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    UPDATE Saw my van stolen just now!

    Exciting morning around here. Sitting here in my office and I look out the window and I see a wrecker towing my van... well actually it's my brother-in-laws van down the road!! It's a work van, with a bucket/lift on it. I was sitting down beside my barn, just out of sight of the house.

    I almost panicked. I jumped up and had to find my lost car keys and tried to chase the wrecker down. I have a neighbor that has a white wrecker and drives by the house all the time. I though it was his wrecker and but for the life I me I couldn't figure out why he was towing it and didn't talk to me. By the time I got out of the garage and on the road it was out of site so I called 911 and headed for his shop. When I got there, there sat his white wrecker but no van.

    Police finally showed up and acted like they could care less honestly. Officer was convinced it was picked for a repo.Didn't really want to do anything. Well, I knew better, it's a old almost worn out van and there hasn't been a mortgage in years on it. Bucket arm was the only reason it was worth anything. Handier than a shirt pocket!

    I called the Sheriffs department and they were much more helpful. At their recommendation we started calling wrecker companies. They explained if it repo'ed the agent was supposed to contact them immediately after picking it up. And there was no repo's today. I relayed a message to the BIL who works out of state most of the time. Well as fortune would have it, we found the wrecker company that picked it up. It appears someone living near me sold it as scrap, got the VIN number off of it and wrote a receipt claiming to be the Grandson of the owner.

    BIL has been in contact with the buyer and he, the buyer is furious. He was going to police to file a report for the kid selling stolen property. And looks like the van will be returned shortly. I am amazed and a bit annoyed we had to do the Police work too. I am not a cop hater by any means but this annoys me big time.

    I just looked at when I called 911 and it's been less than two hours. Made for an exciting morning!
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 02-15-2008 at 04:47 PM.
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    Man, what a morning!

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    Glad you saved the van! I really feel sorry for the poor guy that thought he bought it too. Does a letter stating to be the grandson of the owner give someone authority to sell it?

    I've been on a few "repo's" when I worked inside a car rental branch and a customer wouldn't bring a car back. I had dogs attack me, my life threatened (verbally only) and been called more than a few choice names.
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    What a morning! I really have to qustion anyone who thinks they bought a vehicle without the paperwork changing hands(?). Maybe that's a California thing(?). Sounds like the buyer gave the kid the money before he got the pink or they were supposed to link up after the van was at a mutually agreed upon location(?). Around here your car can be dead in your driveway for a decade and there is still paperwork to get rid of it even if you want it crushed.
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    Wow what a morning Jeff. I am amazing that no one knocked on the door before taking it. Sounds kind of a flacky excuse from the towing company and they should be more accountable and responsible. Hey on the positive at least you were home to see it happening and were able to chase it down pretty fast. Interesting to know that some kid has been wandering around casing out your place, that would really concern me. Glad it has a happy ending.

    Yea I agree with Stu take the rest of the day off and relax and get your blood pressure back down.
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    BIL has been in contact with the buyer and is starting to get suspicious that he isn't coming clean. But we have the Wrecker Company as witnesses. They said he had a Bill of Sale they apparently sold (I meant saw the BOS) before they picked it up. Have a name of a local kid, but that may be phoney.

    Yea, it's got my attention. But if you are on the other side of my barn your out of site of the house. Nothing I can do about that. Just need to replace the fence, remove the gate and that will stop most people. Someone drove though the fence and I didn't fix it this summer. Just removed the damaged section. But I will soon repair it and move the gate to the house end.

    You do have to have a title since 1977 in Alabama. So he couldn't have gotten a tag for it. But I guess he could have scrapped it and sold the Lift for good money. Just stripped the van.

    Got work this afternoon, need to the money. And the adrenaline rush is over now.
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 02-04-2008 at 09:45 PM.
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    I would be tempted to write or visit with the local mayor, and city councilmen and explain the attitude of the police department.

    Let's see, the supposed buyer is guilty of receiving stolen merchandise, and the kid is guilty of auto theft. I hope your BIL gets a lawyer. I think(?) that even the sheriff's office could initiate a case. Give them both 10 years and move on. Do they still have chain gangs down your way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Garlock View Post
    .... Do they still have chain gangs down your way?
    Not sure, since our last Sheriff recently died. But he had reinstated chain gangs and a lot of strict codes in the jail. Crew cuts were mandatory, removed the TV's except for one. And it only had two or three channels. Disney and the Weather Channel I think it was. Won elections big time! Prisoners hated the jail and that was his goal. He ran a jail, not a Bed and Breakfast.

    Not sure if the new Sheriffs will be as strict or not. Will see if he keeps the Chain Gangs. Hope so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Not sure, since our last Sheriff recently died. But he had reinstated chain gangs and a lot of strict codes in the jail. Crew cuts were mandatory, removed the TV's except for one. And it only had two or three channels. Disney and the Weather Channel I think it was. Won elections big time! Prisoners hated the jail and that was his goal. He ran a jail, not a Bed and Breakfast.

    Not sure if the new Sheriffs will be as strict or not. Will see if he keeps the Chain Gangs. Hope so!
    Glad to see someone had the balls to do something like that. Here the prisoners have a golf course in one jail and more rights than the general population and if you can beleive it mom's are smuggling drugs in stuffed inside babies clothing. Ok the stipid side of that is that the gaurds that complained about this happening are told that they have crossed the line when it comes to the prisoners rights? Ok isn't that what Jail is about? giving up your rights when you are caught and sentenced.
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    boy sorry to hear your woes jeff but look on the bright side the scrap weight you got in your shop was worth way more than the van,,the crook missed out big time there seems to be more all the time of creatures needing our stuff more than us.
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