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Finding stolen fishing gear.

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Some years ago some scumbags broke into a Game boat in Port Hacking and stole a number of big game rods and Penn Reels.

They then took two of the rods and reels to a Cash Converter store in Hurstville and offered them to the owner of the store.

Unfortunately for them the reels had the name of the boat engraved on them. The owner of the store had been a regular crewman on that boat and immediately realised that he was being offered stolen goods.

He advised the guys that he was very interested in the gear and did they by chance have any more. The thieves replied that they had two more outfits.

The owner then suggested that he could cut them a good deal if the other two rods were in as good a condition. The thieves then said that they could be back in one hour with the other rods.

Imagine the surprise that they got when they delivered the other two rods. They negotiated a job lot price and agreed a deal at which stage a couple of customers who had been looking at other gear quietly arrested them and took them away.

The reason that I have told this story is that if anyone ever has any gear stolen it may be worthwhile ringing around the Cash Converter and Pawn shops in your area (or within reasonable range) to see if they have any similar gear for sale. You never know you might just get lucky. Oh, and make sure that you put some identifying marks on your gear. That way you will be able to prove that the gear is yours.

Cheers

Paikea

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LOVE IT, Paikea!! That is SUCH a good story for us fishos to hear - and terrific that Cash Converters were 'on to' the scum! Yes - even specific Scratch Marks - if you do that on all your gear ....... it would help in your recovery if you have the misfortune to be 'thieved'!!

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Roberta

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It is extremely easy to ID your gear. You can on many reels remove a plate and inscribe your initials. As they did put the name of their boat. All my gear has a mark or two to identify my tackle including tackle box and knives. Very easy to do.

Best time to do it is on a rainy day.

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The boss reckons that the best way to mark your gear is the number of your drivers licence, then if the police pick anyone up they would check and know who to contact. Without that they would not know.

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Paikea

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Great story... Crime dosnt pay, weather be in the short run or long run.

Harry

If it's to good to be true, it usually is...

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