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(Chicago Trib)   Wanna see a picture of eight stolen schoolbuses shredded into mountain of scrap metal by an unscrupulous junkyard metal dealer? Of course you do   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 7
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2013-03-10 08:26:47 PM  
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Deathfrogg: balloot: Here's what I don't get - where is the profit in stealing a bunch of school buses and shredding them?  If you're going to go through the considerable effort/planning needed to steal 8 school buses, don't you need to have some plan more interesting than shredding them for scrap metal?

There's actually pretty good money in shredded steel.
We know: The guy had stolen, blank vehicle title certificates and had shredded the busses knowing they were stolen
Assume: The excavator is stolen which is very hard to prove, especially for the older ones. The shredder is stolen. This guy is probably in the business of finding dead vehicles around the city and swiping them for scrap, hence the need for the stolen certs. Nobody is going to care about stripped out cars vanishing from the side streets, right? I'll betcha this dude has been doing this exact scam for decades with people's cars and such.


There was a scrap yard owner who did this in cincy about 20 years back. Him and a couple of good ol boys would drive the highways at night in tow trucks looking for vehicles left on the side of the road. Take them back to the yard and shred em. Took several years and a bait car operation to bring em down.
2013-03-10 08:15:55 PM  
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sloshed_again: mjjt: Chicago has a Far Side?

Chicago is the Far Side.


No, the FAR South Side
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Can't get much farther south than Antarctica.
2013-03-10 07:35:22 PM  
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balloot: Here's what I don't get - where is the profit in stealing a bunch of school buses and shredding them?  If you're going to go through the considerable effort/planning needed to steal 8 school buses, don't you need to have some plan more interesting than shredding them for scrap metal?


You can get some quick cash that is pretty nice. The best way is to part them out but it's riskier and more time consuming.
2013-03-10 07:34:22 PM  
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balloot: Here's what I don't get - where is the profit in stealing a bunch of school buses and shredding them?  If you're going to go through the considerable effort/planning needed to steal 8 school buses, don't you need to have some plan more interesting than shredding them for scrap metal?


There's actually pretty good money in shredded steel.
We know: The guy had stolen, blank vehicle title certificates and had shredded the busses knowing they were stolen
Assume: The excavator is stolen which is very hard to prove, especially for the older ones. The shredder is stolen. This guy is probably in the business of finding dead vehicles around the city and swiping them for scrap, hence the need for the stolen certs. Nobody is going to care about stripped out cars vanishing from the side streets, right? I'll betcha this dude has been doing this exact scam for decades with people's cars and such.
2013-03-10 07:23:06 PM  
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balloot: Here's what I don't get - where is the profit in stealing a bunch of school buses and shredding them?  If you're going to go through the considerable effort/planning needed to steal 8 school buses, don't you need to have some plan more interesting than shredding them for scrap metal?


Criminals like these aren't usually the sharpest bunch.
2013-03-10 07:17:45 PM  
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I wonder if the individuals in question have enough money to replace the buses. I doubt it, for a POS those things are expensive.
2013-03-10 07:07:35 PM  
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People just trying to earn a living, yo.

Besides, it's a victimless crime.

/But let someone steal from them...
 
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