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Bill Babler

Theft at Eagle Rock

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Good point to bring up for this time of year Bill. 

I've patrolled the lakes for years and took multiple reports of vehicles being broke into. In those calls, here's what I took from them...

 

Most of the reports come in the winter/early spring.  Reason being is that there are few, if any campers in the area, so the thieves know unless they hear a vehicle or boat coming, they are safe to bust the window, rummage thru your stuff, and leave within minutes.  

 

Most thieves know that we are outdoorsmen, and carry guns in our vehicles. Those of us that do, rarely remove it from our vehicles and into our boats while on the water.  Thousands of firearms are stolen from vehicles at ramps every year.  

 

Usually there are fewer people just out for a drive around the ramps at this time of year, so the thieves know they are less likely to be seen or heard.  

 

The preferred method usually is a rock thru the window.  Nothing I hate more than a thief. 

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Last year in early July they broke into my truck at the ramp for Emerald Beach people. Stole my clothes bag. Pain the butt to replace shoes, orthotics, clothes, clean up kit. But thank god they left my golf clubs!! But yea, pisses a guy off!!!! I wont leave anything of value in my truck anymore. And its not just Table Rock. I think its these "crack heads" stealing anything they can get their hands on to buy crack!! 

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My theory is that i always park right next to a very nice rig...that way my POS set up looks totally undesirable by comparison.  Its worked so far!  Once at stockton though i came down to the dock and someone had taken the crawlers outta my boat and left worm dirt everywhere.  That was annoying although i was only out a few bucks.

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4 hours ago, Smithvillesteve said:

Last year in early July they broke into my truck at the ramp for Emerald Beach people. Stole my clothes bag. Pain the butt to replace shoes, orthotics, clothes, clean up kit. But thank god they left my golf clubs!! But yea, pisses a guy off!!!! I wont leave anything of value in my truck anymore. And its not just Table Rock. I think its these "crack heads" stealing anything they can get their hands on to buy crack!! 

Steve,  What time of day did this happen,  we try to patrol those ramps periodically. You are right we all have our low-life around. Was it at the main ramp across from turkey mountain or the one in Viney Cr. ? Most of the time the low-life will be partying on the Viney Cr. one.

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Thieves are horrible but i had someone pull the cotter pin out of my hitch pin a couple months ago after parking at the ramp by Scotties marina on Taney.  I will always check from now on. The people taking money at Beaver Creek on Bull told me year before last that they were having people loosen the nuts on peoples balls <----that came out weird 

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