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Jim Jacaruso, PLS
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28/09/2017 9:40 am  

I received the info below in an email from the NC Society of Surveyors. Warning... the content could make you mad and freak you out at the same time.

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Merrick had a Trimble S6 Robotic Total Station, TSC3 Data Collector and Dell Laptop computer stolen from a work truck today in Charlotte. The incident happened around noon at the VA Medical Clinic on Tyvola Road. The VA Clinic had security cameras and recorded the incident. It appears the thief followed the survey truck into the parking lot and parked. He waited for the driver to go inside and then backed his vehicle up to the survey truck, pried open the back with a crowbar and took the instrument. He then used a tool to break into the cab of the truck and took the data collector and laptop computer. He tried to remove a set of tripod legs but couldn’t get them out easily. The whole incident only took 2-3 minutes. The thief obviously knew what he was looking for and he may have followed the survey truck from a nearby job site.

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28/09/2017 10:13 am  

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John Hamilton
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28/09/2017 10:15 am  

Probably worked on a survey crew in the past...One of the reasons we don't have any signage on our vehicles. Well, we usually don't, but I will slap a magnetic sign on when necessary to avoid people coming out to ask what you are doing. But usually not. If someone knows what type of equipment surveyors use, that is an attractive target. We take instruments, data collectors, etc in at night when on the road.

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Stephen Ward
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28/09/2017 10:50 pm  

A friend runs the survey department for a company that works in several states. They had a very similar thing happen twice a few days apart a couple of months back. I believe they were in Georgia though.

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John Hamilton
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29/09/2017 4:33 am  

A company I worked at in the 80's had a total station stolen FROM the office. A window was broken, they got inside and just took a total station. what was strange is that it looked like the window was broken from the inside out. Years later one of the party chiefs saw the stolen instrument on a construction site, still had the company sticker on it. It turns out it was an inside job, the guy said he bought it from someone who used to worked there. He didn't think anything was wrong since the guy said he was selling it on behalf of the owner.

The guy who stole it was a real shady character. He was from eastern Europe, and he would disappear for months at a time. Then he would return with some wild stories about Saudi Princes, that he was a bodyguard to some princess, crazy stuff. The FBI came to my house one time to ask questions about him. One time he wanted to pay me to acquire Wild (before it was Leica) GPS software for him, said it was for some middle eastern government. Very strange character, but a competent draftsman. He was also charming in person, drove a mercedes sports car and dressed flashy (on a draftsman's salary). Suspicious, naw...read on...

There was a book written in 1989 called "The Cuckoo's Egg" (ISBN 0-671-72688-9) that told the story of a spy getting into government computers and stealing information. This guy was involved in that (and the reason the FBI came to interview me about him), and my old boss and his daughter/secretary are mentioned a few times in the book because he apparently did some hacking from the office. I believe he was probably a spy from some eastern bloc country back in the days of the cold war.

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25/10/2017 7:55 am  

We make products to secure GPS mounts $ 2,000 and Robotic Total Station Mounts $ 2,500 . Also your receivers are sold in a kit $ 500.00.
SITECH in N.C. and Ga know about our products
They said they would push our products but then stopped. Why... I think you know why $$$ Our products work and cost is so little.
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25/10/2017 8:16 am  

Jennifer White, post: 452409, member: 11447 wrote: We make products to secure GPS mounts $ 2,000 and Robotic Total Station Mounts $ 2,500 . Also your receivers are sold in a kit $ 500.00.
SITECH in N.C. and Ga know about our products
They said they would push our products but then stopped. Why... I think you know why $$$ Our products work and cost is so little.
We have been in business for Eight years. Check us out at staysafe.equipment

Interesting product for specific scenarios. Not many of my sites are going to have a Jersey Barrier where I want it though. I'm also usually way less concerned about theft of an instrument while setup on an active construction project as I am other types of jobs where I'm setup out in public.

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25/10/2017 8:37 am  

Cameron,
we have a post mount not just the barrier mount. And I had companies that were setting up walked away and a guy came crossed I95 in daylight with traffic and workers cut the cable that was locked down to a truck and ran back across high traffic area and jumped in his truck. Now I know everyone says It won't happen to me! but it does happen and that is why we make our products to help you guys out and keep your equipment!


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25/10/2017 8:49 am  

I just had an instrument stolen as well. What I don't understand is how these thieves even get rid of them, wouldn't most any surveyor check to insure that an instrument is not stolen before purchasing? Seems dealers would be suspicious of buying them too. I know Leica keeps an online database of stolen merchandise don't know about other manufacturers.


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25/10/2017 8:54 am  

roger_LS, post: 452422, member: 11550 wrote: I just had an instrument stolen as well. What I don't understand is how these thieves even get rid of them, wouldn't most any surveyor check to insure that an instrument is not stolen before purchasing? Seems dealers would be suspicious of buying them too. I know Leica keeps an online database of stolen merchandise don't know about other manufacturers.

If they're being stolen by people who are targeting survey equipment specifically because they know its value and not just a random theft of opportunity I suspect they're winding up overseas rather than being resold in the States.

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25/10/2017 11:04 am  

Jennifer White, post: 452409, member: 11447 wrote: We make products to secure GPS mounts $ 2,000 and Robotic Total Station Mounts $ 2,500 . Also your receivers are sold in a kit $ 500.00.
SITECH in N.C. and Ga know about our products
They said they would push our products but then stopped. Why... I think you know why $$$ Our products work and cost is so little.
We have been in business for Eight years. Check us out at staysafe.equipment

I see your stuff at SITECH in Ga every day! They actually have a setup on display outside.


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25/10/2017 5:51 pm  

John Hamilton, post: 448751, member: 640 wrote: A company I worked at in the 80's had a total station stolen FROM the office. A window was broken, they got inside and just took a total station. what was strange is that it looked like the window was broken from the inside out. Years later one of the party chiefs saw the stolen instrument on a construction site, still had the company sticker on it. It turns out it was an inside job, the guy said he bought it from someone who used to worked there. He didn't think anything was wrong since the guy said he was selling it on behalf of the owner.

The guy who stole it was a real shady character. He was from eastern Europe, and he would disappear for months at a time. Then he would return with some wild stories about Saudi Princes, that he was a bodyguard to some princess, crazy stuff. The FBI came to my house one time to ask questions about him. One time he wanted to pay me to acquire Wild (before it was Leica) GPS software for him, said it was for some middle eastern government. Very strange character, but a competent draftsman. He was also charming in person, drove a mercedes sports car and dressed flashy (on a draftsman's salary). Suspicious, naw...read on...

There was a book written in 1989 called "The Cuckoo's Egg" (ISBN 0-671-72688-9) that told the story of a spy getting into government computers and stealing information. This guy was involved in that (and the reason the FBI came to interview me about him), and my old boss and his daughter/secretary are mentioned a few times in the book because he apparently did some hacking from the office. I believe he was probably a spy from some eastern bloc country back in the days of the cold war.

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