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Old 07-25-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Stolen TJ

Hey guys, my 2000 Sahara was stolen in Buford today. I've already talked with the Gwinnett County police and my insurance. It's black with a tan top. I had the doors off and windows out and it's all stock. The police department's phone is 770-513-5100 and the case number is 13-066752.

I hate that this was my first post on the local forum. I've had her since February and was hoping that next weekend I would actually be able to meet up with some of you folks for a ride. Hopefully she turns up, if not I will be searching for another. Waited a long time to get one and then only enjoy it for less than 6 months.

I will definitely post updates as I get them, assuming they find it. Thanks for reading this and keeping an eye out fellas. Here is a picture of how it looked today




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Sorry to hear this. Any details on how it was stolen? Was it parked at home, work, on the street?

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It was at the Mall of Georgia. I took my girlfriends younger brother up there and since he had never been in a Jeep we took the doors off. This may be a lesson learned the hard way. We were inside for about an hour to an hour and a half. I just got off the phone with the malls security and they might be able to pull up some surveillance video from that time frame of the area where I was parked. I was parked relatively close to the front of the lot.
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I hope the video can give the police a lead to follow. Good luck.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #5
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Yeah man me too, I appreciate it. They were apparently filming a movie with Adam Sandler in a part of the mall close to where we parked. With all the hustle and bustle that caused it probably made it easier to slip away.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:34 PM   #6
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Since jeeps are easy prey for theft, maybe its an idea to put on a hidden GPS device? Something to think about...
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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very unfortunate. i hope you get it back in one piece, or insurance gives you enough for it.
get lo-jack on your next one.
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I agree on some sort of a tracking device and have started looking around for future use. I've looked at LoJack, any other suggestions? Just something to give a signal, kind of like the "find your iPhone" app.
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Sorry to hear this.

When. You get this one back make sure to add a custom touch so it doesn't look like so many others out there. Make her easy to spot. Look forward to you having your jeep back
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I agree on some sort of a tracking device and have started looking around for future use. I've looked at LoJack, any other suggestions? Just something to give a signal, kind of like the "find your iPhone" app.
I just started browsing on the topic and here's one of many:

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A hidden battery switch is easier and cheaper. It'll prevent the engine from being started.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:51 PM   #12
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That does suck though. I, like many, have left our Jeeps open for years without change even missing from the cup holders. If they find who did it, maybe their sentence could be being hung from the rear bumper (like truck nuts) and be taken for a little off road trip!!!!!
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That does suck azz! Best of luck finding it.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:08 PM   #14
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Thanks for the link revco.

Whether its recovered or replaced (preferably recovered in one piece) I will most certainly be putting in a hidden kill switch and a tracking unit of some sort. More research to do. It'll give me some peace of mind knowing it has a deterrent and a tracker.

I've still got my full doors and key so in the meantime I suppose I can try and Fred Flinstone around town.
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Thanks for the link revco.

Whether its recovered or replaced (preferably recovered in one piece) I will most certainly be putting in a hidden kill switch and a tracking unit of some sort. More research to do. It'll give me some peace of mind knowing it has a deterrent and a tracker.

I've still got my full doors and key so in the meantime I suppose I can try and Fred Flinstone around town.
NP man! Like I said, there are alot of choices out there... I think the problem is range vs price.

Sorry about your jeep being stolen, I know if anyone stole mine they would stand out like a sore thumb since there are none like mine in northern ontario, maybe one or two down south in my province but its impossible to know. What I do know is that only 4067 of the 60th were made globally and more then half that number are silverstone, and the rest black.
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Tile

this isnt quite ready yet. but its coming soon, should be able to stash this little guy in or on the car some place discrete. $25. doesnt get you internet based tracking via GPS, but for $25 its a good start.

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^So that's what Tile is. I've seen ads and haven't yet bothered to click the links to see what it's all about. What a great idea...and priced very affordably. I suppose it could be a game-changer in the stolen auto recovery world...unless somebody figures a way to jam the signals from those things.
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The range on that Tile thingy is good if you lose something around your home:

You can see yourself getting closer and further away from the Tile when within a 50 - 150ft range.

This will not help you in the event your jeep is stolen, maybe if you misplaced the keys and put the tile on it
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The range on that Tile thingy is good if you lose something around your home:

You can see yourself getting closer and further away from the Tile when within a 50 - 150ft range.

This will not help you in the event your jeep is stolen, maybe if you misplaced the keys and put the tile on it
So if your stolen jeep with the Tile hidden in it happens to be driven by someone with Tile installed on their phone, won't it alert you to it's location? Even if it were parked in a thief's garage, the potential for even the UPS delivery guy's phone to detect it is there. If enough people install Tile, a thief would have to keep it parked well away from the public to prevent it from being tracked. Sure it's not infallible, but for the price, it has a lot of potential.
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So if your stolen jeep with the Tile hidden in it happens to be driven by someone with Tile installed on their phone, won't it alert you to it's location? Even if it were parked in a thief's garage, the potential for even the UPS delivery guy's phone to detect it is there. If enough people install Tile, a thief would have to keep it parked well away from the public to prevent it from being tracked. Sure it's not infallible, but for the price, it has a lot of potential.
Right there you said it: IF enough people install it. Maybe when ENOUGH people install it it might actually be usefull. Just my opinion, could be the next crimestopping tool or fad... Time tells all tales
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #21
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So OP, any update?
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #22
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Unfortunately not my friends. Insurance is going to consider it totaled if it has not been recovered within 20 days of its abduction. Fortunately I purchased Gap insurance when I bought it in February, so that will be a big help if its never found. It's been over a week, statistically speaking its probably long gone. I did search the area around where it was taken in the slim chance someone just took it for a ride and left it somewhere but no dice. I hope she turns up but if not I'm taking what I learned lurking here on the forum and getting a Jeep just as good if not better.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:51 PM   #23
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My Jeep was never found and was declared a total loss by my insurance company. After it being missing for two weeks i just accepted that she wasn't coming home. The payout I received after paying the rest of the loan off made it as if I never owned it in the first place. It was basically a wash. I'm now searching for another. Considered an LJ but after testing one I figured I could spend close to the same for a Rubicon TJ. That's the plan for now. Happy trails fellas, hopefully I will be back in a Jeep soon.
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A hidden battery switch is easier and cheaper. It'll prevent the engine from being started.



Are you referring to a kill switch?


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Old 08-28-2013, 05:10 PM   #25
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Icing on the cake: the police located my Jeep today. Sitting behind a hotel about 30-45 minutes south of where is was stolen. I have not seen it yet (i will tomorrow) but the officer I spoke to said it was intact, except for the ignition and missing radio. The thieves broke into the trunk lid (since they didn't have a key for the tailgate) and took the radio faceplate and my wrenches. Apparently they also left some things behind that were not mine, one of which was an AT&T cell phone. Chances are it was stolen, but maybe it wasn't.
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Sweet! Hopefully the phone belongs to the thief...after all, your average criminal is pretty stupid.
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Any criminal average or not is pretty stupid
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:07 AM   #28
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Everything is now wrapped up in this case. I never updated anything on here because I didn't have a full story until now. My Sahara was found on August 27. Just a bit over a month from when it was stolen (July 25). Unfortunately by this point my insurance company had declared it a total loss and I had accepted the fact that she was long gone. I received the payout for the jeep less than a week before they found it, which sucked because now the only way to get it back would be at auction. Never having dealt with auto auctions I decided it wasn't worth the trouble. The police called me and said that they found it behind a hotel about 30-45 minutes south of where it was stolen. Talked to them and then eventually a detective. Gave him some info and he said a few things about it but that was it. Until this point, I had heard nothing from them since they didn't have any news to report since the Jeep hadn't turned up. But they found it and I began learning the details. They found it behind a hotel. Doors off and windows off. I don't know how no one at the hotel reported it since it rained a lot during the time it was missing and the Jeep never moved(more on this later). After a couple weeks the police released the hold on the Jeep so I was able to go see it at the impound lot as well as try and find some of my things that the police didn't get, particularly the gate key to my apartment. But alas it wasn't there.

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A few weeks later I went to the police station to collect my things that the police took when they found the Jeep. The lady gave me two boxes but I knew that wasn't right since it was too much stuff and one box said it was "evidence" and not "property" like the other. Not wanting to take things that weren't mine and had something to do with their investigation I told the officer at the desk this. I waited a few minutes and the auto theft detective assigned to my case came out to set things right. Ended up talking to him and here is what I learned (I already knew some of it from when I first spoke to him on the phone over a month earlier):

The guy who stole it was arrested July 26th while driving a lady's Jeep he had stolen (I know it was a Rubicon, no idea if it was a TJ or JK) but never said anything about my Jeep. Didn't want to dig his hole any deeper I suppose. But they found it and then linked it to him, and he admitted to it as well as saying that he was surprised it took them so long to find it. Since I had taken my doors off, it made an easy target. The detective said he hotwired it in about 60 seconds, so he knew what he was doing. He ended up dumping the Jeep where the police found it. He dumped it because it kept stalling out on him and he would have to push it to the side of the road and restart it. Whether it was because of his wiring or the fact that it was low on fuel, I'll never know. The detective said the crook was going to plea guilty to this and some other things and was to serve 10 years instead of 20. At this point I had considered the case closed in my book.

The district attorney had sent me a couple letters regarding the hearing and then eventually a trial date. I wasn't going to go as they didn't need me there and there was no point in me going after restitution. Yesterday I received the final verdict from the jury on 5 charges. He was found guilty of the thefts of my Jeep and the second Jeep that belonged to a lady. The lady must have left her purse in her jeep or something because there were two charges of credit card fraud using her cards. When they arrested him in the lady's jeep he had meth with him and was found guilty for that. I had no idea about the credit cards and meth until yesterday, I had just thought he was getting charged for theft on a few levels.

In summary: lesson learned the hard way. Do what you can to protect your stuff. If I had LoJack I would have had my jeep found in short order. If I had installed a kill switch it may have never left that parking lot.

I took what I learned off of this forum and decided to get a TJ Rubicon. It seemed to fit what I had in mind for future plans. Here she is after a great ride this weekend. Happy Jeeping folks.

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Creative way to upgrade to a Rubicon.....

That sucks, but at least you know what happened now.
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It's always good to have closure! Glad it all worked out for you. I'm looking into the trackers noted earlier in the thread. FWIW: When I take doors and top off I ALWAYS run a short cable through the steering wheel and around counsol... My thinking yeah you could hot wire it but with the cable it'll be a PITA. But then they could tow...If they want it bad enough they WILL take it.

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