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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Unique can be good.

It can make something hard to hide in a crowd, for example, which can be a swell thing if your unique-looking truck - the one with red flames on its hood - is swiped and you're trying to track it down.

Because it can be easier to spot a 2003 Cadillac truck on huge, chrome wheels - with a fire-painted hood and vanity plates driving down the street - than, say, another Toyota Camry.

"I thought they would find it the first day or that it was gone forever," said Tom Fisher, Century 21 real estate agent and self-described "car guy" whose $25,000 Cadillac matching the above description was stolen from his shop Saturday afternoon. "Either, or."

Fisher figured the crook would skip town after lifting such an obvious car.

Apparently, that wasn't the case.

The truck was spotted dozens of times driving around mostly east Coeur d'Alene over the weekend, before Fisher recovered it Monday.

It's as though the thief used the rig for his or her own commute - not far from 14th Street and Front Avenue spot where it was swiped.

"Talk about world's dumbest criminals," Fisher said, referring to the cable television show by the same name that highlights, well, criminals' less-than-perfect attempts at crime.

Fisher had left the keys on the floor of the car around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he ran upstairs to his shop for lunch. When he came back outside around 45 minutes later, according to a police report, the truck he'd owned for nine years was gone.

Fisher assumed the crook with "the most recognizable truck, probably, in Kootenai County" had hit the road. Discouraged, he called police, and posted about the theft on Facebook.

That's when the communication tree started. People chimed in all weekend saying they had seen the rig around town.

It was at 18th and Wallace Avenue, a friend reported. Now it was on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, another said, darn near hitting 100 miles per hour and catching air on a jump.

"If anyone was gonna go 100 and go airborne, it should have been me," Fisher said.

Still, it was refreshing to know the car was still around. And on Monday, Fisher spotted the truck parked outside a restaurant on 18th Street and Sherman Avenue - only a few blocks away from where it had been lifted.

Fisher said he saw a "skinny, tall" guy standing around the truck. When he approached him, the man took off running. So Fisher pulled out his spare keys, hopped in the car and chased down the suspect, who police were able to apprehend as the man tried to hide in a neighborhood yard.

Police Sgt. Christie Wood said Wednesday the department hasn't arrested a suspect, and believes the man they cornered Monday rode in the vehicle, but didn't steal it. She said police think they'll use that suspect to find the original thief.

Fisher picked up the truck from a service shop on Wednesday, and said it's running well. The crook did try and peel away the flames on the hood, which Fisher will have to fix, because, well, it can be easier if you don't blend in.

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10 comments:

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:14 pm on Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I feel sorry for those of us that have to pay higher insurance premiums because of stupid people that leave their keys in their car.

     
  • LMYCDA posted at 4:08 am on Sun, Sep 16, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1830

    Tom, glad you got your wheels back. Big favor, please SLOW DOWN!!!! now that you have it back.

     
  • spudman1 posted at 8:45 am on Fri, Sep 14, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 451

    Valley girl is sooo right. These letter writers are a perfect example of the entitlement mentality society we have created in this Country. People like you though give us some hope though. Thanks for reminding us that we do still have some good people around that aren't expecting something for nothing.

     
  • yourneighbor posted at 1:23 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    yourneighbor Posts: 242

    Valley Girl, I could not have said that any better myself. This site needs a LIKE button.

     
  • Valley Girl posted at 12:30 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    Valley Girl Posts: 50

    Sad state of affairs here to see some of you people crucifying the OWNER OF THE CAR! No, it wasn't the best idea to leave the keys in the vehicle....obviously. And no one is asking anyone to "feel sorry" for him for making that choice, but C'MON ON! Does that give anyone the right to just take the vehicle?? No one should have to tell any of you that the THIEF is the one truly in the wrong here.....for crying out loud. And WHO CARES if you think the vehicle is ugly or the most beautiful thing in the world??? IT BELONGS TO SOMEONE ELSE AND NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE IT....whether it is chained down or left running in the driveway.....IT'S NOT YOURS, YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE IT! (and yes, I'm yelling! ....seriously......)

     
  • spudman1 posted at 11:14 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 451

    So we can't expect to not have our vehicals stolen? After all the poor thief needed a ride to get his EBT card and his steak and lobster at safeways. Also, really glad to see our top filght 100,000 dollar a year cops right on this. Perhaps if the the thief had only parked it at the Police station? No arrrest? Gives you great comfort to know the thief is walking among us free.

     
  • Spikey posted at 8:52 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    Spikey Posts: 354

    He might have been the dumbest crook, but you match him by being the dumbest owner in the world. How much trouble is it to lock your car and pocket your keys. What was the cost to the tax payer for your laziness? That being said, who would want this hideous car....talk about weird taste.

     
  • mister d posted at 7:36 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    The owner may have made a mistake but the only one to blame for the theft is the scumbag crook.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 7:00 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    I agree with you cc. The thief took advantage of T.F.'s offer of a free ride.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:25 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I do not feel sorry for any dummy that leaves their keys in their vehicle.

     
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