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    So get this, Friday afternoon, about 5:30pm, I was working on running some usb cable from my cars trunk to the front by the head unit. I had removed my subs from the trunk to get in there and set them aside. I did what I had to do, put everything back, put the subs in the trunk, but didn't hook them up and closed up the car.

    Saturday around noon, I went with my gf to a Harbor Freight Parking lot sale. Bought a few things and went back to the car. Normally, I don't put anything in the trunk to avoid damaging the subs, well, that day I decided to try to put the stuff in the trunk in a way that wouldn't damage the subs. I pop the trunk and what do I see? 95% empty space, a wiring harness that was originally going to my crossover, my cordless drill and my jack just chillin' there in the trunk.

    I stand back and start processing what's going on. I ask myself: "did I take out the subs and put them in my garage?" "No." So I look under the rear seat panel where I had installed my crossover... empty space under there also. I think some more. Then I head over to the drivers' door and open it. I take a look underneath the seat and behold! My amp is also gone!

    I turn to my gf and I say in a normal voice: "Someone stole my subs." She goes are you sure? I say: "Yup, they're gone, my crossover is gone and my amp is gone."

    So between the night before and Saturday morning, someone had plenty of time to go in there and take my audio equipment, in my driveway! Oddly enough, they didn't take anything else. I had a laptop sitting in the passenger seat. External hard drive in the back seat along with other computer parts, none of which were touched or even moved.

    They removed every screw and fastener to everything that was connected. They didn't cut, damage or pull any cables. Everything is still intact, and as a bonus, they used my own tools to get the job done. Fortunately, they didn't take the tools, how nice of them is that? At least I'll be able to use them when I need to install new stuff.

    Apparently, they also tried to take my wheels, which was evidenced by the fact that they removed the jack from it's location and by some smudges I saw on the rims. I guess they weren't able to though.

    Fortunately, I had taken out my car PC because I was working on it in my house and the monitor hasn't been mounted yet so it wasn't even in the car.
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  • #2
    That is just crap! Sorry to hear that it happened. Hope your insurance covers it.
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    • #3
      wow. I hope insurance covers it but most have some BS about it being bolted or something unless you pay extra...

      Hope it works out for you.
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      • #4
        I had the same crap happen to me, I had my passenger window busted though (on my tahoe) and they couldn't get the rear door open cause i shaved the handles.. so they decided to rip the whole sub box up through the front cab and out the side door scratching my seats and paint... i said the same thing in a normal voice to my gf... .the a$$holes even left huge fingerprints on my back window where they had lookeed through to see what I had... Police finger printed it, but I believe they prob just threw em away once they left... because I hear they do figerprints on unimportant situations just to make the victim feel better. Any ways I them bent over real nice with my legs spread.. i even held one cheek up for my next big bonin' Except this one came from the insurance company. They said that I didn't have extra aftermarket insurance (that i'd never hear of before that) . So the only thing they would cover is things that came out of factory spots... like say they took your door speakers that were mounted in the factory spot it would cover it, but not the amp nor subs... i fought and fought with them stating it was all connected to the vehicle, but noooooo they stil insisted on no lube or condom.. so i manned up and took it nice and rough... $2900 rough !!
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        • #5
          gotta love insurance companies. They are even bigger theives than the theives.... except for the banks.. but that is another story.
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          • #6
            damn sorry to hear that.
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            • #7
              Yeah, it definitely sucks, although the cop that came over to check it out said that it's possible that it could be covered by homeowners insurance cause it happened in the driveway. I'll have to look into that.

              I'm almost certain that it had to have been someone that lives in the neighborhood because the street I live on is not a busy street. People don't drive through it to get anywhere else unless they're going to their house. Plus I'm sure someone around here has had to have seen me doing some work in the car. I frequently help some of my friends when they want to install something in their car so I'm constantly out there working on something.

              Losing the amp and the crossover wasn't too bad cause I had gotten the amp for free from a friend that didn't need it anymore and the crossover was a cheap Radioshack unit that I got after it was discontinued. The subs though were a couple of Memphis M3 12's that I had bought and made a box for.

              I went and got a two way pager alarm system installed, I'm supposed to get the car back today. I was thinking of setting up some bait like some blown sub in the trunk again, leaving the trunk slightly open and putting up a couple of hidden cameras while I hide out in a van to see if they return. What do you guys think?
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              • #8
                Sounds a little too easy to me. If the thieves knew they had time to nicely remove all your equipment, I think that leaving a trunk slightly open with another sub would probably run a little suspicious. If they were dumb, maybe, but I don't know about these guys...
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                • #9
                  Since it is a slow street, I would go around to all the houses one by one. If they have kids (well teenagers+ type), tell the parents to look out for any new stereo equiptment they might have "found" or been "given". If they are in the twenties or something ask to see the garage or their car. Look at their face, if they reject to show you in good faith, I would be a little suspicious, and stake out their house. When they drive off, follow until they park and look around in the car, or if they have it installed, maybe you can hear it as they drive?! That sort of thing. I dont know how big your street is, but it does sound pretty convenient for it to be gone same day you were working on it on a non-busy street.
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                  • #10
                    There's actually one particular house that I'm suspicious of and I'm keeping an eye on them. Most of the people that live in my neighborhood are older people, not very many kids and the few kids that do live around here are at the most less than 15. It's a VERY quiet neighborhood so I'm surprised it even happened. Pretty much all the neighbors that live around me are pleasant and friendly and keep to themselves. They're not nosy or annoying or anything.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah, last year the doorbell rang at 4am. Not too out of the ordinary as my wife does a lot of babysitting and parents do drop off kids pretty early. But this time she says, "I'm not expecting anyone so you better check that out". It was the local Kern County sheriff at the door. He very calmly asked me to look at my car and see if there is anything missing "..like a laptop?" Well since my laptop is MOUNTED in my car, it only took a short moment with the flashlight to see that it was gone. "Ok" he said, "come with me..." He lead me to the street where two patrol cars were parked facing each other with their lights on. He pulls out a large backpack from a trunk and asks if it is mine. "No" I replied. So he starts emptying out the contents on the hood of the patrol car and I said, "Now all that stuff is mine!"

                      Here's how it went down:
                      At about 3am, someone on the block calls the cops because they are hearing a car alarm going off. They sent a sheriff that started tooling around the neighborhood. He saw three kids walking down the road that he KNEW were bad kids. Naturally, when they saw the sheriff, they ran [idiots]. One got away. One hid under a car. He had a concealed weapon on him so he's going away. The third kid had the backpack and chose to hide behind the same car. The sheriff found all this "stuff" in his backpack... INCLUDING MY VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE PAPERS!!!! "What's all this?" the officer asked the kid. So they just drove back to the address on the registration papers and found my car with the door still open! What idiots. They simply emptied out my entire glovebox!! The one day I forgot to lock my car was the one day these pot-heads decided to run down the block checking (in a relatively quiet neighborhood).

                      So I got all my stuff back (with a few hours less sleep). They send a forensics investigator that managed to pull shoe prints from the dirt around my driveway that matches their shoes and some awesome fingerprints! Totally busted. The amazing thing was that the sheriff actually KNEW all these kids (only one was a minor). You've got to be a pretty bad kid to actually be known by the sheriff in Kern County, CA!

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                      • #12
                        As far as the homeowners covering it.... ya right.. I went through that fiasco too. They say the car has to be in the garage. Then they said (to screw anyone that had their car in the garage) that if its in the garage the garage door has to be closed and the only thing they cover is regular items from the car (gloves,umbrellas, clothes, shoes, notebooks, coffee cups) Not stereo.. they made it sound like... duh thats car insurance... I said no it;s in the house its home insurance.. they said it doesn't cove car audio..... I said BS. then on to twenty more calls (even to a claims lawyer..cost me $30 for 25min).. still no streo compensation.. just a cold/icy, dry rubber hard on with no lube. (with no reach around)
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                        • #13
                          WTF? Would anyone actually go to their insurance for having their coffee cup stolen?

                          That's good that you were able to get your stuff back, perpet's. That's crazy that they took your registration and everything!
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