 48" riding mower. I figured I'd post the model and serial on here just for giggles. Stolen in Oklahoma City.

    Ferris is1500z
    Model: 5900606
    Serial: 2012697617

    Moral of the story. Secure your equipment to the extreme, don't depend on anyone else to recover your equipment, and equipment insurance is imperative.
  2. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    Glad you got that much back. I am still missing a trailer from my theft. I think every piece of equipment should have a gps on it to help recover stolen items. I think most of the thefts here in OKC are the Methheads. And yes no one will be as determined to recover your equipment more than yourself. Count on no one other than yourself. Hoorah for GPS. Sorry for your loss Heartland. PM me and I'll tell you about my buddy getting his trailer and some equuipment back.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2010
  3. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Sorry to hear this but glad you got some back.

    Can you provide me with information on the GPS you have. I am very interested in adding this to my truck and trailer.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Not enough for a warrant? That's insane. And they wonder why people take the law into their own hands!
  5. HeartlandOKC

    HeartlandOKC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Brickhouse Security is where I ordered the in-truck units. The tracking company is lightning gps. I went with the "livewired" setup. I have it in 8 trucks. I paid $300 each for the hardware and $29.95/truck/month. It's definitely not cheap but is extremely useful.

  6. HeartlandOKC

    HeartlandOKC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    For some reason I don't think I have the ability to PM. When I try it says "HeartlandOKC, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:" I don't see the PM button on the posts either. I would like to hear the story.
  7. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    Heartland you need to go user cp (control panel), then settings and options, edit options, messaging and notifications, private messaging and enable Private Messaging, then save changes at the bottom of the page. You should be able to send and receive PM messages after that. Thanks for the link to Brickhouse. I want to rig the mowers up with GPS so if I get hit again I can at least have a chance to get my stuff back.

    Everyone should invest in GPS so we can start catching these dirtbags.
  8. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Wouldn't want to "discriminate" anyone. LOL. What a joke. I still think wiring your garage with lethal voltage is the best defense.
  9. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    Lethal voltage??? Dead men (dead thieves) tell no tales. This would definately help clean up the gene pool.
  10. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
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