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How Not to Steal a Sidekick 424

Posted by timothy
from the quick-add-a-buddy dept.
timmit was one of many readers to point out the story of a stolen Sidekick, writing with this excerpt from the site: ""When my friend realized that she had left the Sidekick in the taxi she asked me to immediately send a message to the phone saying that we would give a reward for the phone. There was no response. After a day of waiting, she had to go to the store and spend over $300 on a new Sidekick. When she put her SIM card in, she saw that the person(s) that had taken the phone had not only signed on to AOL leaving their name and password in the phone, but they had taken pictures of themselves." I can sympathize, after someone with the address Rmluckyguy@aol.com tried to sell me back the Visor Deluxe stolen from my car last year in Philadelphia. I hope Evan has better luck.
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How Not to Steal a Sidekick

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  • Since when is stupidity news?

    Oh, wait.....
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:19PM (#15495733)
    The next Slashdot story will be ready soon, but diggers can beat the rush and see it early [digg.com]!
  • Well ... Sounds like somone is on a Personal Vendetta... I say post all the creep's info.
  • D'oh (Score:5, Funny)

    by Blue6 (975702) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:24PM (#15495772)
    I'm not sure where the SideKick is, but the fat dude in the pictures needs to hop on that exercise bike out on the porch.
  • heh heh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Surt (22457) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:27PM (#15495795) Homepage Journal
    Posting rmluckyguy@aol.com 's email to the front page of slashdot is one way to get revenge I suppose. My guess is that email address just became unusable.
    • Can anyone recommend a freely available outgoing email service so that we can tender a lovely hello to these charming people?
  • Security risk? (Score:3, Informative)

    by mikesd81 (518581) <mikesd1&verizon,net> on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:28PM (#15495811) Homepage
    • FTA:

    UPDATE #2: Some people are asking how we have their pics and AOL name. The way a Sidekick works, is that when you use it, all the data on it get's uploaded automatically to the T-Mobile server. So pictures you have taken, AOL names and passwords u have used, etc are all on the server. So when my friend turned on her new Sidekick and put her new SIM card in, all the data downloaded on to her phone. And that's how we have everything.

    Now, that's a great thing so you really don't lose anything....but with alot of information been getting, um, lost lately in the media news, I dont know if I like things like that located centrally somewhere. If I lose something like that, I perfer it to all be lost and I have to start from scratch. Just like a hacked server. You don't just do backup restores, you reload from scratch.
  • by Space Sku (552294) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:30PM (#15495819)
    at its finest. "i got ball this is my adress 108 20 37 av corona come n do it iam give u the sidekick so I can hit you wit it" awesome.
  • Idiots (Score:2, Insightful)

    by blindbug (979761)
    Whether or not they stole the phone or not, possession of stolen property is just as much a crime as the actual theft. Thieves like these people need to be sent to a country where the crime of theft is a loss of extreminities. I for one am tired of working 9-5, 5 days a week, only to find that some jask*ss wants to spend 35 seconds throwing a rock through my car window to steal all they can and destroy everything they cannot. I hate thieves just as much as I hate the government... oh wait, they are the s
    • Re:Idiots (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Please try to calm down. All this hate cannot be good for you.

      Thank you for sparing me the shock of that "a" in jackass, though. That was a nice touch.

  • by Billosaur (927319) * <wgrother AT optonline DOT net> on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:31PM (#15495834) Journal

    Ok, let's give the alleged thieves the benefit of the doubt. No matter what their story (and isn't it interesting to see how their stories change), it should be quite clear to them now that the Sidekick does not belong to them, and whether purchased from someone or found, they now have an object that has been reported stolen, making them accessories, no matter how you cut it. IANAL, but it doesn't take a shark to smell blood.

    What makes this truly outrageous is that it doesn't occur to them that they've been found out. Thanks to Evan's website, everyone and his uncle knows about this:

    From the web site:Update #12: June 7th, 7:00 p.m. eastern Sorry for the lack of updates...I answered emails till 1 p.m. and then had to leave to work...But I made it a short day so I could come back and give everyone an update..Wasn't that nice of me :-) Anyways.... I see that I have over 900 emails since 1 p.m. I will try and answer as many as I can. I will also add all the links you sent me to the ones below...I quickly scrolled though and must have counted at least 100-200 new links. I also have received emails from people offering me ISP hosting...As of right now, I should be good. I have unlimited bandwidth with this company...and so far I have not gotten the "digg" effect.(almost 3,200 at least count!). I have also talked to some radio stations. New York's 1010 WINS being one of them. Interviews are being scheduled for this week.

    They might have been able to save face once they were "caught," but now it's going to be impossible. What's worse, they're stupid enough to keep using the thing, compounding their trouble!

    It goes to show the power of the Internet though; once something is out there, the information is global in minutes. And there are pictures! These folks are not going to be able to hide for a long time... unless they wind up in a penitentiary somewhere.

  • myspace visibility (Score:5, Interesting)

    by beowulfy (897757) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:34PM (#15495863) Homepage
    I love how this goes to show how easy it is for anyone to find out information about you, and the people you know with social networking sites. You had better think twice about creating a myspace page if ever engage in any kind of criminal activity no matter seemingly small or insigificant it is. Granted the people who were involved here were exceedingly stupid. Cue up the "stupidity of people on myspace" jokes....
  • So, I suppose this isn't technically stealing, but it could be if you find something and keep it. So with the pictures being on the thing, why not go to the police and tell them the story and fill out a report? Apparently all the information is there.
    • Re:Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Iphtashu Fitz (263795) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:01PM (#15496062)
      I suppose this isn't technically stealing

      Maybe not, but posession of stolen property is a felony. They know that it's stolen property. There's a police report filed regarding the stolen property. T-Mobile is apparently going to shut off the service, which means they're convinced it's stolen property.

      If this guy really is an MP then he's putting his military career in jeopardy. This is the sort of thing that could get him booted out of the military, possibly after a trip to the brig, and undoubtedly with a dishonorable discharge.
      • Re:Police? (Score:4, Informative)

        by ??? (35971) <k@@@kobly...com> on Thursday June 08, 2006 @02:30PM (#15496896)
        New York State Consolidated Laws
        TITLE J
        OFFENSES INVOLVING THEFT
        ARTICLE 155
        LARCENY ...
        S 155.00 Larceny; definitions of terms.
            The following definitions are applicable to this title: ...
            7-c. "Access device" means any telephone calling card number, credit
        card number, account number, mobile identification number, electronic
        serial number or personal identification number that can be used to
        obtain telephone service. ...
        S 155.05 Larceny; defined.
            1. A person steals property and commits larceny when, with intent to
        deprive another of property or to appropriate the same to himself or to
        a third person, he wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds such property
        from an owner thereof.
            2. Larceny includes a wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of
        another`s property, with the intent prescribed in subdivision one of
        this section, committed in any of the following ways: ...
            (b) By acquiring lost property.
            A person acquires lost property when he exercises control over
        property of another which he knows to have been lost or mislaid, or to
        have been delivered under a mistake as to the identity of the recipient
        or the nature or amount of the property, without taking reasonable
        measures to return such property to the owner; ...
        S 155.30 Grand larceny in the fourth degree.
            A person is guilty of grand larceny in the fourth degree when he
        steals property and when:
            1. The value of the property exceeds one thousand dollars; or ...
            10. The property consists of an access device which the person intends
        to use unlawfully to obtain telephone service.
            Grand larceny in the fourth degree is a class E felony.
  • by Captain Zep (908554) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:35PM (#15495869)
    I thought this was going to be a story about Batman and Robin.

    Z.

  • by OzPeter (195038) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:37PM (#15495888)
    I was watching a police videos show the other day and they had a segment on a copuple of teens who were drving around some town at night with paint ball guns and doing "drive bys" on unsuspecting pedestrians. And to top it all off they were video taping the whole thing and had lots of colourful narrative to go with the action.

    This all came to an end with their last victim who they "shot" in full view of a police cruiser (which you actually see on the tape)

    Man my jaw dropped. I was astounded at their level of stupidity.

    Mind you the Dumb and Dumber bank robbers [thedenverchannel.com] in Denver made me laugh my ass off as well. Although not in this article, I do remember that they were caught with pictures of themselves in "gansta" poses hlding their "loot"
  • by is as us Infinite (920305) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:39PM (#15495900)
    Yes, stealing someone's cell phone is very wrong. Obviously it needs to be returned to its rightful owner (ie. the person who bought it.) and it's strange that the thief hasn't just admitted it and taken the cell phone over to the owner.

    However, it looks to me like the young girl in the pictures may be somewhat innocent. Let's call them Mr. Army and Ms. Booty, just to make it easier (any similarity in naming between real life and the monikers is purely accidental... no really.) Mr. Army says, ostensibly, that a cabbie sold it to him. I doubt that's true. They also say that Mr. Army gave it to Ms. Booty as a present. That's probably what happened. And she got a SIM card and took some pictures and logged onto her AOL and now this guy takes her and shows her to the world as if she's a monster. The person who deserves the world's ire is the thief, Mr. Army.

    He really needs to own up to the situation. If he bought it from a cabbie, he had to know it was stolen. And if he stole it himself, well... the best thing he can do now is take the phone back and apologize. Anything else is just prolonging the inevitable, and possibly getting him a larger sentence, should Mr. Shamer choose to press charges.

    I feel like Ms. Booty is at least somewhat innocent. As it stands now, it would appear that she knows the phone is stolen, but obviously she's young, and judging by the fact that she has a child, probably none too bright, and easily swayed by Mr. Army's persuasion. This is a black mark on her life that will follow her around for many years to come. I'm sure she will have to endure some harsh judgement from her peers at school, and I'm not absolutely certain she deserves that.

    And now that Mr. Shamer has rejected offers for free webhosting 'gone over his current provider's bandwidth cap' and put up a donation link, it amounts to little more than a cry for cash.

    I feel sorry for everyone involved.
    • by ryanov (193048) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:49PM (#15495970)
      When you hear "you stole my phone, give it back" and you don't do anything about it, you are guilty. Maybe not in the eyes of the law, but a kid in kindergarten knows that you can't take things that aren't yours.
    • I'm a dummy about GSM devices, but if she'd used her own SIM, to use the device it wouldn't have uploaded to the "wrong" account. Am I wrong here? If I'm not, then someone knew they were using minutes they didn't own.
    • You make the assumption that she bought her own SIM card, had that been the case, this story would never exist. Ms. Booty is using the original SIM card (or was anyway) that was in the 'recovered' phone. Regardless... Getting the phone originally was not on the up and up. Once the original owner (or friend) had identified to the current possesor that the phone had been ill-gotten, they should have made arrangements to return it, especially being that the timing was all together.

      It wasn't like she bought
    • by LWATCDR (28044) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:46PM (#15496509) Homepage Journal
      "And she got a SIM card and took some pictures and logged onto her AOL and now this guy takes her and shows her to the world as if she's a monster."
      She got the SIM card in the phone. Sorry but try this out. "Hey want to buy this phone? Yea it is legit don't worry about the pictures already on it. Oh and don't worry about paying for service I will throw that in for you." Yea right...
      Followed by
      Here is a cell phone babe. Don't worry about the pictures and the account...

      Nope this is theft.

      "This is a black mark on her life that will follow her around for many years to come. I'm sure she will have to endure some harsh judgement from her peers at school, and I'm not absolutely certain she deserves that."

      Why not. Shouldn't one have to bear judgement based on ones own actions? This isn't because of her gender, race, or even nationality. She decided to keep a phone that was stolen. She picked this path. I feel sorry for her child more than anything else.
    • However, it looks to me like the young girl in the pictures may be somewhat innocent. She's apparently 16 years old and already a mother. Innocent is not necessarily the word I'd use to describe her. I'd give a pass on naive. I might even suggest that she missed out on having the best role models and guidance in her life. She's not innocent. An innocent 16 year old girl doesn't have a kid. An innocent 16 year old doesn't get involved with the sort of people who make death threats. -JMP
  • by VincenzoRomano (881055) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:41PM (#15495916) Homepage Journal
    This article actually says: if you need to steal a sidekick, please follow a good procedure not to be tracked!
    Very, very smart!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    My SO had her laptop stolen last year, while on a trip home (to a country far from the US, where we currently live).

    Several months later, we hear from the police to say a) that the burglar is in prison awaiting trial and b) they have her laptop. Her sister picked it up, and discovered that it was full of home made pr0n, and we briefly thought of posting some of the highlights on the web. However, the burglar was sitting in prison (and remains there to this day), and we couldn't be bothered humiliating him
  • AOL Users (Score:5, Funny)

    by Frightening (976489) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:50PM (#15495979) Homepage
    Honestly now, what do you expect? /*ducks
  • by 955301 (209856) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:54PM (#15496003) Journal
    1. Find some partners to "steal" your sidekick.
    2. Create a story about how they are ethically challenged.
    3. Crow about how you had to buy another one and these people are bad.
    4. Reluctantly put up a Paypal account to collect money for "incurred costs".
    5. wait for the naive techno fans to queue up to "help the cause".
    6. Profit!!!

    Assuming 2000 people give her $1 and 6 other people involved, now everybody has free sidekicks!

    Hey, that's better than most mid 90's internet startups!

    • Glad to see I'm not the only one who might be a little too cynical

      I smell a phony
    • That has happened many times. I remember reading some girl posting about how her dog was set on fire by "some kids" and needed thousands of dollars for surgery and the like, so she put up a paypal account for donations. Within a day, people had disproven her story, and in three days she made up some story about it being a test of the kindness of strangers online or some crap like that and that she would refund everyone's money. But I didn't see any requests for donations on this site, though I didn't look i
  • I find it amusing that she absolutely had to a buy a new sidekick within 24 hours. Can't live without it. No doubt that is good for the economy.

    Anyway, how is stealing a sidekick different from stealing anything else and why does it deserve a story ? The phones of several of my friends have been stolen of the years. I had my car CD player stolen a couple of years ago, but you don't see me bitching about it on Slashdot (oops, now you do).
  • IT BURNS! (Score:4, Informative)

    by dwalsh (87765) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:59PM (#15496037)
    Check out the MySpace account they found:

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=us er.viewprofile&friendID=78722066 [myspace.com]

    The goggles they do nothing etc. Worst site I have seen in a while.

    More seriously, it erodes your belief in the basic goodness of people, and hardens your attitude to certain classes of people, when you see such poor specimens of human beings as these.
  • FTA: I also don't condone uploading videos and pics onto websites like youtube.com and sending the links to me. This is a very bad thing to do. Naughty naughty....Buttttttttttttttttt since youtube is a public website I will post any video that is on there....of course if there was a issue with the legality of the video, then that would be youtube's responsibility to remove.

    Uh... so you're not sure if the stuff people are sending you is legal, but you're posting it anyway [reference.com]?

    That's definitely not legal in the
  • by NYTrojan (682560) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:00PM (#15496049)
    I've been following this since the day it happened (not long ago anyway) and I am beginning to suspect that this may be a fake, and even if it isn't, Boy what a great con idea.

    Hear me out

    The guy continually writes that he's not looking for fame and fortune, but goes on to list all the people who have pointed this out and what news outlets are looking to interview him. Bemoans the fact that he isn't on TV yet, and says he's not looking for fame in the same breath. Hmmm...

    He then goes on to state over and over that he's not looking for money. That people suggested putting up a donation link, but he won't do it.... yet he doesn't hesitate to supply information regarding what everything costs over and over. Now, finally, that the number of people viewing has grown large enough he springs the 'Okay, you can donate, but only if you can afford it.'

    Maybe I'm too cynical, but what's to stop someone living in corona (maybe it's the girl in the pics!) from pulling something like this? Set up a few phony myspace accounts and boom, good to go. You can make thousands off of the internet donation effect... why not?
    • Well if it is that girl who is doing it for fame and fortune... then this: video [myspace.com] really doesn't help. Do you really think the girl in that video has the intelligence to go about doing all of this? Sure, they could be acting... but somehow, I doubt that. Plus, it's in NYC, where millions of people live and could easily drive by and verify for themselves.

      Cynical perhaps... Maybe NASA never did land on the moon... it was all directed by Spielberg!
    • You might be right. From his main page: http://www.evanwashere.com/about.html [evanwashere.com]


      I was born in 1975 in Manhattan and raised in Greenwich, CT. I left home at the early age of 14 and moved to NY. I lived in Brooklyn, Queens, Switzerland, England, and Israel...though not in that particular order. At the age of 19-20 I moved to Battery Park City in Manhattan and started working in Wall St. I lived there for the next 7 years designing the market data and trading technologies for places like CIBC Oppenheim
    • I doubt it. It's not the kind of con that a 16 year old (or even most 60 year olds) could pull off. If the girl was an unwilling participant without her knowlege, e.g. someone else is using her to setup a con, she and everyone else associated with this would have been incredulous from day/hour 1.

      The details are too perfect. Like the conflicting stories, multiple myspace accounts some of which have been deactivated. Unless a person cons for a living they wouldn't think of human nature stuff like that. Some o
    • I looked up the site on internic and it appears this person is real and lives in Connecticut. I figure not everyone knows how to look things up on Internic (even on slashdot), so I'm deleting personally identifying information.

      evanwashere.com:
      Evan [last name removed]
      68 [Street removed] Hill Rd
      [city removed], CT [zip removed]
      +1.917[number removed]
      [email removed]

      I wondered also if this was legitimate but it seems like a lot of effort and risk to take for a few donations. I currently believe it's legitimate -
  • by NXIL (860839) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:05PM (#15496093)
    If the army soldier WarriorPena84@aol.com did in fact write and send this, he is going to be attending the UCMJ School of Hard Knocks, and that is going to suck:

    "listen you dumb mother fucker my sister bought that phone from some cab driver so what the fuck do you want . shes not going to return it if she bought it, and am military police so dont give me that bullshit about you going to the cops over a lost phone the nypd has better things to do then to worry about your friend losing her phone. you better stop harrasing my sister or you'll have to deal with me and you dont want that"

    Shows a lack of impulse control, immaturity, and absence of sound judgement: given the mutlple recent international incidents our military has been involved in, I truly hope they take away his weapon privileges, and soon.

    I am not a JAG, but, there are about a dozen things they can charge him with there, from 'conduct unbecoming', to making a threat, conspiracy, etc. Not good.

    They should turn him over to the grammar and spelling Nazis too....

    • I am not a JAG, ... ... grammar and spelling Nazis ...

      I shall heretofore cease my references to "$BEHAVIOR Nazis." From this day forth, I shall only refer to "$BEHAVIOR JAGs."
    • Depends on that particular chain of command, really. I've seen CO's not do a damn thing if they figure it won't come back to bite them. The guy definitely doesn't sound like an officer, so a wise move above and beyond reporting the incident(s) to his CO would be a few well-placed phone calls to his First Sergeant and Sergeant Major (this is all if you can find out what unit he's in, of course) to help get the ball rolling.

      One of my chaplains once said in a new soldier orientation: "In a world of good th

  • "I was immediately told that my white ass didn't deserve it back."

    OH! You De-dnt! (two snaps and a circle) You and your boi-frieeeend with rough neck gangsta wannabe outfit like "oh i'm finally out of my grandma's basement" with his raggidity looking pimp squad can kiss my black ass of sweetness.

    Bring it oun, bitch!!11!1! I'll squash you whore like a spanish fly and sting your stank whore ass like Queen bee.
  • New trend? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ZeroExistenZ (721849) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:18PM (#15496215)

    It seems like a new trend to get things like this "public" in order to get back to the offenders, using the open and more and more community-like nature of the internet.

    I wouldn't be surpriced if in a while these you-are-a-criminal-bitch! webpages start popping up plentyful as people seem to feel they "can do something" and hunting the offenders down, having direct result as it exposes them in their own social network (blog/myspace/...) having a bigger impact (a "most in my direct environment and social network dissaproved" vs. "some stupid cop 'caught me'") or perhaps, for some, it's way to be able to mock someone. It's fascinating to see it resembling an old custom where criminals were publically humiliated and displayed on the townsquare for everyone to enjoy.


    The guy with the laptop distressed me and I felt relief him getting exposed in his questionable activities. It really looked like the guy explicitely intended to sell some broken laptop and profit off of it. Judging from the pictures though, this girl seems to be rather young and lower class, just wanting to get in on the whole technology gadgets-train and saw an opportunity. I don't approve of it, and think she just should've given the sideKick back without going all racist and intimidating over it. But it seems less of a threat. Although, it appeared she felt "untouchable" by the way she communicated back. I suppose being critisized by a wold-audience personally adressed to you will do more then a criminal record which means in certain circles how "tough" and "gansta" you are.

    I do wonder what the long term damage will be as many companies track your name on the internet before hiring...

  • by fishbowl (7759) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:43PM (#15496475)
    Some thieves stole a camera, among other things, and spent the rest of the night taking pictures of themselves
    committing other crimes.

    One of them was caught a few days later, with my camera. The police returned my camera, and when I checked the memory card, I found that it contained a number of pictures of the two guys who had taken pictures of each other, breaking into cars and houses, all very clear and recognizable. It was obvious that the police had not inspected the camera memory.

    The guy that was caught, had tried to claim that the camera was his, and when they pressed him with the evidence they had, he eventually admitted to one car break-in, and insisted he was alone. The date-stamped images on my camera told a different story. It was actually very satisfying to show this stuff to the detective. But, he made it clear to me that thieves doing stupid things is not at all unusual.

  • by Kaemaril (266849) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:46PM (#15496512)

    Isn't posting these pictures without permission strictly speaking a copyright violation? I mean, they're not his photos ...

    Although fair use, I guess, could be argued, and damages (if any) would be minimal. Plus, of course, the guy could cross-sue with all sorts of neat stuff ...

    But even so, technically ... isn't this arguably a violation?

    • That's an interesting legal question. If you create a work with someone elses stolen property, who owns the work. If you steal my camera (and film) and take a picture, do you get to keep the pictures, or are they also mine when/if I get the camera back.

      To extend that out, does a music recording made with a stolen guitar become the players, or the owners?

      In this case, though, since the photos are uploaded as part of a service (T-Mobile) and that service belongs to the legal owner, I would think the EULA an
    • they're not his photos

      In what way are they not his? They were taken with his camera, uploaded to his account via his subscription. There's an old saying that possession is 9/10ths of the law, and at no point were these photos not in his possession. The camera was not in his possession, though it still belonged to him. But at no point were the photos, which are not physical objects, taken by or stored in any device not owned by him. They are his.

      I, ANAL

  • by Moofie (22272) <lee&ringofsaturn,com> on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:55PM (#15496589) Homepage
    Why doesn't the vendor have some authentication and location system for phones that are reported stolen? It's not like T-Mobile doesn't know exactly where the device is located.

    Oh wait...this way they get to sell another phone. Question answered.
  • Google Group (Score:5, Informative)

    by TechnoGuyRob (926031) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @02:17PM (#15496787) Homepage
    Already three forums have been overflowed by the traffic. I made a Google Group that definitely can handle the load:

    http://groups.google.com/group/stolensidekick [google.com]

    Please mod up so people will become aware of this. I've already sent Evan an e-mail.
  • by itwasgreektome (785639) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @04:01PM (#15497676)
    The subject is now in jail with 2 felony charges and some misdemeanor charges.

    Here's how it went down. A week ago I was at a gas station talking with my fiancee in the car while the tank was filling up. My phone was on the sidepocket of the door (the armrest thing on the door) and the door was open. I know, stupid move. But I had been really paranoid about losing it cause I had just bought it so I was checking on it every 30 seconds ago so I figured it was safe enough. The tank finally finished filling so I exited the car and that's when I noticed that my phone was missing.

    I did that whole thing where you check the ground and your pockets and begin to freak out. Then I remembered some dude had walked right by our car maybe 30 seconds before I saw it missing. I looked on the other side of our pump and there was this 40+ something Hispanic gangsta dude with tattoos all on his neck asking some people for money for his "Car that broke down."

    In his breast pocket I could see what appeared to be the outline of my phone. He saw me looking at him and approached me and gave me some cockeyed story about how he ran out of gas and if I could only spare a dollar or so it would really help him. I told him I was busy at the moment if he would wait for me "over there" (out of earshot) I would be with him and maybe I could help him.

    I looked at my fiancée and said, "Call my cellphone."

    She asks what's going on.

    I tell her just to do it.

    So she calls my phone.

    As I approach the guy I hear, clear as day, the techno ringtone coming from his breast pocket.

    Damn I love how loud that thing is.

    I get in his face and tell him to give me my phone back.

    He looks confused.

    I point at his pocket and say, "You stole my phone, give it now."

    He pulls it out of his pocket, gives it to me, and says, "Oh no man, I found this over there." (points to the opposite side of the gas station).

    "No you f*cking didn't. You stole that phone from me asshole. Don't play stupid fess up."

    "No man, I don't know what you are talking about. Look, can you spare me some money or what?" [he's trying to avoid the discussion]

    "You just f*cking stole my cell phone. You know how much that thing cost me? What, you think I'm rich or something?"

    At this point everyone in the gas station is looking at us cause I'm berating this punk and getting ready for a showdown.

    "Dude, if you don't want to help me that's fine."

    He starts walking across the street to another gas station to evade me.

    I look at my fiancée and say, "Call 911."

    I chase after the guy and call 911 myself and explain to the dispatcher what is happening. I'm no more than 5 feet behind this guy at all times while he's trying to evade me and people are wondering what's going on. At one point he comes at me in a threatening manner saying, "Man- Who you on the phone with!?" I tell him I'm calling the police.

    The dude runs back across the street and I run back after him weaving through traffic. He gets in a nice newer Nissan Maxima and I jump in front of the car and read off the plates to the dispatcher. The asshole tries to run me over with his f*cking car, peels out, and speeds away.

    By this time everyone in the gas station is in total awe looking at what unfolded before them.

    It takes forever to get the Sheriffs there but I'm pleased with the way they respond and handle the situation. They take a report from myself and witnesses. They later call me and tell me the license plate was registered to this guy's daughter. They went to her address and she told him to check at the ex-wife's. When they get there they find the dude. They discover heroin paraphernalia in his vehicle.

    They book him with Theft, drug, and assault with a deadly weapon (his car).

    What a day.

    The dude picked the wrong guy to f*ck with. In two weeks I'll be in police academy.

    Watch out for your stuff people. People are not always as they seem.

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers. -- The Wall Street Journal

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