Hey guys, I'm in Garland, TX (Near Dallas, TX). Woke up this morning to find my van had been broken into last night. If any of you guys visit pawn shops or whatever please keep an eye out for these tools:
Testo 550 with hoses (~$400)
Smith Versa-Torch Oxygen Acetylene with yellow regulator protectors ($450)
Fluke 161 multimeter (120)
Fluke 902 (150? dont remember)
Klein multimeter amp clamp (dont know model) (120)
Veto ProPac LC (Christmas present from wife , maybe 150?)
DTEK Select leak detector (370)
Yellow Jacket 41 gauges with hoses (120)
JB gauges (didn't pay for these found on a roof)
Yellow Jacket Vacuum Tree with two 3/8" black vacuum hoses and a 12" 1/4 vacuum hose (~300)
SureFire Saint headlamp (150? Christmas present from my Father)
Husky 3-drawer toolbox (35)
Ridgid flaring tool ratcheting (the awesome one) (150.00)
Imperial pinch off tool, tubing benders, swaging tools (100)
Lots of awesome hand tools - mostly Klein, ChannelLock - at least 500 prob more
Also stole some of company's stuff - 2 drums R22, 1 drum 404a, 1 drum 134a, all the soft copper tubing, THHN wiring.
I'm estimating about a $3000 - 3500 loss for myself. Not counting company's stuff. I already spent 2000 today buying tools, and I didn't go back with digital gauges, just some yellow jacket analogs for now.
For those religious please pray for our family as we are expecting twins in December and we have been saving our money for a MiniVan. Now all that money is spent on replacing my tools.
I installed hockey-puck locks on the van today. I am also considering an alarm with an indicator on the remote key fob to alert me.
The theft happened last night while we were asleep. The van was parked directly outside of our bedroom window in an apt complex, barely 6 ft away from our bedroom window. We have lived in the apt complex for 4 years and never anything stolen. (We even accidentally left our car door wide open one night a year ago and nothing was touched. It's not a bad neighborhood.)
They punched out the locks in the driver side cab door and the rear cargo door. Didn't even damage the plastic handles, just punched out the locks and opened it up. It looks too dang easy. It's frustrating emotionally and it is frustrating since we have worked so hard saving up money. But we are trying to be positive and move on.
Of course we filed police report, too. Thanks for your help.