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Old 04-18-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Question stolen hardtop advice

last year i had my hardtop stolen from in front of my house. it really sucked i had to drive around with the top off for months. today i was driving home from the beach and driving the oppisite direction was a jeep with my hardtop on it, i followed the guy and finally confronted him. he told me this long dragged out story about how he bought the top with the jeep last year from some guy on craigslist any way my ? is is their some kind of vin or personal idenification number on the top that will match the jeep so i can prove its mine?

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Not unless the glass was etched with serial numbers.

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Old 04-18-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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go take it back !!!
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Talk to a dealership and see if they would be able to match the top to your Jeep
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No markings that I'm aware of.

No proof, it's his. Take it from him and it's stealing. He might me a dirt bag with a crappy story, but it's still his.

Even if the top has some character (scratches etc) you'd better have some proof that it was yours (photos etc).

Sorry your property was stolen by some (maybe this) dirtbag.
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Is there any chance you filed a police report with specific identification? There must be some kind of obvious marks or something for you to notice it while driving down the road.
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Ok, HOW did you know it was YOUR top?
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:06 PM   #9
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And why would you leave it in your front yard? Have you priced those things? Them b***ches are expensive.....
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:31 PM   #10
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Ok, HOW did you know it was YOUR top?
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Is there any chance you filed a police report with specific identification? There must be some kind of obvious marks or something for you to notice it while driving down the road.
These both are your best bet to getting your top back...especially the 2nd one. Otherwise, you're SOL dude. Sorry.
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Yea there are no etchings, how the heck did you know it was your top? stickers? And why would you leave it just sitting outside?
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And why would you leave it just sitting outside?
Because it wouldn't fit on the end table in the living room?

Something else to keep in mind... unless you're the original owner, as easy as tops are to interchange, even IF they were VIN etched, if that top wasn't originally on that Jeep when it rolled off the line, then you're still SOL.
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And why would you leave it in your front yard? Have you priced those things? Them b***ches are expensive.....
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Unfortunately, I'll go with shit out of luck on this one. I had an ATV stolen from me (12 years old at the time, worked and saved up $3500 for that too), and despite numerous EBAY listings for MY quad from a residence ten minutes from me, the police would do nothing.

I'm curious, how did you know it was yours?
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Ya caulk it up to a hard learning day. I have had things stolen from me too. IT sucks. To the leaving it in the front yard I mean I would too. I trust my neighborhood but even if it was just on top of the jeep who's to say they wouldn't take it off anyways and run with it. Being on the ground or on the jeep take just about the same time to steal if you really think about it.
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Unfortunately, I'll go with shit out of luck on this one. I had an ATV stolen from me (12 years old at the time, worked and saved up $3500 for that too), and despite numerous EBAY listings for MY quad from a residence ten minutes from me, the police would do nothing.

I'm curious, how did you know it was yours?
You'd be surprised by what the police/local prosecutors will refuse to act on. Back in my dark, soulless days as an insurance adjustor, I had about a half-dozen "in the bag" fraud cases involving not-so-stolen vehicles that the police just shrugged their shoulders at. In spite of having a signed affidavit of theft on-hand, notarized by the owner, and irrefutable proof that said owner still possessed the vehicle, they refused to prosecute. Disappointing, yes, but just another argument to not rely on anyone other than yourself for your own well-being.

That being said, the above posts that suggest there's nothing you can do are right.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:07 AM   #17
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I think having the glass etched on the hardtop is a good idea.
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sorry, but your SOL. as stated above, police suck...they will give you the run around because "they have better things to do" than help you out unfortunately...thats the run around I got when my car got hit...I didnt see it but In found a car that just happened to get almost identical marks to mine at the same time that matched up with marks left on the road.
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I am curious as to how you knew it was your top too. Raises another question for me, how often are soft tops stolen? I just got one and realized there is next to nothing to prevent them from being stolen.
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Never heard of a soft top being stolen. Doors are a much bigger risk, I think.
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Never heard of a soft top being stolen. Doors are a much bigger risk, I think.

When my Jeep got broken into and my radio and some other stuff stolen, I called the police. The officer that came out said we were lucky they didn't steal doors, as the full hard doors are a hot ticket item for thieves. I have since bought the Tuffy locking hinge guards so that can't happen.
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i knew it was my top because i customize a worrior rack to brace right to the hard top and not to the frame. their should be no jeep on jeep crime, it should be considered treason punishable by bannishment from ever owning a jeep again or death!
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sorry, but your SOL. as stated above, police suck...they will give you the run around because "they have better things to do" than help you out unfortunately...thats the run around I got when my car got hit...I didnt see it but In found a car that just happened to get almost identical marks to mine at the same time that matched up with marks left on the road.
Bet when you need them to save your hiney from the bad guy you wont think they suck. You give the reason why they COULDN'T do anything about your car getting hit. No witness, inlcuding yourself. Basically your word against someone elses. Only thing they could do in your situation is complete a report, which you could use to file your claim with insurance. Yeah some officers may suck, but don't categorize them all.
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Bet when you need them to save your hiney from the bad guy you wont think they suck. You give the reason why they COULDN'T do anything about your car getting hit. No witness, inlcuding yourself. Basically your word against someone elses. Only thing they could do in your situation is complete a report, which you could use to file your claim with insurance. Yeah some officers may suck, but don't categorize them all.
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Bet when you need them to save your hiney from the bad guy you wont think they suck. You give the reason why they COULDN'T do anything about your car getting hit. No witness, inlcuding yourself. Basically your word against someone elses. Only thing they could do in your situation is complete a report, which you could use to file your claim with insurance. Yeah some officers may suck, but don't categorize them all.
ok, so not all police suck, but there are some out there do not give a crap and should not be a cop. "they couldnt do anything" yes they could they didnt even talk to the other car, which could have led to a confession, they did even answer when i called, didnt reply to my emails. I was in the dark for 2 months before i filed a complaint against the officer.
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ok, so not all ______ suck, but there are some out there do not give a crap and should not be a _____. "
This is true of any profession, and of people in general.
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I think that if the OP filed a police report when the top was stolen, and if by ANY chance he has photos of the top, including the custom install of the safari rack he should go to the police about it and see if he can get them to do something.

Worst case scenario, they will tell you no but it can't hurt to TRY!
Maybe they can at least get the guy to show proof of where he bought the Jeep/hard top to show that he's not the crook.

If a pawn shop buys stolen goods, it is confiscated. The shop loses the item AND their money.
It works that way for the general public too.

I have my hard top up in the shop. I'll go give it a good look all over to see if there are any numbers on it anywhere and let you know.
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I went up and looked, could not see any numbers at all.
If there are, there may be something under where the glass closes or under the weatherstrips. If someone has their hard top on perhaps they could open their back glass and look there.
The weatherstrips are glued on, so of course I didn't peel them up to look.

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If his story is right (probably not) ask him who he got it from, what the guys name was etc...

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