Re: Stuff got stolen out of my jeep, I\'m venting
Man, that stinks that your belongings got taken. I hope you find the little agro-teen (or whomever) that swiped them.
Hopefully this "story of woe" will make you feel better:
It reminds me of years ago, the time I was working on my motorcycle (1976 Honda GL1000) and walked into the apartment where I was living (Beverly Hills, CA. of all places!!!!) just for a second (stupid move #1) to see "a man about a horse" and when I came out my three drawered tool box was gone! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
I began looking up and down the street frantically when a neighbor asked me if I had "lost" anything. I said, "yes" and she told me that two guys in a wine colored pick-up truck had driven down the road stopped and back up and they threw something into the back of their truck. I asked her which way they went and then ran to my car (stupid move #2) instead of calling the police. Climbing in in a rush, my knee bumped into "the club" on my steering wheel, causing the club" to shatter the windshield on my 86 Audi 4000 (stupid move #3)
Now, I'm ripsh!t!!!!!!!!!! I start up the car and take off looking for the wine colored pick-up truck through a newly shattered windshield (driving up the cost of my "bad day" up $200.00 MORE dollars) [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
While driving onto La Cienega Boulevard (logic says this was most likely the route they traveled, but we will never know...) I ask myself in a screaming rage, wine colored? Red or white? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Up ahead, I see what I think is a red truck with two guys in it and I see them turn off to the left. I catch up to them at the next stop sign and pull in front of them, blocking their path. I get out and demand my tool box back (stupid move #4).
The two occupants of this "wine-colored" truck just look at eachother in shock. They politely say, "We don't have your tool box, but if you don't believe us you can look in our truck". I felt like poop. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img] Their truck was spotless and obviously they had no tools or toolbox anywhere, I had the wrong truck, the wrong "dudes". I apologized to them for my "behavior" and drove back to my apartment with my tail between my legs to call the police, five minutes later they show up.
I tell them the whole story and they say that if I had called them first, they could have put out a "radius call" and other units in the nearby area probably could have found them, but now it was to late.
I learned a lot that day, almost all of it the hard way. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
The next day, I went to the local Sears (Craftsman tools are very good IMO) and replaced everything on my Sears credit card. Over four hundred dollars worth. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Then I sent away to a labeling company and had a small plastic label made that is still on the underside of my "new" tool box lid. It has the date and a quote "The four hundred and sixty-seven dollar bathroom break" inscribed on it, to remind me to always keep my guard up.
That was over ten years ago. Unfortunately, many of us have been "clipped" in the past, we learn lessons and take measures to try and ensure that it does not happen again, but you can only try your best. There is no guarantee against thieves.
My best advice is to never keep anything of value in your jeep if you are not in you own private, lockable garage.
Best of luck........................
1984 CJ-7 304 V8
torx: mistake, or did they do it to us on purpose?