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went into my garage over the weekend and stole a 2.0 liter Volkswagen engine. Now granted it had been sitting there for 2 years waiting for me to pull the head and then I was going to sell it to a scrap buyer. But fuck! Who goes up someone's driveway when they are drying their garage out from recent rains, picks up an engine and takes it? I hope the assholes got hernias trying to lift that heavy piece of shit. It was all I could do to push it off the truck when I brought it home. Plus it was still full of oil. Hopefully it spilled all over their truck and ruined something. Apparently it happened on Friday or Saturday when I was gone. Deb left the door open because I'd asked her to in an effort to dry the place out. Then she went out for cigarettes. I only noticed it tonight when I went to get the grill out for dinner. I guess I should count myself lucky they didn't steal the lawnmower or the can of gas or any other implements of destruction. They did knock over my tomato plants. Fuckers! I had a Joliet cop over here getting a statement. He didn't seem too optimistic of recovering anything. And he said, "This isn't the worst I've heard. These scrappers can get pretty balsy!"

Guess we'll have to keep the garage door shut all the time now. They better hope I never catch them. I can't wait until I move.


*Edit* - Last night I sent emails to all the local scrap yards. About 3/4 of them have contacted me back saying the engine has not come in yet but they will let me know if it does. At least that's something.

Wander

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gnominclature
Jul. 1st, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Dag
wander
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah you think you are safe and live in a nice neighborhood until somthing like this happens. Usually they just pick through people's trash.

W
decembertyger
Jul. 1st, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
That sucks I am sorry!

Copper scrappers are SUPER bad. THey had to hire securit at night in new housing developments because after the electricion would install that night they would strip all the wire in the house
wander
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Opportunistic bastards. Worst part is there are scrap yards that will take this stuff knowing it is probably stolen.

W
piscesdreams
Jul. 1st, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
I am sorry to hear that you have become a victim of such thieves.

Metal thieves have done so much damage over here but I thought that they have diminished since metal prices have seemed to go down. Maybe I was wrong. I truly hope that nothing else gets taken from you.
wander
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
I think some people do it full time. A lot of people around here will set junk out on the curb on trash day that they know the trash people won't take but the junk pickers will. I suppose that make sort of encourage this sort of behavior.

W
nessachan
Jul. 1st, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Ugh. People will steal anything that's not nailed down. Sometimes they'll steal that, too. Scrappers are the worst of all, because they don't just steal, they destroy stuff in the process. (Too many old buildings facing doom because of scrappers.)
wander
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I've wondered why so many ruins I shoot have not yet been victims of scrappers. Still too remote I guess or easier pickins closer to town. If they had waited a couple weeks, I would have paid them to haul it off.

W
nayrene
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
I always think people who would do that are also afraid of stealing from abandoned places - or they just conclude there wouldn't be anything valuable enough. It happens a lot around here, a good deal of it due to meth. Argh.
wander
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they conclude there would be nothing worht stealing in abandoned places.

W
juan_gandhi
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
So the garage door was open... My bicycle was stolen from a closed garage. The thief ("a suspect") came in through the back door and took just one bicycle, the best one.
wander
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the police noted the garage was open too like I should expect people to steal things because I left the garage door open. I guess I should be thankful they didn't take the computer or monitors I had stored out there. The only other way into the garage would be through the house so again I guess it's a good thing they were not interested in coming in.

W
(Anonymous)
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Our little historic Santa Fe train depot went through incredible work to get an airconditioning in this economically depressed rural area. It wasn't in 48 hours when somebody just backed a truck up and stole it, presumably for scrap.
wander
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'd be in support of much higher penalties for people who do that. There is just no excuse for that even if the area is economically depressed. I can see rooting around in someone's trash for cans or other metal but to actually trespass and steal things is unforgivable.

W
nayrene
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh, man, that really sucks. I don't get it, I really don't - are VW engines really that valuable? Reminds me of those people who broke into the pub located below my office and hauled off 4 kegs of beer in MASON JARS.
wander
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
It's not the engine that is valuable to anyone but me. It's the fact that the block is made of solid aluminum and therefore valuable as scrap. They will probably strip all the steel and cast iron parts off and sell the block with a bunch of other aluminum scrap.

W
nayrene
Jul. 2nd, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am totally feeling you re: your comment about that Santa Fe depot air-conditioner theft - and like you said, you would have PAID someone to haul it away if they could have waited, or even if they had ASKED you.
redsgoddes
Jul. 2nd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Bunch of skanks. The Karma bus will be looking for them.
wander
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I've no doubt they will get what's coming to them. I just hope I'm there to watch.

W
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