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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jwnunez, Aug 4, 2015.
I feel safer.
I believe here they would need to have a VIN assigned to register the trailer as a homemade trailer but I might be off on that one. I know VIN switches can be a problem on cars but I was not aware it was an issue on small cargo type trailers.
Man, that's a relief!
It's a shame that today's kids still have to suffer as a result of a little issue between Cru and Sgt. Smith way back in the 80's.
SuperAmerica will never see a dime from me!
Vart!!! Hide the URET! They're coming for it!!!
oh, wait... he isn't here.
Who the F cares?!?!?!
Would that this were the biggest issue we had to deal with...
Hate to side with the cops, but, I have some knowledge about this trailer business....(no going any further with that)
but it is really easy to register a trailer as "homemade" here in FL, at least it was few years ago.
That trailer that was pictured does NOT look homemade....aside from that once the vin tag is gone how will they identify who it really belongs to?
Sounds to me like the law makers should be thrown in jail.
Sometimes I wonder if this sort of thing isn't an early glimpse at the biggest issue we have to deal with.
Show me your papers.
One would think that, in the trailer example, there would be a mutually beneficial way that the 'owner' and the arm of the government trying to investigate the origins of the trailer could proceed without having to confiscate it right there on the spot. A citation with a summons to appear?
Well this isn't the first time a small Texas jurisdiction has gotten enthralled with the revenue they can generate from our ridiculous civil asset forfeiture laws. I loved the Sheriff's quote; "Your noticing that we are seizing more trailers because we just gave our officers training..."
If they made that, they should forget about biking and go into the custom trailer line. That looks identical to any number of trailers we have behind teh building right now. All commercially made.
So, which is it? Was the VIN # part replaced, or was it there with evidence of a scratched off VIN, or was the part replaced with another part with a scratched off VIN?
And, alas, the trailer was stolen...
If the DMV registered it and accepted tax money, would that make them an accessory to the crime?
Yes the Sheriff was adamant the trailer was stolen, but perhaps you can explain how they know that when the same Sheriff also said that there were NO vin (hence identification) numbers on the trailer in question?
He (the Sheriff) also spent a great deal of his on camera time trying to deflect the discussion to the other 14 trailers his deputies had recently seized and how '75% were proven to be stolen'...
I always doubt the honesty of a lay person who switches to percent when talking about such small numbers. I also wonder if those that were 'proven' stolen simply were not reclaimed by the people they were seized from. It is well documented just how costly trying to retrieve your property back when the government has used civil asset forfeiture is.
Nothing like teaching kids to have a healthy distrust of the law and law enforcers.
Yes, particularly when you consider that regardless of the status of the trailer, there were approximately $10,000 in bicycles in that trailer that belonged to the children on the school cycling team. Those were also seized by the officer as stolen property. Of course, since they have gotten such news coverage they at least will likely eventually get their property back... But I doubt they would have without that news coverage. Sounds like Alverage PD needs one of those Margarita machines that the Houston area PD purchased with their asset forfeiture funds...