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Old 08-20-2010, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't know if any of you remember, but I posted back in late Feb/early March ranting about my board being stolen. It was a 2009 Rome Agent with Buront all means a great board (that I absolutely loved) that was stolen from Whiteface in upstate NY. Some a**hole boosted it while I went in for a quick 20 minute lunch. Stupid me, I know...still a sucky situation. Regardless, I reported it to the mountain AND the local police department, the Wilmingotn PD. About a month later I got a call and was told that they were filing my case away, because they had no leads. Bummer.

Get this...I get a call not three days ago and its Whiteface. Some lady had stumbled onto a locked closet in a remote building on the Whiteface property. She got the door open and inside were a few snowboards. Being the wonderful mountain resort people they are, Whiteface looked up my report, saw that it matched one of the boards and they called the Wilmington PD. The PD verified and then called me...guess of them is my board!

They are 100% positive that its mine. Apparently a former employee had been stealing boards here and there in an attempt to sell them at local ski clearance sales. Bastard. I'm told that the board is in good shape, with a few stickers on it in a weak attempt to change the overall appearance. The PD is sending my board back to me, all I have to do is pay for the shipping.

This story is really just me being really amped about not losing a $500 piece of equipment (bindings are still on it too!). Got the call on paycheck day too, which made it even better. I guess moral of the story...cover your bases if you're boards stolen. Don't just give never know what could happen.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well, that is certainly awesome
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great to hear! Glad you got it back. I am buying a lock this season to help ward against that. That is indeed a sucky situation.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good news! Now then, is the former employee in hot water or is that person pretty much gone to the wind? I would think a standing bench warrant could be issued. Dude may not know it for years, but I'd love to see the look on his face if he got popped 10-20 years down the road...
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ski/Snowboard check area is my BESTFRIEND!
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Adrii View Post
Ski/Snowboard check area is my BESTFRIEND!
this does nothing if the employee running it is a piece of shit

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Old 08-21-2010, 04:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Awesome to hear! I'm shocked the police were so helpful. During the process of moving to CO, my vehicle was broken into in Topeka, KS. About $6,000 worth of stuff was stolen and the police wouldn't even drive out to the hotel. The receptionist took the report over the phone. It was obvious they were going to make zero effort. A couple of weeks later, my fiance discovers a bunch of new accounts in her name. Yep, the bastards had stolen some boxes that had some if her old bills in it and were able to use them to steal her identity. I do some research into the situation and discover that this is basically an epidemic in Topeka. I callthe PD back and was shocked to hear that they had basically come to the conclusion that these guys were just too good and too well organized for them to catch. WTF?!

It took me a couple of weeks of digging, but I was ultimately able to trace everything back to three names an address. I shared this with the PD and nothing.

A few months later I get a call letting me know arrests had been made. Sure enough, it was the names I gave them. Hey arrested someone on a mm unrelated drug charge and she rolled on the group to plead down. God knows how many other people had to go through the same shit because the Topeka PD is fucking worthless.

To top it off, most of my belongings were recovered. The detective described some of them over the phone and said he'd follow up to arrange shipping. I didn't hear anything foe a few days so I called back. I was transferred to the department that controls all the inventory and no records of my stuff were ever taken and nothin matching those descriptions was there. So, I'm sure a bunch of donut gobbling thieving bastards are probably still enjoying my shit.

Fuck the Topeka PD and hopefully it'll burn down with all of them in it.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Good to hear that you got it back! If I get a new board there's no way I'm leaving it unattended. I wonder though.. if you could somehow get a tracking device on your own board (like hide it in a fat ass stomp pad or something lol) then show up at the end of the day and take care of the problem yourself in case, like george said, your PD is worthless.
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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awesome! yeah, i remember hearing your story and i got a lock shortly after. awesome to hear you got your goods back. just makes this upcoming season even more awesome for you!
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I had the same thing happen to me with the identity thing. My report was with San Antonio PD, where I live, and they didnt do a thing. I tracked the people down with names and addresses, gave them the info and they said there was nothing they would do about it. I was pissed off.

I also had some people go by one punks house out in AZ to recover some money he stole via ID theft. The idiot was having stuff shipped to his house with my name and credit info so I was able to get the delivery address. I had a few friends drop by and have a conversation with him. He went to the bank and got me my $1700 real quick. Sometimes it is good to have friends in various places, including low places...... I let the guys keep half the money they recovered even though they offered to do it for free. Said the guy was some skinny little punk early 20 something dude.
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