Autumn

Autumn

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Lesson Learned, the Hard Way

A gentleman came into the shop this morning; hang dog face and all. Asked what had happened. Said his truck and wife's car had been burglarized overnight. Bad enough that, but he'd had a habit of storing his personal carry piece and several other weapons inside said truck.

Guess what went missing.

Boys in blue arrive and smug the surfaces in a vain attempt to find prints. Of course they fail yet get a tip from neighbor lady and within hours find the two punks responsible for the damage and retrive the guns.

My customer is all happy and stuff. He smiles at the cops and ask when he may have his carry piece back...they laughed and said, "Soon."

"How soon," he asked. Their answer was after the trial. Months, perhaps.

Lock you trucks and cars after you remove your weapons. I should know. Several years ago I attended a rifle shoot. Arrived home very late at night. I was tired and in my stupid half-sleep stupor failed to remove my guns from my truck. Went to bed with all intentions of doing so the next morning. I used very poor judgment, thought, well hell I live in a nice neighborhood, well off the main roads, my precious cargo will be fine over night. See it coming, don't you.

I lost a Colt HBAR AR-15, a $1,500.00 rifle. I also lost a Springfield XD-45, another $600.00. Cops arrived, looked over the scene and told me whomever took my items knew me. They said it had to be someone of close personal acquaintance. Damn sure didn't make me feel any better, in fact my blood lust hit an all time high. I wanted to kill, something. All because I used poor personal judgement. At least my truck was locked and I was able to give the police serial numbers.

I asked why they thought the thief was a personal friend. Their reply was simple...you cannot see your truck from the road. They didn't steal magazines (loaded worth thirty five dollars each) or any of the other gear such as binoculars, spotting scope, armorer tools, filled ammo cans and other small items. Just the guns. Cops said one day they'd screw the pooch and try and sell or pawn the items. Sooner or later I hope to have my weapons returned. Until then, I'm watching you....waiting....make peace with your God while you have time, because if I find you with my rifle...may God bless your soul.

 
Lock your trucks....after you remove your guns.

Stephen

21 comments:

  1. I have to say I really hate thieves. Coming from a military mindset and having items stolen from me in the past, whenever I hear about thieves my blood boils.

    That being said everyone needs to write down all the serial numbers of their weapons first and join the NRA second. Why join the NRA? Because they will insure up to $2500 for lost or stolen weapons. I know I am preaching to the choir but the NRA does have some fantastic benefits.

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is why I have started carrying either on my person, or a concealed carry purse. I had a friend of mine who carried a .357 she kept it in her glove box. and when her car was broken in to, among the other things stolen was her gun..its never been retrieved.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What the police told you doesn't sound right to me.

    IF it was a personal friend(s) they would have know to look for the magazines, they'd have probably taken more that what they did, as in all that stuff you mentioned.

    It sounds to me like it was a crime of opportunity, where someone came along and took the first thing(s) available and split.

    Sorry that happened to you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Reckon if you find them, the dummies won't still be standing like the one in the last photo LOL

    ReplyDelete
  5. mmasse, Bubba, good advice....but, I am a member of the NRA, have been since I was a kid. I contacted the NRA after my weapons were stolen. Long story short...I did not receive one red cent from the NRA. They wanted documentation and proof of prior appraisal and many other hoops for me to jump through before payment. Do you have written appraisals on your weapons...? By one of their approved appraisers. I didn't. Called State Farm, my insurance company. One phone call...check in mail for three grand.

    JUGM, good for you. I do still keep weapons in my truck...now I just remove them.

    Matt, what can I say...their thoughts.

    Dani, if I find the person/s responsible...well, it'll not be pretty. Thanks. Oh, no they will not be standing afterwards...I don't say these things lightly, not my style...I don't rooster and beat my chest. I keep my word.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Crap Stephen I didn't know you had to go through an appraisal first. Makes me not want to renew now. Thanks for the heads up on that.

    ReplyDelete
  7. mmasse, I understand, many people have had the wind blown up their panties by the NRA. Like I said, they talk a good game.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Trespassing and theft are two of my pet peeves.

    I hope you catch them one day. I got plenty of desert out here for the coyotes to clean some bones.

    ReplyDelete
  9. The only times I leave a firearm in a vehicle is upon entering a lawful victim disarmament zone that I cannot avoid.

    Most times(when I don't have to leave a gun in the vehicle) anymore I leave the vehicle unlocked in the hope that a thief might try the door before they break a window.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Mudbug, mine too. We have a few hollow cypress logs down in the swamp for such folk...

    Odysseus, I have what I fondly refer to as my truck guns. I keep a Glock 17 in my rig along with my Critter Getter. Each night I remove them. Never know...

    ReplyDelete
  11. My insurance company won't insure mine for more than 5,000, and that was after telling them under no uncertain terms could they have my serial numbers and types. They said the'd never share the list with anyone, but wouldn't that be a great way of finding the gun you want to steal and all it's pertinent info? I also asked them if they would withhold it from the Guv'ment when they decided to take them all. They said "of course not". I told them they could take the premium with no list or no premium, period. They now take the money, but don't even offer a policy or rider for more than the 5,000. That sucks, because as you know, guns are a little pricey now-a-days. Oh well.

    ReplyDelete
  12. HillBilly, I don't blame you. Neither would I give them my serial numbers. Sometimes you must make a stand and take your chances in life. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I often see cases where a trio of thugs drive into a good, $300,00+ house neighborhood. Drop two at one end of a street about 3:30 A. M. wait at the other end. Just go into unlocked cars, which will be well over half of them. In an hour, they will clear a half dozen pistols, a dozen purses, sixty or seventy credit cards, $2-4,000, and about an equivalent amount of jewelry.

    The ones who bother to sell their stuff out of town never get caught.

    ReplyDelete
  14. staghounds, same has happened here many times in the past. Until that is a few months back they picked the wrong street and had their collective asses shot off. Thanks for the comment and come back anytime.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I had this happen a couple years ago. But it was in a shopping center parking lot. The thieves watched me get out of my truck and walk into the store. I was gone no more than 15 minutes and they jimmyed the lock on door (all it takes is a screwdriver to open a Dodge Ram locked door) and took my 1911.

    NRA - same results. Since I had acquired the gun on a trade, there was no cash register receipt to make a claim with. I had to get sworn statements from 2 people that I did, indeed own such a firearm.

    Cops found the gun during a traffic stop. Cop who confiscated it found it on NICs (which I made sure the SN# got entered into) and made sure I got it back. Would have taken a lot longer had the thief not pleaded guilty.

    ReplyDelete
  16. oh - i hate to sound cocky - but this story and all of the comments left is the REASON that we moved here to a village of 50 people -

    YOU CAN'T STEAL ANYTHING WITHOUT 9 OR 10 PEOPLE KNOWING ABOUT IT! and no one here steals anything!

    our community is too small. if a strange vehicle drives up a road - 2 or 3 of us follow said vehicle...and we are really helpful...we help the people who aren't from here find their way...somebody is always awake - no matter what hour!

    move to the country!!!! my best advice to everyone!

    your friend,
    kymber

    ReplyDelete
  17. Anon, thanks. Those serial numbers do make a difference.

    kymber, I believe I confused your comment with another and have already answered you above in another post...doofus time here. Anyway, thank you for the comment...you always make my day with your cheerful thoughts...God bless.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Stephen - you used to be a friend. of which i have a few. but now you have moved into "super friend" status....of which i only have one.

    YOU are the reason we started a blog and YOU are the reason that we now regularly converse with Arsenius, Duke, mudbug, matt, PioneerP, PracticalP, North, JUGM, mmasse and a whole pile of others (if your name isn't listed here please don't be offended - i am just trying to get a point across!)...

    my point being that i come here to your blog to feel at home. and feel that i can express myself without judgement. and to feel like i can contribute and participate. and i thank you for that, dear friend. i thank you!

    your friend,
    kymber

    ReplyDelete
  19. kymber, thank you so much, Sweetheart...scuffs boot in dirt...ah, shucks.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Stephen,

    Thank you for a poignant reminder.......just walked back in with my XD45 that of course was in the truck, unlocked, overnight......duh!!

    Got here via Tam

    ReplyDelete
  21. Luke, thank you. We've all made the same mistake. Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll return. That Tam is a sweetheart...

    ReplyDelete