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Memo to a Thief
Personal Email | Sep 2013 | Friend

Posted on 09/20/2013 9:55:12 AM PDT by Hulka

Last Thursday night someone stole the tail hook that was attached to USMC Lt. Col. XXXXXXX mailbox at XXXXXXXXX. As a Naval Aviator, it was one of his prized possessions. I wrote the following memo for inclusion in The XXXXXXXX but the publication deadline has passed for the next issue. Please “put your ear” to the ground and perhaps collectively we can identify this petty thief. Please contact me if you have any leads.

Memo To A Thief: To whomever took the tail hook that was attached to the mailbox at XXXXXXXXX… wow, you must really be some kind of a stud. Since you probably don’t even realize what it was that you stole, let me enlighten you. That’s the arresting hook from a Chance Vought F-8 Crusader (nick named “The Steel Dart”) because of the extreme speed at which it comes aboard the carrier. Try if you can to imagine yourself on an ink black night and low on fuel, with the stick and throttle of an F-8 in your hands, attempting to trap on a wildly pitching deck. Rest assured, you could never do it… but the man from whom you stole that treasure damn well could and did. He is my neighbor and friend. If you have any shred of honor you’ll sneak back and return it. If not, I hope your girlfriend realizes that she’s dating a pussy.


TOPICS: Humor; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: honor; tailhook; thief
I received this "memo" via email from a friend (he wrote the memo).

He wrote the memo and distributed it to all homes in the area, alerted scrap-yards but to no joy.

The tailhook remains lost but my friend, along with many others, found the exact same tailhook on eBay (no, not the stolen one). They bought it and repaired/replaced the mailbox, returning it to its original condition.

1 posted on 09/20/2013 9:55:12 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

If it’s something of such value, why put it on a mailbox?


2 posted on 09/20/2013 10:06:46 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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You can find most anything on ebay.
maybe they better weld it on better.


3 posted on 09/20/2013 10:12:29 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Old Sarge

Pride and sentiment


4 posted on 09/20/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

I have pride and sentiment in my military memorabilia, too.

I don’t put it outside on the street for the Gibsmedats to steal it.


5 posted on 09/20/2013 10:16:29 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Old Sarge

It was WELDED to the mailbox. The thief had to pry-apart the mailbox, destroy it, to get the tailhook. And it was in a semi-secured area (gated-community) on a lake (pricy area), as well. Tailhooks weigh a heck of a lot, those things are darned solid and it took some muscle to pick it up and carry it away. If you have seen one of those tailhooks you would understand it is not something a reasonable person would expect to stolen. It is thought the thief lives in the community.

Thievery, burglary, other such property crimes in that area (semi-rural) are unheard of.

Now, how about the comment about the thief, his actions and — lack thereof — honor and character. . .


6 posted on 09/20/2013 10:18:26 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

Probably sold as scrap for drugs............


7 posted on 09/20/2013 10:19:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Old Sarge; t1b8zs

So it is the victims fault. Understood.

As an aside, I’ll wager the memorabilia you speak of do not come close to the weight and heft of that tailhhook.


8 posted on 09/20/2013 10:20:34 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

If it was a semi secured gated community then my first idea as to where to look would be the Julio’s that do the landscaping work, they are always looking for extra income from scrap metal.


9 posted on 09/20/2013 10:22:26 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1

Good point. . . .


10 posted on 09/20/2013 10:23:41 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

That’s your opinion, and fortunately doesn’t mean crap.

I safeguard my effects better than this guy, apparently.


11 posted on 09/20/2013 10:25:52 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Hulka

So it is the victims fault. Understood.

Did I post that?


12 posted on 09/20/2013 10:33:33 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Old Sarge

Touchy and rude. . .wow. . .sensitive type.

And still not calling out the thief for his actions, in fact, you defend the thief by blaming the victim.

Have a nice day hunkered down in your gloomy dark world, surrounded by I-luv-me “memorabilia.”

Buh-bye.


13 posted on 09/20/2013 10:34:21 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: t1b8zs

No, I was posting to the guy defending the thief, as he posted to you. . .should have been more clear.


14 posted on 09/20/2013 10:35:35 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

If they had to do all that in a gated community didn’t any one hear that commotion?
If gated how’d the perp get in..may be a neighbor


15 posted on 09/20/2013 10:37:48 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Old Sarge
If it’s something of such value, why put it on a mailbox?

Ditto.

16 posted on 09/20/2013 10:43:31 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: t1b8zs
Late at night, neighbor out of state, large acre plots, lots of trees between homes. No “internal” security patrols, as no need, relatively crime free. Mostly older couples. Basically your quiet semi/retirement community with a few young couples.

The thinking is a neighbor. They have a few high school football players living with their parents in the community and those players have had “issues” outside the community.

17 posted on 09/20/2013 10:43:48 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: bgill

Post 6 explains how the item is a very heavy chunk of iron, welded in place and required the mailbox to be destroyed.

This item could not be casually picked up and carried away.

It would be easier to break-in a home and steal memorabilia from inside the home.


18 posted on 09/20/2013 10:49:13 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

I live in rural neighbor hood.
I cant put anything out front.
Last year I had to bales of hay to slow run off at some newly seeded areas.
Some one took them.

Last week I had a cone out to mark a hole in the drive.Gone


19 posted on 09/20/2013 11:05:03 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Hulka

“As a Naval Aviator, it was one of his prized possessions.”

Seems unwise to leave it out in the front yard, then.


20 posted on 09/20/2013 11:08:49 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: t1b8zs

Goodness. I say again, goodness.

The tailhook had been welded in place for the past 25-yrs and no problem. Til now.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 11:10:32 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Boogieman

Post 18 sand Post 6.

And the tailhook had been welded in place for 25-yrs and never before vandalized.

So, what do you think of what the thieves had done? The thieves themselves?


22 posted on 09/20/2013 11:12:27 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

Of course the thieves are scumbags, that goes without saying. However, we live in a world full of thieves, so it’s just not wise to leave things of value out in the open where they can see them and decide to try and take them. Just because people are pointing that out doesn’t mean anyone excuses the thieves.


23 posted on 09/20/2013 11:22:43 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Of course, but as my posts mentioned previously, it is not something that is in any way easy to remove and the odds of a theft was minuscule (unmolested for 25-yrs).

At some point common sense must intrude and ask, “Is it reasonable to assume this massively heavy chunk of iron, welded into place will likely be stolen?”

Answer, “Not bloody likely due to its weight and the fact it was welded in place as well as the fact it was unmolested for the past 25-yrs in a gated, safe rural community with no real history of crime.”

It would have been easier to break into a home and steal.


24 posted on 09/20/2013 11:40:32 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

“At some point common sense must intrude and ask, “Is it reasonable to assume this massively heavy chunk of iron, welded into place will likely be stolen?””

I think the mistake you make is thinking it has anything to do with “reasonable”. Thieves aren’t necessarily reasonable. So, if you don’t want to lose it, don’t leave it out where they can see it and start coveting it.


25 posted on 09/20/2013 11:58:10 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Hulka

Does the navy sell used or surplus tailhooks? How do these end up in civilian hands?


26 posted on 09/20/2013 11:58:17 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: t1b8zs

Fire a few airburst shells.
Guarantee the pilfering will slow.


27 posted on 09/20/2013 12:00:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Hulka
Not to be a putz or anything, but, in my experience, F-8's did not fly at night.
28 posted on 09/20/2013 12:11:10 PM PDT by a6intruder (downtown with big bombs, 24/7, rain or shine, day or night)
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To: a6intruder

No worries, but they did do night carrier ops.
http://mofak.com/night_carrier_quals_crusader.htm
http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/22102#.Uj2rA9co5KA (second reply)

Cheers


29 posted on 09/21/2013 7:20:23 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: posterchild

Many times items such as this are presented to a pilot when he retires or leaves a unit. The items are not new or serviceable, they usually have structural failures or have reached the end of their service-life. Many aircraft parts are replaced before failure. . . and rightly so, IMHO.

Some excess or end-of-life parts are sold to certified scrap bidders, museums and other such people or organizations. Some parts may be purchased by individuals. If interested, I suggest contacting AMARC (http://amarcexperience.com/Default.asp), as they are the “COSTCO” of used military aviation parts. AMARC in Tucson is known as “The Boneyard” to military pilots..


30 posted on 09/21/2013 7:30:09 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Boogieman

Better hide the Liberty Bell.

;-)


31 posted on 09/21/2013 7:30:41 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

They’ve got security guards watching that.


32 posted on 09/21/2013 8:46:22 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Gotcha.

Hide everything.


33 posted on 09/21/2013 11:37:28 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: t1b8zs

I live in the city and someone stole the welcome mat off my pourch


34 posted on 09/22/2013 5:49:01 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Yorlik803

When I lived in Lauderdale the Amish were going through our cars at night stealing stuff.
I put one of those glass vile things for “coke” in my glove box but put Comet in it.
A few days went by and it was gone one AM...Some AH sure got a snoot full..Too bad!!


35 posted on 09/22/2013 6:02:29 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Hulka

Thanks for the info.


36 posted on 09/23/2013 1:08:41 PM PDT by posterchild
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