Who would've thought thieves would steal these?

Who would've thought thieves would steal these?

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    Who would've thought thieves would steal these?

    So about 8pm Christmas evening, I get a text from my employer asking me to come to work a bit early. Strange, I thought, but I answered that I would.

    I wondered what could be so important that the boss was worried about something on the evening of Christmas...

    I showed up about an hour earlier than the rest of the guys. There were 4 of us that came in early. Apparently, over the holiday weekend someone had broken into the meter boxes of some neighboring businesses and stole their main breakers Now, I've heard of thieves stealing wire and tools, but never breakers.

    Turns out these were some Square D breakers that hadn't been manufactured for some time, I don't know how long it's been since they stopped manufacturing them. The theft happened Sunday night/Monday morning, and my boss had spent Christmas Eve and Christmas trying to locate some replacements so we could get the power back on for them on Wednesday.

    The thieves had made off with 7 breakers, but we were only able to scrounge 4 replacements. We had to get innovative and rig a temporary solution. After about 3 hrs, we got the power back on to the different businesses.

    These particular breakers are going from $2000 to $3000 on Ebay, apparently. They got away with 7 of them, which might net the thieves $14K for 10 minutes of work!

    This was just crazy. The thieves had to have some electrical experience because they were able to identify the breakers, and remove them safely.

    The businesses that got hit are going to have to have their entire electrical services replaced, because we cannot get the rare breakers. We could buy them used, but then they run the risk of getting hit again.

    I decided to post this situation because of another poster saying that some potential thieves cut the power to his house while casing it out. Most electrical services have cheap wire locks for the meter, for the utility company. But many homes and businesses have main breakers and branch circuit breakers in accessible panels outside the building. They need to be locked.

    Thieves are getting creative, lock everything that can be, and bolt down everything else.
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    There's no telling what people will steal anymore… Here in my town, we have someone going around turning peoples water off, and stealing the brass/bronze water meter.
    In another instance, a crew drove around at night and stole cast-iron manhole lids, I do not know how much scrap metal goes for, but neither of these items are easily disguised as scrap, not like copper wire pieces, or things that can be black-market sold.
    Stealing a manhole lid also leaves an incredibly dangerous situation in the highway. Can you imagine coming home late at night in your front tire fall into an open manhole?
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    Here in Florida empty houses in foreclosure are a prime target, easy for the bad guy to find if he/she can read, they are listed in the local newspapers on the real estate web sites and on the free flyer racks at most grocery stores.
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    They fished a guys body out of the Ohio River the other day. He was wrapped in chains. The Police were astounded that a guy had stolen more chains than he could swim with.

    Ok. Sarcasm and silly joke aside, what thieves won't steal is the optimum question these days. If they see a buck in taking it, then it's stolen.

    Our Church got hit by thieves stealing the insides of our A/C units. Nets them about $40 and cost us $8,000 of insurance money and some out of pocket to replace them. One of our memebers fabricated a steel mesh cage, planted it in 3 ft of concrete and left just enough room for some skinny dude to squeeze into for service when needed. Yet, I am surprised the thugs have not stolen those.

    I hate a thief. Had one in my home on Dec. 9th when we were putting on a play with the Church Kids. It's getting worse. Each time I read our "Police Blotter" I see more stories of burglary and other theft crimes.

    My bet is that a high percentage of it is related to drug abuse.
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    You answered your own question. They did if for $$$$$$$$$. Regardless, thieves will steal most anything including penny candy. One does not need much experience either putting in or taking out circuit breakers. What they seem to have experience at is know what brings a better price for what they steal.
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    A friend of mine owns a landscape company. He got all the truck, 8-10, batteries stolen. 2 days later then hit AGAIN. Police said thieves steal knowing you will replace something with new, then get that.

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    My house was built in 1957 and i have a square D breaker box. I have spare breakers dating from the sixties. Maybe I need to put them on ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoGunn View Post
    They fished a guys body out of the Ohio River the other day. He was wrapped in chains. The Police were astounded that a guy had stolen more chains than he could swim with.

    Ok. Sarcasm and silly joke aside, what thieves won't steal is the optimum question these days. If they see a buck in taking it, then it's stolen.

    Our Church got hit by thieves stealing the insides of our A/C units. Nets them about $40 and cost us $8,000 of insurance money and some out of pocket to replace them. One of our memebers fabricated a steel mesh cage, planted it in 3 ft of concrete and left just enough room for some skinny dude to squeeze into for service when needed. Yet, I am surprised the thugs have not stolen those.

    I hate a thief. Had one in my home on Dec. 9th when we were putting on a play with the Church Kids. It's getting worse. Each time I read our "Police Blotter" I see more stories of burglary and other theft crimes.

    My bet is that a high percentage of it is related to drug abuse.
    I was stunned by the OP sharing about their rare breakers being stolen. But now your comment about the driving force being drugs really caught my attention. You see, Colorado (as well as Washington) passed laws to legalize marijuana. I am not certain as to whether this enhanced ability to legally get marijuana will decrease crime or cause it to rise. If all of the "this illegal drugs stuff is just like prohibition" is actually true, then the myriad criminal enterprises will start to wither. If not, hooo boy! We are in for very interesting times.
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    Who has breakers on the outside of your house or biz?
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    Wow that is interesting, not long ago I needed a spare breaker out in the barn. After looking around in town and being told they were not made anymore I finally located a dealer that had what I needed, he removed it from an old breaker panel he had laying around. Would never have guessed there would be a black market for something so simple.
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    I work for a competing breaker manufacturer. The above is not uncommon. Manufacturers sell a conversion kit to replace these older boxes. Call square D if not call #3 in that market. I'm sure we can sell you the whole kit :)

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    Dat In't nuttin homey,When I was looking to buy a home down here I was checking out different listings with a realtor,they had a monthly bet going that whomever found the worst burglarized house won.The houses were empty and most had been foreclosed
    One house we went in was listed for $30,000,4 bdrm 2 bath attached single car garage,fenced yard built in like 2000,went inside and kitchen cabinets were gone,all the bathroom fixtures were gone,huge holes in the interior walls,in garage they cut the wires to the fuse box and stole the whole box.
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    A bit off but still on topic - but kind of apropos..... My General Contractor friends on the Left Coast have been being ripped off a lot lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    My house was built in 1957 and i have a square D breaker box. I have spare breakers dating from the sixties. Maybe I need to put them on ebay.
    Oh, you are just being a jerk to the Thiefs! You should feel guilty! How do you live with yourself? Don't you know you are supposed to socially redistribute that stuff to them now. Heck, you might be the 'criminal' for not not upgrading to something they can steal and get a worthwile redistribution of wealth from your investment on your house, and giving them what they need from you......................

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    Who would've thought thieves would steal these?

    A word to the wise, last summer we were broken into, by a man with a gun, he got in through the 1st floor back window. Stole tv, iPod and cash from wallet. This was in the summer months. Window was left partially open to allow air to circulate. All of you should get some wood Dowling and put it the the tracks of all your windows. BTW, he got greedy, tried to go out to the garage and tripped the alarm and got out before I could meet him with my 500 Marine magnum 12 gauge. I'm glad he was gone before I got downstairs. Sheriff to 22 minutes to respond.

    1. Stay armed
    2. Secure doors and windows
    3. Get a dog, an instant alarm of sorts

    We later got our stuff back, guy got caught and lead officers to his cache of stolen goods. They returned my stuff and advised he was armed.

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