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(Global TV BC)   Excavator gets stolen. Police kinda give up looking for it for lack of leads. Owner asks 'associates'(buddies) about possible locations and directions. Hops in a plane and oh there it is   ( globaltvbc.com) divider line
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2013-01-09 12:24:44 PM  
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Yeah, the cops are super lazy. They didn't rent a plane and fly a search pattern over the whole of Canada to find this guys excavator. These things are never dumped in the woods and reported stolen to get the insurance money. Just lazy stupid cops who were arresting pot smokers instead. The population is 104k, so they definitely have the resources to investigate this kinda shiat. And being near an international border, they'd have the ability to fly into a different jurisdiction to look for it too.

/Generally hates cops, but what the hell do you want them to do?
2013-01-09 10:30:50 AM  
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To be fair, he used an airplane to spot it from the air...

I highly doubt the police would have the budget to dispatch a helicopter/plane to look for a stolen excavator
2013-01-09 10:20:45 AM  
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the mounties always get their man.

nothing about excavators, though.
2013-01-09 10:09:38 AM  
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Back in the late 80's I worked for a hydraulics company that built attachments for these. The buckets and thumbs and cylinders and such. Most of the used machines we worked on were "grey market" machines, purchased used (or often stolen) from across the border and brought into the country to have the work done. It was a standing joke that these machines often had no title and no traceable ownership. We'd repaint them and put on new cabs and cab risers and such, and these machines would then be shipped back across the border with new serial plates and foreign model numbers and resold overseas or just disappear into the forest to be beat on until they wore out and then abandoned. My boss made a lot of money on these machines.

Never, ever buy a used excavator, especially one with foreign model numbers. I would say there is about a 95% chance that the hours meters have been replaced at least once, and the thing has been repainted and the serial numbers changed. The machine comes in for work with 6000-10,000 hours on it, and goes back out with 500 hours or less and it's nice and pretty. But it's still beat to hell, and it could very well be stolen.
2013-01-09 09:53:59 AM  
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Never makes sense to steal something like that and keep it locally. Steal and ship overseas, sure. But keeping it in town/state/country? Even if you have a good diesel mechanic, EVENTUALLY you're going to need a major part or outside service and they will check the serial number.
2013-01-09 09:48:25 AM  
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Looks like the owner of the excavator... *sunglasses on* did some digging of his own.
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