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Old 12-02-2010, 09:18 AM   #71
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Great to hear one was found! Gives us some hope.

Turns out a neighbor saw ours get taken, but they did not know it wasn't us. Suspect was described as caucasian, balding, with a beard. Driving a black or blue four door diesel late model pickup (2000-2005) that was "hopped up" aka loud, probably with performance parts.

I am including a copy of our flyer, I am a bit hesitant to include the phone number but am including it anyway...
I am sending my prayers to you that you will find her! I just don't get it why people would do this to someone and HOW? Do they cut off the padlock on the hitch? I just don't get it. Someone needs to invent an antitheft device for our precious trailers. This is so sad!
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:43 AM   #72
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I know how you must feel. It iis a terrible thing to lose your airstream! I am not a very materialistic person but this killed me. I put mine on facebook and told everybody who would listen, Thats how I got her back. Someone remembered my WB# started with 27 and told me about an AS they saw. Sure enough that was mine! I wiill look for 9890 Also sounds like it isnt heading to Mexico with that theif! Mine was also white. Had a tow truck. My joy is def tempered by so many others loses! Also the DA probably will not press charges! The guy who had my AS wasnt the one who actually stole it. There is not enough to find the actuial theif. But I will keep looking for him and any info I get ill turn over to the cops etc. Maybe he has taken other ones? My feeling is he just took advantage of an oppurtunity,as he didnt get rid of it. Or know what tioi do with it after he stole it.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #73
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Congratulations on finding your Overlander. Thieves would normally be put off getting wheels for it. Full coverage insurance is only $100 a year here in kansas but still you had your stuff inside.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:01 PM   #74
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I don't get it. They aren't pressing charges. This guy just happened to have your stolen trailer? He can't remember who he got it from?
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:23 PM   #75
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Catching the thieves

Sounds like these thieves in Texas are pretty gutty, "coming back to clean up the scape the next night," Wow!

I think if it were me I would set them up by putting something on my lot they would want with a GPS unit hidden in it, then sit and wait. You'd think the local sheriff or police would help you out with catching these guys, apparently they just don't care or they know more than they're willing to divulge.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:44 PM   #76
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Here's my theory - thieves will steal everything except for horses. Two men kicked in a locked gate and back door in the middle of the day and stole everything out of my house. Even used my bags to move it! Thieves are brazen and if they act like they belong, most people won't notice. Conceal as much as possible, lock everything as best you can and get good insurance. That's the best I can do to protect myself. The axle is off on my trailer right now but when it goes back up, I will purchase the best anti-theft locks I can find. And maintain good insurance!
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:17 PM   #77
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I don't get it. They aren't pressing charges. This guy just happened to have your stolen trailer? He can't remember who he got it from?
I'll bet his memory would improve if he was charged with possession of stolen property.
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:50 PM   #78
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You really have to be familiar with the area and "culture" of the area around El Paso and the Tanks area. It is so far alien to what most of us consider....what?....civilized?...modern?....the U.S.?....
A location 10 miles away is a next door neighbor......not a real communal one either. Law as you know it is not the same. Be careful out there and remember those great neighborly and friendly attitudes found around Austin do not apply out there....all the way to Starr County either.
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:13 AM   #79
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You really have to be familiar with the area and "culture" of the area around El Paso and the Tanks area. It is so far alien to what most of us consider....what?....civilized?...modern?....the U.S.?....
A location 10 miles away is a next door neighbor......not a real communal one either. Law as you know it is not the same. Be careful out there and remember those great neighborly and friendly attitudes found around Austin do not apply out there....all the way to Starr County either.
It certainly is an alien landscape! That is part of the appeal of the place.

We went around asking neighbors this past weekend if they had seen anybody, and I really wish we had met them beforehand. We were always put off by the remoteness and how all the 'houses' out there had fences and dogs and all looked intimidating, but everyone we met was actually exceedingly nice and very sympathetic to our loss. They all had the feeling that "we are in this together out here and we need to watch each other's backs." It was very inspiring, and i very much regret that we did not establish relationships with them earlier. We could have let them know we were going to be out of town and to watch our property for anything suspicious. They guy that saw our trailer get taken didn't even know it was getting stolen until we told him this past saturday!

Thanks for everyone support and condolences, it really helps to have a place to rant and share thoughts.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:25 AM   #80
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They steal horses here in Houston and yes Airstreams as well. Mine disappeared over the 3 day Labor day weekend, Sunday night so they had a full day and night before I even came to work and noticed it missing and the gate open with the cut chain hanging down.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:52 AM   #81
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The neighbors at Hueco Tanks are freindly but I am convinced one of them is the theif. Given the remoteness of the place, you would have to live there to be going back in there.

At this point, I'm pretty depressed about losing my truck, car and trailer and are sure they've been cut up and sold for scrap (because they came back and cleaned the lot of any loose metal).

It's really too bad because it is a beautiful area to have a small cabin or trailer to use to "get away for a awhile".
One tip for Blimp:
I read on Craigslist that two men that lived on the "4500 block of Snowqualmie Rd." were just arrested trying to sell a stolen quad to an undercover officer. I plan on riding out there and looking for some of the non metal items that were inside my truck. Maybe this is the same people or gang of thieves.

Snowqualmie (yea, like in the TV show "Twin Peaks") is on the right off Montana as you drive from El Paso to Hueco Tanks. I'll look for your trailer too.
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After reading all this, I realize how truly blessed we are. We have lived on a dirt road in a rural area for over 20 years and nothing has ever been stolen. Thankfully we have good neighbors.

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Old 12-04-2010, 06:27 AM   #83
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fiat128, i agree, this is likely an 'inside job' from the valley. while some neighbors are great, others are not. If it is not directly someone in the valley that took it, i think someone in the valley tipped off the thieving b*stards that my trailer was vacant for a bit. Good luck with your search and please report back.
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I know this is an old thread but I just saw this Craigslist ad and someone selling an Airstream cheap with one busted window and no title just raises my suspicion alot.

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