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Stolen! 1937 Ford Panel Truck- Phoenix, Arizona - UPDATE: RECOVERED!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by zellerware, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    if its aired can you guys please put it up? tape it? and put it up for us? thanks!

  2. Satinblack
    Joined: Jan 1, 2004
    Posts: 970


    Awesome job!!! Man, I want to move to Arizona :)
  3. steve53
    Joined: Aug 11, 2009
    Posts: 75


    it makes me feel so good those guys got caught. i dont even know what i would do if someone nabbed my '53.

    kick ass seabass! all those involved in the recovery should go buy lottery tickets with the karma you are racking up you may just win!
  4. Panhead Joe
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 79

    Panhead Joe

    Great Job Nick!

    That had to be the best trip to the DMV in history!
  5. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,337


    This is awesome! Never underestimate the power of the HAMB!
  6. Four thumb's up to Nick and the cops for getting it done, and yes Nick for Hamb'er of the year............

    Nick did the cops give you any static? or get right on it......
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010
  7. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    This is freaking rock Nick..right place right time , right frame of mind to act interested in it and taking pictures...hahha i hope these theifs rot in jail
  8. hershambob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,317


    glad to hear the owners got panel back,well done to all who helped
  9. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,168

    from Mass Bay

  10. As everyone has stated previously, Great work!! Its great that you Zellerware were alert and saw this going down. I too know the pain of items stolen and never seen again!! However this one has a great ending, a little fixable damage but all intact and RECOVERED!!
    Great day for the Blakes. Once again, the HAMB come through.
    Additionally Demon Member, here is another DEMONS CC, a plaque from a different era but still displayed proudly. These "DEMONS" were a CC and racing team in the early 60s of which I was a Member.

    Attached Files:

  11. Nick, great job! It is nice to know that you are looking out for others.
  12. Please clean up or delete redsteely's post.

    1. No profanity in subject lines
    2. No political/religious/racial posts"
  13. I wish I lived in Arizona - the British Government made it illegal to own handguns many years ago. I had to hand in all my legally held and licenced handguns to be torched. Of course, criminals can have any gun they want......
  14. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,578

    from Tampa, FL

    Man, what a great story on the recovery. I sure hope the truck wasn't stripped too badly, despite the paint being destroyed. Anyone got the total time from theft to recovery? I'd also like to know if the 6 arrested actually took the truck, or did it pass thru other hands. And if they did take it, were they "working" migrant or day-labor jobs in the area where the truck was stored, which would have allowed them to plan their heist? Gary
  15. 51stylelinedeluxe
    Joined: Aug 15, 2009
    Posts: 48


    wow great story! good job nick and anyone else involved. anything comes up missing around here i'm calling you!:D
  16. dirthawker1313
    Joined: Apr 18, 2005
    Posts: 648


    wow it great to finally see a happy ending to one of these stolen stories.. VIVA LA HAMB!!!
  17. spikeshotrods
    Joined: Dec 25, 2006
    Posts: 373


    Good Job Nick !!!!!
  18. Wow this is a story made for a movie - great job all around - the power of the HAMB is a success story worth telling!
  19. Miss Veronica Vaughn
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 11

    Miss Veronica Vaughn
    from AZ

    Same thing here. =/

    Kudos again to all involved for the recovery of the truck. Its taught me a lesson, old people rock and they are dangerous because they have so much time on their hands! ;)
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2010
  20. fattysgarage
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 56


    Awesome! It's always good to hear a story like that!
  21. Artiki
    Joined: Feb 17, 2004
    Posts: 1,998

    from Brum...

    Incredible story, folks. Kudos to all involved.
  22. Tommy R
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 717

    Tommy R

    Fantastic!! Thanks for keeping an eye out, Nick!
  23. billsill45
    Joined: Jul 15, 2009
    Posts: 784

    from SoCal

    Good news for a change. I hope that the owners and/or the insurance company see fit to offer Nick Flores a reward for his efforts in the recovery of the truck. I'd be interested in knowing how much (if any) jail time the six knuckleheads get.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010
  24. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,340

    Kan Kustom

    YES !!!!!!!! and THANK YOU to all who got involved !!!!!!!!!!
  25. You know, for an FNG you've got your head screwed on right better than a lot of the old-timers here do! :D

    I'd tell FOX News to piss-off. What do you think means more to them? Someone getting their stolen property recovered, or boosting their ratings??? :eek:
  26. abone1930
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,313


    Freakin Awesome, glad to hear a good outcome. I knew there is power in numbers :D
  27. Tinman
    Joined: Mar 6, 2001
    Posts: 963


    Good fucking work Nick!!! ...and of course thanks to zellerware for putting the word out, and big congrats to the Blake family!

    Coolest news I've heard all day...
  28. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,510

    from California

    here's a little something from the interweb:

    Grand theft of an automobile occurs when someone takes another person's car without permission, with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. Grand theft requires that the property stolen have a value over $400. Grand theft auto is a felony, punishable with imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months to 3 years.

    of course with lawyers and plea bargains and overcrowding and good behavior.... who knows what a person could get.
  29. Nick Flores-

  30. Nick Flores
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,355

    Nick Flores

    Once again everyone; THANK YOU for all the PM's, kind words and ATTA BOYS! I took a little trip into the city this morning to meet with Mr. Blake and take a tour of his machine shop. He is very thankful for all of us keeping our eyes open and for the recovery of his vehicle. As for the news report, I told them to call me back after I had a chance to ask Dave how he felt about it. He's all for it, but I agree with Miss Vaughn as well. The reporter was supposed to call me a few hours ago but hasn't, we'll cross that bridge if we come to it.

    A bunch of you guys have sent me PM's practically demanding that I accept a reward and also to donate time/cash towards the restoration of the Panel. I mentioned this to Mr. Blake and he was amazed at your generosity. I personally feel the the result of this situation is reward enough, however in lieu of a cash reward he offered to machine and assemble the engine for my project. I told him ok as long as I get to be there every step of the way.

    For anyone wishing to contribute any sort of contribution to the reward/restoration fund, shoot me a PM and I'll get the paypal info to you. Mr. Blake has a paypal account and any funds will go directly to him.

    Edit: I always think of stuff after I post...
    Mr. Blake decided that there will be a panel on the panel reserved as a thank you to the HAMB and anyone who donates time/cash/materials to this cause.

    The vehicle is safe and sound, will be coming home very soon. At this point I don't feel comfortable sharing any other details. Once the police conclude thier investigation and the thives are locked away, we'll have a true and documented update to share.

    In the picture from L to R: Myself, Mr. Blake, and Zellerware who just happened to drop by the shop while I was there.

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