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post #1 of 7 Old 04-21-2015, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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STOLEN 4/16 - Chinatown area

My Jeep was just stolen Thursday April 16, between 3 and 7 AM right out of my driveway near Spring Mountain & Rainbow in Las Vegas. I'll get some pictures up asap, in the meantime it's still like the pic to the left:
  • green with khaki soft top at time of theft
    33" A/T's
    Eagle five-spoke alloy wheels
    no cover on the spare
    partially eroded 'Arizona State University' sticker on driver side rear bumper
    large yellow heart decal in upper driver's side windshield that says "Car Camping"
    milk jugs removed from front bumper with flat plastic end-caps; jugs still on rear bumper

If anyone sees this, please keep your eyes peeled! I appreciate your support.


98 TJ - Stolen 4/16/15 on westside of Las Vegas
98 TJ - Recovered 5/24/15 still on westside of Las Vegas!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-23-2015, 09:34 PM
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That sucks! I will definitely keep an eye out, please keep us posted with any updates
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-25-2015, 02:08 PM
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dang, that sucks. Post up some pictures if it is still missing.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-04-2015, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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Still no luck, it's been over two weeks now so I'm losing hope that it was just a joyride situation and would turn up on the side of the road somewhere. I was able to dig up some pictures though.

License Plate at the time it was stolen was the standard blue Nevada: [ 648 LYX ]

















The doors and soft top were both on when it was taken - a tan/khaki colored Bestop with windows you could hardly see through they were so worn.

Stock spare tire carrier, stock fender flares and front and rear bumper. On the front passenger side fender flare there is a melted groove from jumper cables that shorted directly above the tire, kinda looks like two cigarette burns side by side.

There is a small, blue oval Nantucket sticker above each of the rear tail lights.

Has a red Rancho steering stabilizer might be visible from the front. And black JKS Quick Disconnects if you're that close.

The wheels should be the dead giveaway though, they are some random five-spoke Eagle Wheels 15's with 33" BFG A/T's.

I am offering $1,000 reward on Craigslist and to the taxi companies for anyone that locates it leading to the vehicle's return, same offer applies to any fellow forum member as well. Please reply or PM if you get lucky and see it cruising. Thanks for your help!

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-04-2015, 07:47 PM
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you ever get your rig back?
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-11-2015, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah dude!!! Metro PD called on my birthday about 6 weeks after it was stolen and said they found my Jeep and I could come pick it up. It was parked in front of an abandoned house in a run down neighborhood just north of the 95 at Jones Rd, about 5 miles from my house, and was completely molestered. The whole thing spray painted black, mostly gutted, and apparently ready for a stage 2 teardown. There were even parts in it that didn't come from my car - I looked them up and they came off a Chevy Avalanche. The cops said "well they're yours now".






Even so, I am so happy to have it back in any form since I didn't have comprehensive coverage at the time. And I actually don't mind the black spray paint, it looks meaner than ever! The biggest losses are that the top was gone so I have to figure that out, and the spare tire and carrier were completely gone - losing a brand new BFG A/T 33 x 12.5 that didn't have a single mile on it - and the matching wheel which I'm sure I'll never be able to replace, as my wheels are a random set of probably 20 year old American Eagles. Still not sure what I'm going to do about that...I don't want to buy a new set over it so I might just go with a mismatched 5th wheel. Otherwise I'm completely stoked to have it back.

The didn't catch anybody, but I do have a can of Dr. Pepper and a vegetable peeler (the murder weapon) with trace evidence on it...the cops were not at all interested in running it through CODIS though.

98 TJ - Stolen 4/16/15 on westside of Las Vegas
98 TJ - Recovered 5/24/15 still on westside of Las Vegas!
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-11-2015, 11:15 PM
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Glad to hear you got your Jeep back!

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