Stolen Gas Cans

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bob Minney, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. 3 weeks ago I was tired (read lazy) and did'nt unload equip. Next day when I went to grab a gas can both were gone. Was happy no tools gone- there was a 4 week old PB650 in its holder next to them. Got some new ones-so last night I forgot to unload cans-gone again today.
    I was thinking that moth balls disolved in gas could mess up an engine? just a myth? or any other ideas cause I think I'm going to bait them with another set of cans.
     
  2. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
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    SUGAR works wonders in a engine.
     
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    Sugar. Just make sure you dont forget an d use the cans yourself.:(
     
  4. Ajays

    Ajays LawnSite Member
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    Now that is funny. hehe
     
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had a couple of gas cans(full of gas) stolen a while back. Now I lock them up. It sucks that you should have to do this but I guess as long as there are scumbags in this world, it is necessary. I had thought about contaminating the gas with something but with my luck, I would end up using it by mistake. LOL
     
  6. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Moth balls will ruin an engine if you use enough. I have heard that they like ether. It will make the engine run hot because of the octane. My autobody teacher said when he was a kid him and his buddy put about a whole box of moth ball in his buddy's dads car, said that ole flat head screamed like a raped eagle for a couple minutes then burnt up. I would sit out some gas cans full of these, you'll find out real quick who it is.
     
  7. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Or possably you might just want to warn them with a can full of water with a little gas on top.:angel: Naah screw the bums go with the suger but they might suger you back.:blob2:


    Jim
     
  8. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sugar, water, 2-stroke gas, all will put a regular gas engine out of commision.

    Better yet do something that will mess with their mind for awhile as well..... Put out a gas can with regular gas and a water/ sugar mix. On the side of the can where they wont notice for awhile tape a note that says
    " I figured it was you stealing all my gas cans, so I hid my movie camera next to the cans. Now I have you on tape and I will be sending one copy to the Police and one copy to my Lawyer unless my cans are returned along with $100.00 to replace the gas and the extra cans I had to purchase"

    I think mind games, and the worry that comes along with them would be far worse for this thief.

    Keep us posted
    Jimbo
     
  9. maple city

    maple city LawnSite Senior Member
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    The ONLY thing I leave on the trailer all the time are the gas cans. I'm going to go check and make sure they're still there....:eek:
     
  10. anythinglawns

    anythinglawns LawnSite Member
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    I have had two gas cans stolen. One at the gas station. I went in to pay and when I came out one of my cans was missing. The other was while I was mowing an apartment complex. Guy pulls up in his truck takes the can from my truck puts it in his and takes off. I would have given him the gas if he would have just left the can there was only about 2 gallons of gas left in it.
     

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