Stupid Criminal Tricks — the case of the antique truck

I’m calling this a Stupid Criminal Trick, but it’s equally about the perils of postponing projects. And it’s also a suggestion to writers on where to send your investigators — amateur or pro — in search of stolen property.

1953 ChevyA Kalispell, Montana man came home from work on Easter Sunday to discover that his late father’s 1953 Chevy pickup had been stolen from his front yard, where it was patiently awaiting a planned restoration. A neighbor had seen two men loading it onto a flatbed. The owner’s mother called local wrecking yards to alert them, thinking the thieves might try to sell the truck for scrap. When the thieves tried to sell it to a local recycling company, sheriff’s deputies were called and they were arrested. They claimed to have been given permission –  the owner suspects a former tenant who had a gripe against him was behind the deceit.

Law enforcement officers and other investigators routinely check with pawn shops, jewelers who buy old jewelry, coins, and other precious gems and metals — and with wrecking yards. Some departments use reservists and other volunteers to scan listings on Craigslist and print ads for stolen items. And don’t forget the advantages of a mother willing to get on the horn.

(Story from the Kalispell Daily InterLake.)