- Mar 10, 2002
Then yesterday my wife and I were on our way to a local hardware store to pickup some stuff for a sprinkler system. As we drove past the car wash that I frequent to wash my service van, which is right across the street from one of the supply houses that I buy parts and supplies from, my wife says (jokingly) "Hey that looks like your van!" I thought so too...but what are the chances of finding my own stolen van? I whipped a u-turn and drove into the carwash and I'll be damned if it wasn't my van!!!
I intended to stop and call 911 on my cell phone when all of a sudden a police car drives right in front of where I had stopped! I stomped on the gas, smoked the tires on my Durango (gotta love that 360 cid V-8) and caught up with the officer. I'm screamin' like a heathen with my hair on fire about my stolen van and he looks at me like I'm insane!
We both pull into the car wash and he tells me and my wife to stay in our car while he checks things out. I'm setting there shaking like a leaf and wanting to get out of the car and kick this thieving SOB's ass!! Next thing I know the local police department helicopter is flying low, and I mean low over the carwash! A women who was washing her car said the guy in the van ran off and officer was chasing him!
My wife really doesn't want me to get out of the car but its time to get a look. As I walk around the corner I see the officer walking the handcuffed dirtbag back to the carwash from a stand of trees about 100 yards away. More police cars are showing up, the helicopter is still in the area, and I'm standing there looking at my van. The police start asking if I'm sure that it is my van and I proceed to tell them every identifing scratch, dent, & ding, as well as shoing them my insurance card for the van that has the VIN number on it.BUSTED
The vinyl lettering had been removed, the ladder rack was gone, but the shelves were still in it. The factory radio had been replaced with a Pioneer CD player, new (stolen) tires all the way around, and the back of the van was full of stolen property! They also found a bunch of stolen checks and a phoney drivers license.
The guy had just recenly been released from prison, he had been serving time for Motor Vehicle Theft, and has 5 Warrants out for ...you guessed it...Motor Vehicle Theft.
Talk about a great day
Since my insurance company had already paid off the claim the van has taken to the impound lot and I'll have to buy the van from them but thats cool.
My van, at my favorite car wash, across the street from my favorite supply house, and a cop right where I needed him!
What are the odds?!?!?