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Submitted by Worthmentioning in Shoplifting (edited )

Don't know if it's still a thing or not but a buddy of mine used to steal any of the expensive equipment sitting out front of home depots, lowes and other places like that. Him and his buddies would pull up in a truck with or without a small trailer, cut the tiedown cables with bolt cutters or if there was no tiedowns or chains they'd just load up and go. Anything. Snowblowers, lawn mowers, they have all sorts of things out front of those stores. It's very brazen of course but he got away with it for years.

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Worthmentioning wrote

Cause it's very brazen. They had very strong motives. But that's another story. That's what it must take.
Good insight here, lol, thanks. It's possible yet definitely not under the radar. Gotta have them steely balls, yo! Haha Have them and damn near anything's possible. Also, they did it in broad daylight when nobody's expecting it. At night I'm sure they either put stuff away or have security.

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BLee wrote

Around my way they leave a lot out at night.

So if you need some nice potted plants or duraflame logs, it's like christmas.

But getting locked up for a few months because you stole $501 worth of philodendrons isn't a good look when talking to your cellmates.

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BLee wrote

I agree. Now I'll admit I've never done anything of that magnitude, however I've done the whole "there's no way that guy just walked out the front door with X, right?"

I'd be more comfortable attempting the above during a busy time instead of 4am.

But's it's not worth it long term.

My hat's off for the big balls they must have had.

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Throwdown321 wrote

im pretty sure thats felonies worth of stolen goods, its not really shoplifting anymore as its just felony theft. probably hudrends for each equipment each time, the police could be waiting or be suspicious.

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BLee wrote

I always wondered this too.

Some of the lawn mowers are $3k and held together with a cable lock that would take 3 seconds to cut.

I'm sure the local PD patrols and the overnight security somewhat help, by why ISN'T more stuff taken?

If you had enough time you could take the freakin' sheds too.

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Newt wrote

Drive your getaway vehicle all over muddy roads beforehand, to cover much of the car and make the license plate really hard to read. Go through a car wash immediately after the haul.

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Amberzey wrote

I've only taken a fern from an outside rack. Had a parking lot receipt so I grabbed one. No one noticed or cared. Not sure I'm brave enough to yank equipment. But good for them!

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Macy5 wrote

Lol. Ballzy as fuck. I hope your friend have a fake license plate or something.

Out here. Where I am. Some good Samaritan would probably pull out a gun and do a citizen arrest lol

#for that. I feel like it’s like Day Light Robbery D:

Idk. Stealing is kind of like robbery but I steal what I need... idk :c

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Throwdown321 wrote

most people just take pictures of your license with cellphones, thats what i would do.