Last Wed. (11-21) a thief waltzed into my garage and snatched a Redmax CHT-2200 (Hedge Trimmers $350). I had stopped to eat a sandwich and did not close the door. I live in a quite, peaceful residential neighborhood...very little in the way of crime..and was only going to be home for a few minutes. Just so happens my wife was going out to get the newspaper and surprised the guy. He ran out of the garage and jumped into a waiting car. I heard her yell, ran downstairs, and got outside just in time to see the guys driving away. We live on a "U" shaped street that starts and ends on the same road, so I jumped in my truck and headed up the road hoping to catch up with them and get a license plate number and good description of the car and it's occupants. I got lucky and as they passed me in the opposite direction and I was able to write down the tag number and descriptions. As I was pulling a Laser, a tractor, and all my gear (locked and chained) behind a 4-cylinder Ranger my chances of getting turned around and catching up to them were nil (lots of hills, curves, and side roads). I immediately went back to the house and called the police with my story and description, and SERIAL NUMBER. When the police officers showed up at my house they were given the SERIAL NUMBER (which was written on the bill of sale). As it turns out, when I called in my report the police were were issued a APB and two other cops spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of a local pawn shop. They went in, saw the guys pawning my trimmers, checked the SERIAL NUMBER, and ARRESTED them on the spot. The detective (who had been building a case against these guys on previous thefts) called me today to tell me that I would be able to pick up my trimmers from the "Property Room" in a couple of days and wanted me to pick out the perps from a photo line-up. One of the thieves was out on probation and now faces a minimum of 5 years with NO PAROLE! We were lucky to have seen these guys in the act and get their tag number but the detective told me that the SERIAL NUMBER cinched the case and without it they could not have confiscated the trimmers from the pawn shop. The detective told me that lawn equipment gets reported stolen all the time (a rash of it in my neighborhood this year) BUT rarely is the SERIAL NUMBER recorded by the owner...and that the pawn shops are loaded with stolen gear...with no way to verify the REAL owners. Thanks to the quick response of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, and the SERIAL NUMBER, we were able to bust these two guys who have been stealing from our neighborhood! Sorry to be so long winded but...PLEASE RECORD THOSE SERIAL NUMBERS! You may get your stolen equipment back AND rid your neighborhood of thieves because of it!