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(Click Orlando)   We've secretly replaced this naval serviceman's daughter's Nissan Altima with a stolen Nissan Altima. Let's see if anyone notices   (clickorlando.com) divider line 40
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2012-09-15 08:30:50 AM  
Huh, now that's a way to buy some time for the chop shop to just disappear the car.
 
2012-09-15 08:33:18 AM  
Uh, didn't he check the license plate?
 
2012-09-15 08:34:53 AM  
I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?
 
2012-09-15 08:36:29 AM  
I've seen this on an episode of Punk`d before I think...
 
2012-09-15 08:38:26 AM  

Spade: I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?


I am totally confused too. It's not like when you switch a stolen car with another it is going to take long for the owner to realize what has happened. On top of that you are now tied to two stolen cars if caught.
 
2012-09-15 08:41:22 AM  
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2012-09-15 08:51:45 AM  

UGOTPZD: Spade: I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?

I am totally confused too. It's not like when you switch a stolen car with another it is going to take long for the owner to realize what has happened. On top of that you are now tied to two stolen cars if caught.


Maybe the thieves weren't aware that license plates can detach from cars?
 
2012-09-15 08:55:20 AM  

UGOTPZD: I am totally confused too. It's not like when you switch a stolen car with another it is going to take long for the owner to realize what has happened.


If a stolen car isn't found right away, it usually isn't at all. I'm assuming the goal was to buy time for that to happen. The cops would be busy looking for the swapped car, and the people who have the swapped car probably wouldn't notice right away, maybe not even until the next day (particularly if you're also messing with the plates.) You can do a lot of vanishing if you can buy a few hours where nobody's looking for you.
 
2012-09-15 08:56:43 AM  

Spade: I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?


Well...the original stolen was probably hot and dangerous to drive around in. The newly stolen one wasn't reported for months.
 
2012-09-15 09:05:02 AM  

Spade: I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?



The first car they stole ran like a piece of shiat and they wanted something in better running condition. Who hasn't been in that position before?
 
2012-09-15 09:05:16 AM  
What's the over/under on understanding the headline reference?
Link

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2012-09-15 09:12:15 AM  

limeybrit9


Maybe the thieves weren't aware that license plates can detach from cars?


Those things are applied at the factory, just like True-Coattm


Darn tootin'.
 
2012-09-15 09:24:51 AM  

X-Geek: What's the over/under on understanding the headline reference?
Link

/Over


Ancient Chinese secret.
 
2012-09-15 09:30:28 AM  

nicoffeine: X-Geek: What's the over/under on understanding the headline reference?
Link

/Over

Ancient Chinese secret.


You're some hot-shot!
 
2012-09-15 09:34:53 AM  
Another reason to lock your car doors when you leave it in the
driveway? I strongly doubt the thieves were able to reprogram
remote keyless fobs and magically replace keys.

That said, the guy having trouble starting the car was "the friggin'
key doesn't turn!" I'd have personally got out of the car, and tried
it in a door or the trunk. Call the cops then, not have it freakin'
towed to the dealership....

Maybe that's just me, though....
 
2012-09-15 09:43:45 AM  
That's actually pretty clever if you're going to drive the swapped car. If you get pulled and the cops run the VIN it won't come back as stolen.
 
2012-09-15 09:51:10 AM  
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2012-09-15 09:52:57 AM  
I'm guessing the thieves know the car wouldn't be driven for a while. They must have known she was away on service. So they are either local or knew the family at least vaguely.
 
2012-09-15 09:53:07 AM  
The daughter is in the Navy, not the father.
 
2012-09-15 09:57:32 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Spade: I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?

Well...the original stolen was probably hot and dangerous to drive around in. The newly stolen one wasn't reported for months.


That was my second thought, my first one was that the whole story was bogus and that the guy is fabricating the whole story in the wake of getting busted at the dealership.

I could see the whole thing happening as he describes it, though. I have several vehicles that aren't driven...regularly. A buddy wanted to borrow one of them last year and I had to tell him that it hadn't been driven in a while. I told him that Bush was president when I drove it last. He gave me a bad time for letting it sit, un-driven for more than three years. Then I confessed that it was the other George Bush who was president at the time. He got it up and running, though.

My CSB: before our friend resurrected said vehicle, someone actually came to our house, loaded it on a flatbed and drove off with it. Our neighbors saw that happen, but thought we were having some work done on it. A few hours later, they brought it back and rolled it back into the driveway. We never did figure out who, or why. My first thought was that it was a dyslexic repo man. Months later, I heard Click and Clack talking about how major parts for that model, like transmissions, etc., are very hard to come by and often get stolen. As soon as I heard that, I ran out and checked to see if it still had an engine and a transmission. It did.

/Taking it for a drive today.
 
2012-09-15 10:02:50 AM  

Spade: I don't get it.

You've stolen a car. So your plan to hide this is to steal another car?


Nobody's driving her car so it's likely that nobody will notice that it's stolen. Thus you get a stolen car that isn't reported as hot. The cops aren't too likely to find the one sitting there as they normally don't go around checking parked cars to see if they are stolen.

MooseUpNorth: UGOTPZD: I am totally confused too. It's not like when you switch a stolen car with another it is going to take long for the owner to realize what has happened.

If a stolen car isn't found right away, it usually isn't at all. I'm assuming the goal was to buy time for that to happen. The cops would be busy looking for the swapped car, and the people who have the swapped car probably wouldn't notice right away, maybe not even until the next day (particularly if you're also messing with the plates.) You can do a lot of vanishing if you can buy a few hours where nobody's looking for you.


She was deployed--this could have gone on a lot longer than a day.
 
2012-09-15 10:14:01 AM  

Rufus Lee King: X-Geek: nicoffeine: X-Geek: What's the over/under on understanding the headline reference?
Link

/Over

Ancient Chinese secret.

You're some hot-shot!

Who did what, now?

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


you guy so old. no come back now.
 
2012-09-15 10:25:09 AM  

MooseUpNorth: UGOTPZD: I am totally confused too. It's not like when you switch a stolen car with another it is going to take long for the owner to realize what has happened.

If a stolen car isn't found right away, it usually isn't at all. I'm assuming the goal was to buy time for that to happen. The cops would be busy looking for the swapped car, and the people who have the swapped car probably wouldn't notice right away, maybe not even until the next day (particularly if you're also messing with the plates.) You can do a lot of vanishing if you can buy a few hours where nobody's looking for you.


The cops would be buys doing anything but looking for a stolen car. If they pull someone over, and it pops up as stolen, bonus. If they find a car abandoned on the side of the road, they can check if it is stolen. Unless you are a victim of a carjacking, cops really don't care about actively looking for stolen property.

My FIL had his van stolen. Cops took report, said they'd call if they found it. It was found about a month later, same plates still on it, about 500 miles away in Texas. Some meth-heads where living in it. At no point were the cops actively looking for it.
 
2012-09-15 10:36:34 AM  

wingnut396: At no point were the cops actively looking for it.


Should have told the cops they took it to deliver pot with it, that would have got them off their asses.
/sadly
 
2012-09-15 10:52:56 AM  
I used to build houses in Palm Coast when it was a wrteched backwater (late 70s). Nice to see that it's becoming more "mainstream" although it may still be a wretched backwater.
 
2012-09-15 10:58:58 AM  
That was a really specific (and on a personal note, rather brilliant) plan accomplished. That kind of knowledge (that the owner was overseas on duty) really brings down the suspect list, unless of course her deployment was plastered all over the paper or one of the parents are particularly chatty.
 
2012-09-15 11:03:00 AM  

Rufus Lee King: A Nissan?

Black people problems.


I'm pretty sure now that Pontiacs are gone the car of choice is Chrysler.
 
2012-09-15 11:15:13 AM  

Another Government Employee: Uh, didn't he check the license plate?


Do you remember what your license plate number is?
 
2012-09-15 11:23:09 AM  

Loren: She was deployed--this could have gone on a lot longer than a day.


I realize. But there's no reason this wouldn't work for any car that isn't a daily commuter. And even with a daily commuter, if you switch the plates, the victim sees what he/she expects to see. You'll get at least an hour or two of confusion while the victim thinks 'broken lock' rather than 'stolen car'.

wingnut396: At no point were the cops actively looking for it.


Yup. And this would be plenty to fool a random stop for the hours needed to vanish the car.
 
2012-09-15 11:29:34 AM  

wingnut396: My FIL had his van stolen. Cops took report, said they'd call if they found it. It was found about a month later, same plates still on it, about 500 miles away in Texas. Some meth-heads where living in it. At no point were the cops actively looking for it.


I was told that sometimes bored cops sitting in traffic or at lights will randomly check out cars sitting around them, but that's the most active they will get.
 
2012-09-15 12:00:57 PM  
Why didn't they swap plates and leave a working key (hidden) in the car they left behind?

/ 2009 onward Nissans (and Infinitis) have bluetooth keys and push button start ... if you're not in the habit of locking the car, you could drive around for weeks not realising it's using a key in the glove box and not the one in your pocket
 
2012-09-15 12:06:45 PM  

Rufus Lee King: A Nissan?

Black people problems.


My Nissan ..... :-b

lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-09-15 12:16:07 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Another Government Employee: Uh, didn't he check the license plate?

Do you remember what your license plate number is?


I always check my license plate number before making a trip so I can be sure that the vehicle I am driving is mine. How else would you know?
 
2012-09-15 12:26:17 PM  

ParaHandy: Rufus Lee King: A Nissan?

Black people problems.

My Nissan ..... :-b

[lh5.googleusercontent.com image 850x637]


looks bored sitting there in a neighborhood, you should take it out to play at a local track
 
2012-09-15 01:18:14 PM  

BobDeluxe: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Another Government Employee: Uh, didn't he check the license plate?

Do you remember what your license plate number is?

I always check my license plate number before making a trip so I can be sure that the vehicle I am driving is mine. How else would you know?


Several times, I've accidentally gotten into the wrong car. In all cases, it was a similar model and color, parked in the same area as my car, and unlocked. The fact that they were unlocked didn't tip me off that they weren't mine, but the near-total lack of crap in the cars certainly did.

/Heading out to clean one of them up....
 
2012-09-15 01:47:18 PM  

Raithun: The daughter is in the Navy, not the father.


I'm surprised it took that long.
 
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2012-09-15 01:53:54 PM  

ParaHandy: Rufus Lee King: A Nissan?

Black people problems.

My Nissan ..... :-b

[lh5.googleusercontent.com image 850x637]


That's a dot, son.
 
2012-09-15 03:28:37 PM  

rmdpgh: Another reason to lock your car doors when you leave it in the
driveway? I strongly doubt the thieves were able to reprogram
remote keyless fobs and magically replace keys.

That said, the guy having trouble starting the car was "the friggin'
key doesn't turn!" I'd have personally got out of the car, and tried
it in a door or the trunk. Call the cops then, not have it freakin'
towed to the dealership....

Maybe that's just me, though....


Depending on the year of the car, he could have used a key from the same model of car (like the one he stole). The straight dope Link
 
2012-09-15 04:11:01 PM  

ajgeek: That was a really specific (and on a personal note, rather brilliant) plan accomplished. That kind of knowledge (that the owner was overseas on duty) really brings down the suspect list, unless of course her deployment was plastered all over the paper or one of the parents are particularly chatty.


It's actually been a big thing for at least ten years for professionals to spend time scoping out people gone for long periods, just so you can use their places as dead drops, crack houses, temporary shelter, and as seen here, stashes. These stories come up from time to time in local news when someone goes to the media about it.
 
2012-09-15 04:13:47 PM  

BobDeluxe: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Another Government Employee: Uh, didn't he check the license plate?

Do you remember what your license plate number is?

I always check my license plate number before making a trip so I can be sure that the vehicle I am driving is mine. How else would you know?


This is sarcasm, right? If not, then nothing I say will illuminate you.
 
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