Maybe we're the only one who has had coal stolen?
Our farm has been used as a weekend place most of the 42 years it has been in the family. Until I installed a gas furnace 10 years ago, we heated with but in a gravity coal furnace. Every few years, Dad would have a few tons of coal delivered, in a pile outside the coal chute. ( I don't know why not IN the coal chute.) One day when the road was snow covered, Dad caught the neighbor's kids loading their sleds with our coal! They said that their parents had sent them. I guess they were poor, but they were the kind of people who could have bought a lot of coal if they would have sold all the junk vehicles on blocks in their yard, or scrapped all the mufflers they removed from every vehicle they owned.
Its not the worst thing to have had stolen. Better than the furniture, light fixtures, copper, taxidermy, and booze that have walked away over the years. Much better than the bank barn who's siding now grace's some criminals game room or kitchen table. I can't believe they stole our barn!