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(IOL.co.za)   Thieves use snowfall as cover to steal 43 car stereos in a single night -- without considering that police can easily follow footprints in the snow   ( iol.co.za) divider line
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2005-02-01 09:47:56 AM  
"Yes, people still steal car stereos."
2005-02-01 11:41:36 AM  
I used to track down my dog this way when she ran away.
2005-02-01 11:41:59 AM  
Rookie mistake...
2005-02-01 11:42:25 AM  
And yes there are still car stereos receivers that sell for $1200-2000. Usually the DVD-touch screen variety.
2005-02-01 11:43:42 AM  
It would have been funnier if they wrote, "Owned" in the snow with their pee.

I don't have a head unit in my Jeep. People can't figure out how I listen to music though.
2005-02-01 11:45:55 AM  
They're in a panic! They're frantic! And they're *insert rapid head-shaking noise here* MANIC!
2005-02-01 11:46:30 AM  
So linking to a story that was copied from Ananova is ok, just not linking directly to the Ananova story?
2005-02-01 11:46:54 AM  
Police officers described their flat, in Attnang, Upper Austria, as an "Aladdin's cave" of stolen goods.

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"Get away from the Master's car radios!"

/hassan chop!
2005-02-01 11:47:49 AM  
Oh wait, that was Ali Baba's cave.

Crap in a hat.

Never mind.
2005-02-01 11:52:10 AM  
They should have used cross-country skis. They wouldn't have left footprints.
2005-02-01 11:53:56 AM  
That report came from ananova...
I don't understand.
2005-02-01 11:57:42 AM  
"Dannnnnnyyyyyyy ... I want my stereo baaaack ... Danny boy ... I want my Blaupunkt ..."

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2005-02-01 11:58:33 AM  
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"You've got the shinin' boys! Oh wait, maybe not."
2005-02-01 12:00:19 PM  
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2005-02-01 12:00:25 PM  
This is kinda like the idiots who try to outrun the cops with those sneakers that have the light up heels. I'm so glad there are so many stupid people.
2005-02-01 12:01:54 PM  
I'm pretty sure that this arrest will invalidate their pending MENSA membership offer.
2005-02-01 12:03:58 PM  
Somewhere, in some alternate universe, a Player said to the GM,

Player: "Me and rex wanna steal car stereos!"
GM: "But it's snowing."

Player: "Great, that'll provide additional cover!"

GM: "Uh... roll your intelligence."
(Rolls a 3)

GM: Oops. um... Roll your Wisdom."
Rolls another 3.

GM: "OK, you get busted."
2005-02-01 12:06:53 PM  

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2005-02-01 12:11:43 PM  
You'd think that even dim thieves know
The consequences of the snow
But no their tangled web unweaves
The not too bright are often thieves
2005-02-01 12:13:42 PM  
I blame bush. By making it snow, he infringed on the personal freedoms of these entrepreneurs to make a living!
2005-02-01 12:14:27 PM  
Florida ADAs could not be reached for comment, having been stripped robbed beaten and maced by random pimps and hoochie mamas.
2005-02-01 12:15:26 PM  
They should have put their shoes on backwards.
2005-02-01 12:17:19 PM  
Only in America.

/nah nah
2005-02-01 12:20:04 PM  
Should have...
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2005-02-01 12:21:56 PM  
Back in 1994, my POS car was broken into. The punk tore out the entire dash trying to get to a $20 graphic equalizer. He left with it, the stereo, and about 10 audiocassettes. This meant about $400 in stuff and damages to me.

I reported it to the cops, who, of course, did nothing. I called around to the local pawn shops and found out those same 10 cassettes were brought in the day after the burglary. I went to said pawn shop and verified they were my tapes. The pawn shop had the guy's name and address because they gave him $5 for the tapes (score!).

I gave this information to the police. They, of course, did nothing. So my cousin and I paid a visit to the punk and put him in the hospital. An anonymous phonecall to the police led them to the punk's house, where much stolen merchandise was found. After the punk left the hospital, he was taken to jail. He never even knew my name.

Vigilante justice is sometimes necessary, but I would have rather kept my car and stuff intact.
2005-02-01 12:23:14 PM  
Couple of years ago, a two people broke into a bar in my hometown and stole two cases of beer and a bag of frozen battered mushrooms. Turns out there was a hole in the bag and the cops followed the trail of mushrooms across the street to the local trailer park and right up to the door of the offenders. Found the bag of battered mushrooms inside the trailer, along with the beer.

/Wish I was kidding
2005-02-01 12:26:23 PM  
I have to admit to making the same sort of mistake my freshman year at college, but I can defend myself by the surrounding circumstances. One of my buddies had a couple of girls coming up from Boston to visit us for the night so we decided to throw a party in my room. My one friend with a fake ID went out to go get the beers and when he got back I went to help him bring the beers in. He had parked behind my dorm so all we had to do was run from the parking lot through the courtyard and throw them through his window which was on the first floor. Halfway through the run I looked up through the lobby window and saw the RD leaning against the wall just staring at us, two freshmen kids with one thirty rack in each of our hands.

I alerted my friend and we made a mad break for it, threw the beer through the window and started sprinting around the side of the building. As we turned the corner we found ourselves staring face to face with the RD, who made no comment toward the either of us so we simply walked away. The two of us thought that he had given up on trying to catch us when he saw us but what we had forgotten was that even though there were plenty of footprints in the snow from other kids doing the same exact thing it had snowed that very day leaving a nice layer of about 3 virgin inches on the top of the rest of the snow.

He followed the footsteps to our window, sent two of his cronies to confiscate the beer, and proceeded to watch my friend pour each and every beer down a sink in the bathroom. While this was going on, however, we had already made another phone call to make another beer run and had three more 30s delivered to the parking lot. This time we chose to be a bit more careful and go around the other side of the building to throw them in through the bathroom and we had accomplished our mission. Just in case you actually read this much of the story I'll have to disappoint you here by saying that the rest of the night did not turn out being very fun and our efforts were ultimately and unfortunately fruitless in the end.
2005-02-01 12:32:45 PM  
My Dixie Wrecked:

*golf clap*
2005-02-01 12:35:50 PM  
My friend's got caught vandalizing a house that way, back when they were teenagers.

I knew there was a reason I sat that one out.
2005-02-01 12:41:22 PM  
RockIsDead Austria actually, but this happens fairly often in the US too. Happened in my hometown during the blizzards of '95/'96
2005-02-01 12:42:54 PM  
RockIsDead: Only in America.


Police officers described their flat, in Attnang, Upper Austria, as an "Aladdin's cave" of stolen goods.

...or was that the point?
2005-02-01 12:45:10 PM  
I looked for a picture of Legolas walking on top of snow but no luck.
2005-02-01 12:54:02 PM  

Oh dear, what could possibly go wrong?

//off to class
2005-02-01 12:54:54 PM  
I had an RA (Same thing as your RD, I guess) alomst bust me for beer.

The thing that got me was that we were in a band for a little while and had hung out and drank the summer before. Anyway my friends pulled a bait and switch and when I handed over the grocery bag to him all that was in it was coca-cola. After some lame cover story along the lines of "ack! My friends in the other dorm must have my beer!!!" I split and double backed to the room.

Sure, we still had the beer in the end, but it just sucked getting nearly caught by a "friend."
2005-02-01 01:00:43 PM  
RAs busting students for beer.... bwahahahahah! This is why Canada is better.
2005-02-01 01:03:03 PM  
RIT has both RAs and RDs.

RA = guy who lives on your floor and keeps the peace.
RD = RA's boss who actually metes out the punishment.

Our RA drank with us and helped us steal cable. The RD eventually decided to fire him, so he bought strippers for the floor on his last day.

He ran for Student Government President the next year and won in a landslide.
2005-02-01 01:20:47 PM  

Cut 'n paste because it's unlinkable but funny to me.
2005-02-01 01:27:36 PM  
One night some of my family members decided that they were going to go do some vandalizing. (Break school bus windows, egg houses, toilet paper, tip soda machines...that sort of thing).

They woke me up and asked me to come along. I said no way, mainly because i was tired as hell. So they went off in our small little town and broke bus windows at the school with a fire extinguisher, tipped the soda machines at the local grocery store, then they egged the windows of the bank (which was ACROSS THE STREET from our house, mind you).

Before they wrapped it up, they decided to egg and throw oranges at the ATM machine, but not before getting right in front of it and flipping it off. Dumbasses, they learned a hard lesson about video cameras that day. Needless to say they were busted and got probation and community service (all were underage). Glad I didnt go along.
2005-02-01 01:29:37 PM  
Los Locos, will you ever learn? "Department of Car Stereo Repair" indeed.
2005-02-01 01:36:07 PM  
Someone stole my stereo?????
2005-02-01 02:31:56 PM  

Thank you, thank you.


Those stories I find to be the funniest sometimes. I was out front one weekend smoking a cigarette with a couple of friends one time and a police officer walked up to us(they are allowed to patrol campus on certain weekends.) Anyway, he approached my friend and said, "Can I see some ID?" My friend replied, "For what, officer?" The cop then stated, "For that drink in your pocket." My friend whipped out an unopened Cool Nestea out of his pocket and asked, "Oh, do I need to be 21 to drink Iced Tea?" The cop then bid us a goodnight, hung his head in shame, and walked away. Not much point to this story either and I can't believe I'm writing so much right now so yeah, have a nice day.
2005-02-01 02:32:04 PM  
Back when I was 18 a friend of mine got the idea to steal a stereo. Seems the dealer dude would give us an ounce for this certain Alpine system he knew of. My friend was/is a complete idiot and had cut the ligaments of his right hand when he fell during a drunken stupor. So the guy with one hand goes "Yeah, we can get it." Now, I had to see this. Sure, there was about a foot of snow on the ground, but that was beside the point. I take the guy to the neighborhood and he tells me to wait for him at a certain place. He takes a coat hanger, screwdriver and a pair of pliars with him. Like 3 minutes later he is back going "GO! GO! GO!". This guy jimmied the door of a Chevette, crawled in one side, took out the entire system and crawled out the other side in less than 2 minutes. WITH ONE HAND. I could not believe it.

I ended up smoking most of that bag myself. A couple weeks later he got the idea in his head one night whilst we were tripping on some double doplhin blotter that he needed to payed again for that system. He stole it back off the dealer just after I had left to go home. I had to go back in order to prove it was not me and to save face. The friend was being brutally beaten when I arrived. Dealer dude beat him for nearly an hour before the guy confessed to where he had hid that stereo. When he got in the truck his head was as big as a beachball. I have never seen anyone so beat up and still conscious. Blamed it all on me for not covering for him. I didn't steal it and I wasn't going to get the ass whuppin he earned.

Fast forward 3 years. I am driving by another guy's house and it appeared he was outside. So I stopped. It was the original guy. He was still mad, and his hand was STILL in a cast. It seems that asswuppin pretty much ended his use of that hand forever. He tried to attack me. I ran him over with my car. Haven't seen him since, but I suspect that he may still want to kill me.
2005-02-01 02:49:52 PM  
So the lights are flashing my mind is spinning
I feel like it is always the beginning
Of another rhyme I'm rapping M.C.'ing I rock
You ain't nothing but a car thief who must be stopped
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