About 20-25 years ago we were building our place at the Delaware seashore. We'd buy the lumber etc during the week and then head down there Friday night, work all weekend long and return Sunday night around 10-11:00 P.M. This went on all summer long. We kept all the tools in the back of my Dad's truck. We're talking power saws, hand saws, drills, plumbing tools, elec. tools. You name it and we had it in there. He lives in the boonies so he never locked his truck at all. His house is 2/5 mile up thru the woods on a single lane ending at his garage. The house sits on a little knoll. He would stop on the way home within 25 miles from home and fill up both tanks. It was a real nice Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton with a cap.
Come Monday morning I get a phone call on my "car phone." Remember when they were mounted to the dash with the power module under the seat ? He started asking me if I "borrowed" his truck ? I reminded him that he called me on the phone in MY truck so why would I have his ?? It had all of the tools in it, 2 full tanks, and about $ 50.00 worth of change in the door pocket. It was gone!!! Cops were called, insurance called, etc. We were told by insurance to start going out and replace the tools keeping all of the receipts.
We got a phone call 2 days later telling us that they had located the truck in Tulsa, OK right near Oral Roberts University. Turns out that 2 "Righteous, Christian" kids had run away from home. They were walking along the road and happened to stumble across his driveway. Followed it and came upon the truck in the driveway with the keys in it. They coasted it downhill before starting it. They were headed to go see Mr. Roberts himself. They use the change in the door to refuel it. They were caught as they had just about run out of gas and were doing a "u" turn to get into the gas station.
All of the tools were still inside with the addition of the trash can we had filled that weekend. The Insurance just wanted us to get another truck and tools and they would sell the truck, etc down in Tulsa. No can do. Instead they paid for my Dad and Mom to fly to Tulsa, service the truck, and then all expenses to get it back home. Cost them a pretty penny but we got back everything. There were tools in there that we forgot that we had even taken along. He did let the trash down there!!!!!! It had been sitting in the OK sun for 3 weeks until he got there....
The 2 poor juveniles.............not a friggin' thing happened to them. We at least wanted them to pay the deductible. But as they were "so good" and as this was the first thing that they had done, not 1 damn thing was done to them.