Entire Rack Stolen at J Tree


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Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
So let me get this straight. You left your gear in the back of your pickup truck, in plain sight, at a restaurant that you knew was frequented by meth heads?

Yep, left our stuff out in the open...
But that was my first time eating there so I didn't know it was a meth head hang out. And Im never eating there again. I had to poop 3 times in the morning and had spicy butthole all day.

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Credit: whitemeat
I got one of these stolen from me, luckily nothing bit first aid and shoes inside but still a serious bummer, havent found it yet.

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
And it burns burns burns the ring of fire the ring of fire.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
When is someone gonna market a LoJack/GPS tracker you hide in the gear sling?
Or better yet disguise it as a locking biner they won't toss.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:39pm PT

It used to cost 2 slices of 99 cent pizza to have your car "guarded" in downtown Vancouver. Pretty mild extortion really, if none of your new friends with pizza were around, there was a huge chance of break in.

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:07pm PT
This is a great success story - we all do stupid sh#t without thinking about it sometimes...

My car got broken into in NE Portland a few weeks ago and a bag of gear got stolen. Harness, three pairs of shoes, rope, grigri, and two chalk bags. And the bag too. They just grabbed the bag though, and left my nice Mountain Hardware jacket and my gopro sitting right next to the bag...

Assholes broke my window!
Assholes broke my window!
Credit: jfailing

I shouldn't have left it in the car to begin with, but went right from the climbing gym to the show. I have a feeling that the people who broke in live nearby, and so I scoped around the neighborhood, but didn't really see anything.

So my question is this - do meth-heads and thieves really think they can get any money for a bag of climbing gear? Unless they sell it to a climber, who would probably know that sh#t is stolen, where are they unloading it? Maybe the meth-head wants to get into rock climbing?

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
My girlfriend's car load of trader joe's groceries got ripped off during the day at the local tubs...Her description matched the mug of this well known petty thief who was cycling in and out of jail...Riding thru town one day i see the guy walking..I rode up to him and asked him if he had broken into any cars lately....His jaw dropped to the ground and he dropped a load in his pants...I rode off laughing at the dumb founded look of guilt on his face...

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:26pm PT
RJ, was he riding a white Cervelo? Run him over next time.

Social climber
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:26pm PT
It's ten seconds of work for something.

All they know is that pile is important to someone, maybe it's you maybe they can trade it for a fix and a sandwich.

If they can't ditch it in a few hour for cash they throw it out. Better not to get caught with it.

Such is the spectrum of human behavior when things get desperate and nights get longer and colder. Hide your toys and be glad you have people that love you and care about you... Those guys got a sh#t hand in life, and they played it shitty. I can't help but be a bit sad... Ideally I could hate them because it would make me feel good but when I worked at that nomad and saw the way their life went... :( sucks.

The other day my bike wheel got ripped off right in front of my apartment in broad daylight. What shitty life drove someone to think THAT was a good thing to do?


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
Brendan Behan

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
Unfortunately, in today's California budget environment, nonviolent theft is a catch-and-release offense. I could add a lot more, but suffice to say that for the last 30 years or so, we've acted as if increasing the length of prison sentences is a magic bullet to reduce crime at little cost. Things like the current situation with thieves proves otherwise.

While studies show that higher probability of apprehension and punishment deters crime, the length of the prison sentence has much less of an effect. In the meantime, climbers' only lawful options are insurance and care in keeping valuable items locked and hidden.


Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 26, 2012 - 05:40pm PT
I rode up to him and asked him if he had broken into any cars lately....


I remember that story!


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:13pm PT
Geeze, Riles, I've been let off twice because I was a climber! Really!
Not for manslaughter or anything - DUI.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
No donuts available in the wee hours. I did turn on the fabled Irish charm though.
The cop in Leavenworth, WA just wanted to talk climbing - couldn't get rid
of him!
The Ranger in a certain NP was just honored to have pulled me over* - hell,
I don't know why he let me go but I'm pretty sure it had to do with the
heavily-logoed van I was driving.

*Laugh yerselves sick ;-)

Trad climber
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:21pm PT
last time i was living in jtree i had someone try to break into my house while i was in it.

wasnt even a tweaker.

downtown jtree is actually a lot better now than it was back in the late 80s early '90s.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:45pm PT
Cops spend far to much time eating donuts - they hate climbers for their freedoms and thier ability to live a life with out being told what to do by an authority figure. They hate free thinking climbers because they generally have IQs in the 80s and have no critical thinking skills.

I'll say one thing about Riley. He has no problem insulting entire groups of people even if our civil society depends on their service in order to exist.

And that second sentence is actually unintelligible. Who does the second "they" refer too?

Seriously man, give it a break.
PSP also PP

Trad climber
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
My climbing partner often wants to leave the gear in the back of the truck ; and thinks I am paranoid if I want to stow it away. I often put all his stuff in the truck too because if they steal his stuff then we probably have to go home. Standard places for leavin it in the truck bed, placerville, oakdale, groveland, tuolumne camp ground, Jt campgound etc.. I always figure there are alot of desperate people cruising around looking for easy pickens. I think he thinks it only gets stolen if you think it might get stolen.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
Looks like its turning into another climber vs. cop thread .

My main grief with the police is the chicke$hit tickets they hand out . In many safe and responsible communities , there just is not a lot of serious crime going on that requires their intervention. The residents police themselves . So the police validate there existence by ticketing hard working tax paying citizens for infractions that neither endanger themselves , or the public at large .

An example of this I encountered was getting a ticket for having big tires that stuck out just a bit further than the fender well of my truck .

Calling a cop or expecting their assistance with anything is not part of my reality , and hopefully never will be . I understand they are humans , and are generally decent , but I would just as soon have them leve me alone .

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 07:17pm PT
I think I have the record for the most chicken sh#t ticket. I was driving home from snowboarding in Big Bear and got a ticket for "excessive use of horn".

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:21pm PT
Tfish, didya think to tell him you were from New York and that you were
under-using it?
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