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Old 04-07-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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In public places, it would probably be wise to keep most of your car doors locked, even if you are near your vehicle.

My daughter was recently traveling on an interstate to visit her son & grandsons. She pulled off for a fuel stop. While she was putting fuel in her car, a man in the next bay, opened her passenger side door & took her purse & quickly drove off. She most likely was facing the pump, with her back to the car while this happened.

Fortunately, a young couple in another car saw what happened & told her. She had previously noticed the man when he got out of his car, so she could describe him, his clothes & car color. So could the young couple.

She called her son (my grandson) who is a DPS officer, maybe 50 miles away. He took it from there & notified the local police & other DPS units.

It turns out the thief took only the money out of the purse & tossed it on the side of the road, leaving credit cards, ETC in her purse. The local police found the purse within a few minutes.

The DPS troopers recognized the car description & stopped it about 30 miles up the road. The man & clothes color also met the description. After checking, it turned out there were several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

He was brought back, identified, ETC.

Nothing was lost but a little time, & maybe gained a lesson on staying prepared.

Just thought we should pass this along. Who would think your car would get robbed while you were servicing it. Probably we should keep 3 if not 4 doors locked if not in the process of entering or exiting our cars.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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I always make sure the motorhome is locked or someone is sitting in it when I fuel up I am pretty far from the door and would not see someone go inside. the fuel cap has a key that I keep attached to the Ignition key
so if I have to go inside to pay no one can leave without me or can join up without me knowing they hopped in .
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:41 PM   #3
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There was a scam going on a few years back that went something like >
MH with a mature couple pulls into a rest area (or some area with a lot of parking) Unknown dude runs over to them and says, "There is a guy here that has won the lottery and he is passing out (five, ten, twenty, hundred) dollar bills. Hurry up and come on over".
Couple head out to collect the give-away loot and the dude circles back and helps himself to whatever he can collect in the MH that was left unlocked.

We were approached by this scheme once in Tennessee, but I kept driving and right on out the exit. I was born at night, but it wasn't LAST night!
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Just the other afternoon a DP kept stalling. Couple was in back trying to fix problem when 2 guys came along 1 jumped in and started the RV and started driving away got about 2 blocks stalled out again. Husband caught up to RV and was able to get plate # of car. The 2 are in jail and this is not the first time they tried this.
When a lot of the RVs come down the Mountain on 243 from Idyllwild, CA. [The last part of this road is the Banning Grade-7 mile 6-7% grade.] At least 10-15% of RVs stop at the bottom across from the high school for all different reasons biggest one to hook up toads and this is where they tried to steal the DP.
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