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Stripped scooter found in San Diego

 
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Invisibleanomaly
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:33 am    Post subject: Stripped scooter found in San Diego Reply with quote

Driving home tonight I saw a stripped scooter on the ground down the street from my house. It looks like it may have been a Lance Havana and used to be red? It was spray painted black and had been completely stripped. The El Cajon police were called, and in the time that I stood there next to it calling the police someone tried to start it and steal it. If it's yours, I'm so sorry, but I hope that it helps your insurance claim for it to have been found.

Also, this really scares me because it drives the point home that the scooter bogeymen really are out there! This is firsthand shit! I immediately went to my backyard to check on my own scooter when I got home. There's no exaggeration when it comes to the need for good chains, and disc locks, and I've never been so glad for my screaming Xena. I'm so bummed out for whoever this belonged to.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn! that thing is thrashed. Is scooter theft a big problem in San Diego? I hope we're not having another London or Boston problem.....
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't think that it was a big problem, but given that it was stripped down 3 houses down from where I live (My husband saw it already sprayed, but parked 2 hours before I saw it naked and dropped) I'm all kinds of worried. I moved my scooter to the fence post under our bedroom window in the back yard, and finally started using the heavy chain that we bought in addition to the Xena alarm.
I'm also so upset for whoever this belonged to. I know that for me my scooter is a huge source of joy and it was a lot of work to learn to ride, research the right one, and get on the road. It was also my only transportation for months, and that could easily be the case for this person. People just really suck.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry, that Chinese scooter wasn't worth anything beforehand! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drum Pro wrote:
Damn! that thing is thrashed. Is scooter theft a big problem in San Diego? I hope we're not having another London or Boston problem.....


What? Boston has as scooter theft problem? I thought it was pretty safe here.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It just looks like the average unloved chinese scooter to me. Yes it looks to have been stolen more than once. Judging from the rust on the fasteners it hasn't had the rear plastics for a long time. The rear plastics on those is very brittle and easy to crack.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said, when my husband drove by it it was complete and he said it just looked like a spray painted scooter parked on the street. By the time I came home it was on its side in the street like this. I don't think it's a case of simply "unloved".
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good n you for calling the police and sticking around.
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