Today I present a request (and cautionary tale) to the internets on behalf of a friend. For those of you in the Houston area please Be On the Look Out (BOLO) for a plate carrier and kit that was stolen from my buddy’s car
about two weeks ago on April 23rd, 2013. [He only recently told me.] I realize that the recovery of it an extreme long shot but I wanted to do something to help and maybe something positive will come of it.
Here’s the list of gear taken:
- Tactical Assault Gear Banshee rifle plate carrier (Multicam)
- RMA Supply Level III ceramic armor plate (large; 10” x 12”)
- Condor Triple Kangaroo mag shingle (Multicam)
- (6) Magpul Maglevel P-mags (FDE) each with Original Magpul (FDE)
- (3) Glock-brand G19 15 rd magazines
- 180 rounds of 5.56x45mm Federal 62 gr Green Tip Penetrator (loaded in P-mags; 6 x 30)
- (10) 20 boxes of 5.56x45mm Federal American Eagle
- (3) 50 rd boxes of Winchester ‘white box’ .45 ACP
- (5) 20 rd boxes of Remington .22-250
- (3) 50 rd boxes of CCI Blazer 9mm
- (1) Chinook Medic Kit (TMK-KE) Multicam – completely stocked
- (1) Chinook Individual Operator Kit (TMK-IO) Multicam – completely stocked
- Additional Celox gauze, packs and injector
All of this was in his car but not visible from the outside; the car was parked on the street near his residence in the Midtown/Museum District of Houston, Texas. The items were actually in a cardboard box with clothes piled on top of it. There were no overt signs of forced entry (no broken windows) and the car was locked prior to the theft. The police believe specialized tools (slim jim?) were used to gain entry. The car is not a luxury model, it does not have any expensive mods or options and is as mundane as any other. It
does did have a single sticker on the back, though. A basic NRA membership sticker.
The thieves realizing their windfall, returned about 1 week later and gained entry to his wife’s car hoping for another score.
Hindsight being what it is, the take-away of this tale is to Respect the Gray.
- Don’t Advertise – even a small identifier such as a sticker can mark you for theft or attack.
- Secure your kit – concealment is not enough; car locks are not secure.
I’ve been thinking of ways to secure gear in a car and if you choose to store it there, my recommendation would be a Pelican or similar rugged case to contain the gear. Preferable the case should be in the trunk (if your car has one) locked with Abloy padlocks and tethered with hardened steel security chain to an anchor attached to the frame. Some vehicles with removable seats have convenient anchors already.
I can’t offer much but I am personally offering a reward of (2) bricks [1000 rounds] of precious .22 long rifle ammunition* for information leading to the return of the above items; If you can help please send an email to Projectilist AT Gmail
(*and the satisfaction and peace of mind of having helped your fellow man)
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