A Tale of Incompetent Thieves

You never know what a day will bring.

This morning, when I arrived at work, the company service truck was astride the ditch, about 20 yards away from the driveway.


The first thing that went through my mind was that our service man was having a really bad morning. But it turned out that he had nothing to do with it.

Person or persons unknown had cut the chain on the gate to enter our compound, and stolen the truck. They then attempted to steal our big shop air compressor. One or more of them probably got a good shock in the process, judging by the wire blown in two and the carbon coating the arced surfaces. After that, they abandoned the attempt on the air compressor.

Then, they (or he) attempted to leave in the company truck; they were headed next door (the driveway visible in the picture). Being thieves, they stealthily pulled out of our driveway with the lights off, because, you know, that’s supposed to keep you from being noticed. Apparently blinded by their own stealth, they missed the driveway of the adjoining business, with the result you see. Down here in East Texas the technical term for people with this level of competence is “dumb ass”.

I guess we need to check the local hospitals for somebody with electrical burns and whiplash.

I understand that they did make off with some of our neighbor’s equipment. The only thing of ours they actually got away with was the chain off the gate, but we did recover a nifty set of bolt cutters that they left in trade.

What a bunch of morons.


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