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Dumb crooks tried to steal our 4x4 utility vehicle

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by Mowingman, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    Last weekend someone pretty dumb tried to steal our Cub 4x4 utility vehicle.
    We have it on a 150 acre, land clearing job. It is locked in a steel shipping container. Well, they cut the lock off the container and took off toward the back of the property with it. As they were trying to find a place to cross the creek back there, they high centered it on a tree stump. They then went off and left it there.
    I found it by the creek on Monday, and wondered why they abandoned it, when they almost had made their getaway. Then I noticed a big circle of spin marks all around the vehicle. They had spun it in circles trying to get off that short stump, but it was high centered on it. So they just left it there.
    What is funny, is that it is so lightweight that one or two people can easily lift up the rear or front to set it off the stump. In fact, I lifted it off myself.
    Thank goodness for DUMB crooks.
    We now have new high dollar, high strength locks on that container.
  2. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    WOW what luck! We went to ABUS locks after we got hit the first time. No more messing around with security. If it ain't nailed down, it'll get stolen sooner or later! :dizzy:
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    Yes, it is really getting worse here, as far as thefts go. Nothing is really safe anymore it seems.
  4. farmboy1285

    farmboy1285 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    Wow your lucky. was there any damage to the under carriage? I tell you what we have a mule on our farm and the only way I have every got it stuck was when it high centered on a fallen tree. I have to pull my four wheeler out of the mud all the time with it. Its like those jeeps with the bumper stickers that say "official HUMMER recovery vehicle" but for me its "official four-wheeler recovery vehicle". Anyway glad to hear you got it back. Btw how did the thieves know it was in the container?
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    Thieves and burglars watch your habits. I was broken into just before last Christmas. I leave the house every morning at 5:00 AM and come back from Mc Donalds around 7:00AM.

    The ones (2) got my plasma 42" TV and some tools. I found the TV in a pawn shop and traced the thieves down. One was a neighbor 2-doors up the street. He knew my habits.

  6. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    wow that's hardcore! Did you trace them down yourself or with the help of the police?
  7. zemzabob

    zemzabob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Glad they weren't smart enough to get away with it, its crazy how bad it is starting to get out there in this crazy world.
  8. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    So what happened? Did you show up with a beat-down-stick or call the cops? I'd go for vigilante justice myself. Catch the guy in public and knock his jaw off....I'd also probably dump my clippings and debris on his lawn every day until he moved.
  9. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    Put a kill switch somewhere they cant see or susppect one to be. It may make them panic when it doesnt start and they realize they're gonna have to screw around with it to steal it. We have them installed on all of our equipment. Saved me a Skid steer and a R/t backhoe so far. It'll cost you 10-15 bucks.
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    There is construction all around this property. Lots of laborers at these jobs. I think they have been watching us work and knew what was in there. We had the container moved up near the main road right by a street light. With the new locks, and the visibility, I think we are ok now.


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