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Old 07-28-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Thief took my tools while i was inside.

Installed side steps today but while setting them up went inside and took a break and while inside somebody came up and stole a whole ratchet set, which had the full set of hex bolts and ratchets. And they stole two pair of vice grips. But they were nice enough to leave my other side step and bolts needed to do it.

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Old 07-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #2
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I have heard about tools garden hoses and things like that just walking off in that part of the country...sorry it happened to you....

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Old 07-28-2013, 02:06 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear. Tools are expensive. I've left tools out on the sidewalk while working on my jeep too and worried about this. Luckily never had any problems.
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Sorry to hear. Tools are expensive. I've left tools out on the sidewalk while working on my jeep too and worried about this. Luckily never had any problems.
Yeah. Never happened before. Was only inside for maybe 10 minutes. It was craftsman too. Not cheap. Lol
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Wouldn't you have loved coming out as they where walking away with your tools. That would have been the best. On the other hand it still sucks.
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Wouldn't you have loved coming out as they where walking away with your tools. That would have been the best. On the other hand it still sucks.
Ahhh yes. Luckily had another ratchet set so was able to finish the job at hand. I was thinking about leaving other ratchet set out and staking it out to catch them.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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I feel your pain. We had some hobgoblins steal a Garmin from our vehicle right in our driveway--key fob failed to activate the locks! Luckily, or rather ironically, the morons broke into some other vehicles in our neighborhood and were using their cell phone as a light. You guessed it, the geniuses left the cell phone in one of the vehicles they broke into. On the off chance that the local police could assist, we filed and report and within a few days, we got a call saying the PD had recovered our Garmin...still 3-6 months before we get it back as it's being held as part of the evidence for the trial of the idiots. What maroons!
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Some advice.

Be careful about setting up a "trap" in this instance. It's hard because you feel jaded and bad about being taken advantage of, having the tools stolen from you but you don't know what you/him/her might do in the situation if you come out and see them stealing again. Could be a tragedy.

Live and learn.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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I feel your pain. We had some hobgoblins steal a Garmin from our vehicle right in our driveway--key fob failed to activate the locks! Luckily, the morons broke into some other vehicles in our neighborhood and were using their cell phone as a light. You guessed it, the geniuses left the cell phone in one of the vehicles they broke into. On the off chance that the local police could assist we filed and report and within a few days, we got a call saying the PD had recovered our Garmin...still 3-6 months before we get it back as it's being held as part of the evidence for the trial of the idiots. What maroons!
Yeah some people are just stupid. And it's the middle of the day! Like there is so much risk for someone to see them. Just dumb.
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Some advice.

Be careful about setting up a "trap" in this instance. It's hard because you feel jaded and bad about being taken advantage of, having the tools stolen from you but you don't know what you/him/her might do in the situation if you come out and see them stealing again. Could be a tragedy.

Live and learn.
And catching them in the act and doling out appropriate justice will allow them to live and learn. I wouldn't set a trap or I'd get in bigger trouble than they do but if I catch them in the act, I probably would commit several felonies.

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Old 07-28-2013, 04:29 PM   #11
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I feel your pain, had thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear stolen in the 90's...I was ticked to say the least. I've got a dependable 4 beagle alarm system now, nobody comes or goes from my driveway without me being aware now.
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I feel your pain, had thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear stolen in the 90's...I was ticked to say the least. I've got a dependable 4 beagle alarm system now, nobody comes or goes from my driveway without me being aware now.
Agree, dogs are best deterrent. We had one of these critters. Friendliest dog ever but no one would get near without you knowing it. I could not even make sudden moves towards the bed if my wife was already in it! Small but a head and a bark like a German Shepherd. Guy tried to mess with my wife once but then decided he didn't want to risk it, lol! I'm getting another one to go with my new Jeep.
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Wouldn't you have loved coming out as they where walking away with your tools. That would have been the best. On the other hand it still sucks.


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I feel your pain. We had some hobgoblins steal a Garmin from our vehicle right in our driveway--key fob failed to activate the locks! Luckily, or rather ironically, the morons broke into some other vehicles in our neighborhood and were using their cell phone as a light. You guessed it, the geniuses left the cell phone in one of the vehicles they broke into. On the off chance that the local police could assist, we filed and report and within a few days, we got a call saying the PD had recovered our Garmin...still 3-6 months before we get it back as it's being held as part of the evidence for the trial of the idiots. What maroons!
Morons for sure...
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:13 PM   #15
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Agree, dogs are best deterrent. We had one of these critters. Friendliest dog ever but no one would get near without you knowing it. I could not even make sudden moves towards the bed if my wife was already in it! Small but a head and a bark like a German Shepherd. Guy tried to mess with my wife once but then decided he didn't want to risk it, lol! I'm getting another one to go with my new Jeep.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:00 AM   #16
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I live between a county sheriff and city cop. Not much crime on in my neighborhood

We live in a smaller town tho. When I had a loft downtown I had people breaking into my jeep constantly.
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I've left tools out on the sidewalk while working on my jeep too and worried about this.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:27 AM   #18
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My family had a large amount of craftsman tools stolen years ago, and the thieves attempted to return them to the local Sears. My dad got all his tools back, and the guy went to jail for a brief bit.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:45 AM   #19
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I was mowing my mums yard while I was visiting her in Florida last summer, ran inside for a quick drink and restroom break, came right back out to find the mowed had been stolen. People are bold and just don't care. I feel for the OP, hope you were able to finish your install
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Sorry to here about your tools.
I know it won't help you but,I always let my dog outside when I go in. He protects my stuff good.
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I was mowing my mums yard while I was visiting her in Florida last summer, ran inside for a quick drink and restroom break, came right back out to find the mowed had been stolen. People are bold and just don't care. I feel for the OP, hope you were able to finish your install
I happened to have another ratchet set and was able to finish.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:49 PM   #22
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I bought a cover that locks underneath that same day.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:54 AM   #23
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Sorry to hear about your tools. If it makes you feel any better I lost $100,000 to a thief a few years ago. Got $7k of it back eventually, but not the rest.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #24
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Sorry to hear of your loss!We have an old guy in our neighborhood that rides around on his bike with saddlebags.He is known for this same crap and his nickname is GOODTOOL.So if you are ever out and hear the local kids say 'HERE COMES GOODTOOL"you know to watch your tools or close your garage door!
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:41 PM   #25
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Sorry to hear of your loss!We have an old guy in our neighborhood that rides around on his bike with saddlebags.He is known for this same crap and his nickname is GOODTOOL.So if you are ever out and hear the local kids say 'HERE COMES GOODTOOL"you know to watch your tools or close your garage door!
Lol too funny

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