Stolen zero turns found by cops

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  1. GrassManKzoo

    GrassManKzoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kalamazoo, MI
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    DECATUR, Mich. — Van Buren County deputies recovered a trailer filled with stolen mowers on Friday.

    Sheriff Daniel Abbott reports that deputies with the Uniform Response Division were on routine patrol at 1 p.m. Friday in Decatur Township when they noticed a travel trailer parked next to the train tracks just outside of the village of Decatur, near 82367 42nd St. After a short time the deputies were able to find access to the property through the Amtrak right of way.

    After arriving at the 32-foot travel trailer, the deputies located multiple items on the property including several zero-turn lawn mowers, a golf cart, a side-by-side off-road ATV, a small farm tractor and mower deck and multiple steel and aluminum hauling trailers.

    The deputies were not able to locate any people in the area so they checked several VIN numbers and found that the travel trailer was stolen from Indiana.

    The deputies then checked the VIN and serial numbers of the other items and found that those items were also stolen in Indiana.

    The deputies contacted the Michigan State Police and a search warrant was drafted. During the execution of the search warrant two suspects arrived at the scene hauling a trailer with another zero-turn lawn mower.

    That mower was confirmed stolen from Goshen, Ind.

    All the items were confiscated for processing and further investigation.

    With help from police departments in Goshen and Middlebury, Ind., deputies were able to determine that the larger items had been stolen from businesses in those cities.

    Most of the items are new and have values of more than $10,000 each.

    Once the investigation is completed the stolen property will be returned to the owners.

    The two suspects were taken into custody without incident — a 39-year-old man from South Bend, Ind., and a 40-year-old woman from Elkhart, Ind.

    They are being held at the Van Buren County Jail on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property greater than $20,000.

    Abbott said other charges are likely to follow from law enforcement in both Michigan and Indiana.

    Anyone who may have information related to this case should contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers or their local police department.
     
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  2. TrainingWheels

    TrainingWheels LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm glad they got them....I hope the get the max. The poor stealing from the poor, there is no worse crime than that.

    BR,

    ~TW
     
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  3. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Glad they got caught too, id say there the smaller fish in the game, that's a lot of cargo for two guys to sell off. Don't want nothing to do with that
     
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  4. JagT20N

    JagT20N LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from will county Il
    Messages: 601

    down at the rail yards, customs has been busy with stuff going overseas to eastern europe , and se asia , should see the stuff they have found thats stolen lawnmowers to bicycles , lots of money to be made over there off the "little stuff " we would write off . one of the companies who trucks I service had customs come on there lot for a container they picked up from a customer in Chicago bound to Poland , the opened it up and did a complete inspection of the contents on the dock , the manifest listed a bunch of Odd personal style stuff , they found several high end John Deere mowers that were stolen , a bunch of car parts from stripped cars . ect . all hidden in the front of the container. the tip off was most of the stuff was supposed to go thru a bonded warehouse to be packed in the conbox , and the people who did it were not licensed to do so . they were loading it in a alley ..
     
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  5. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    There's high end car theft rings around nj and NY that ship them to the middle East and Africa where they sell for more$ then in the US and since there third world country they don't have any kind of system for checking for stolen property it's a multi billion dollar industry paid for by American insurance lossespayup:wall
     
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  6. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    From these last 2 posts it seems prudent to drive old trucks, use old trailers and old mowers, something not worth stealing.
     
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  7. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    Only if it's a Mercedes or BMW payup
    Land Rover
     
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  8. TrainingWheels

    TrainingWheels LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And rate hikes :puke:

    BR,

    ~TW
     
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  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    My insurer for the last 15 years or so has been Farm Bureau of Tennessee. They have not raised their rates once.
     
  10. JagT20N

    JagT20N LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from will county Il
    Messages: 601

    doesn't have to be new to be stolen anymore . as long as there is a need for it it can walk away , I live near the largest inland port and customs opened a office here because of the ease of things disapearing to the 3rd world .
     

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