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    Evergreen Burglary at Duthie

    Hey everybody, Thanks for your awesome support! 5 objectives to this post:
    1. Give you an update (I’m getting asked the same dozens of questions by dozens of awesome volunteers and concerned bikers ).
    2. Ask for your help as volunteer detectives – Help us call/look/surf around for the stolen stuff.
    3. Ask for your help to replace some of it.
    4. Ask for your help with trail work so we can git Duthie, Tiger and other projects completed.
    5. Let you know what we’re going to do to reduce the risk of this happening again.


    1) Update

    The robbery took place sometime between 7pm on Nov 29 (that’s when the last volunteer left the park) and 10am on Nov 30 (that’s when Kevin showed up onsite).

    The replacement value of everything stolen is close to $15K. Everything from chainsaws, leaf blower, power tools, grip hoist and rigging equipment, down to chaps, hammers, bits and packaged work gloves. My hard-tail bike, personal power tools and Shimano Saint Dakine builder’s pack were taken. Jerry Heuman’s complete 18V DeWalt power tool set was taken (which he kinda sorta donated to the club). No shovels, McLeods, Pulaskis were taken, so we can still mush on with work parties! WooHoo!

    The thieves most probably were the ones who stole our realtor’s key storage lock box 3-4 weeks ago. They used that key to get through the gate quickly. Once in the clearing, they had all the time in the world. They drilled out all of the padlock key-holes and used a special tool to break open the padlocks. None of the steel job boxes or trailer were damaged. They took the gate padlock and realtor lock box with them, but left all the broken locks behind.

    We don’t have any insurance. We investigated that several times, but the price was ridiculously expensive compared to the value of the tools. The insured goods value to policy ratio was 10-20X that of a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. We’re not covered by King County… they are self-insured. But King County is going to help us out financially. We won’t know the bottom line for a while. Much of the equipment has been collected over the years from various projects and funding sources.

    The sheriff’s deputy investigated, dusted for prints and gathered evidence yesterday morning. Evidence left on-site: a bolt cutters, strange screwdriver and a brand new (tag still on) youth archery target. We’ve started to look into what possible link this could have to the former tenants of the park: the Cedar River Bowmen.

    2) We need volunteers for detective help

    Specific items to look for: Stihl MS361 chainsaw S/N 278259296, Stihl MS362 chainsaw S/N 283554201, Stihl MS250 chainsaw S/N 286670652, Echo MS-440 chainsaw, Stihl Backpack leaf blower, Tractel GripHoist Tu-17 S/N 01226 ($1,750 list price), large 8-ton to 2-ton pulley blocks, Shimano Saint special edition Dakine Builder’s backpack, Sette black hardtail with Avid Juice brakes, Shimano Saint crankset, all black Manitou Nixon fork (no stickers), Sun Rhyno Lite wheels, Specialized DH tires (very strange build I know – it’s called leftovers + internet special). I’ll follow up with some pics.

    Look around / ask around any pawn shops in your neighborhood. A few I’ve heard that we need to check out: SuperPawn, 225 Sunset Boulevard N, Renton, (425)917-8117. Ben's Loan Inc, 1005 South 2nd Street, Renton, (425) 255-3638. Both just off of 405. Stop by and snoop around if you live/work near Renton.

    Stop by a local construction equipment auction in your neighborhood and snoop around. They are almost weekly in Kent, Kenmore, all over the place.

    And last but not least, snoop around the internet. Craigslist, pinkbike, auction sites, Ebay, etc.

    Anybody know anybody suspicious who rides Duthie? Heard anything suspicious? The sheriff says it’s most probably a gang or meth-heads.

    3) We need help replacing tools

    Just to be functional at Duthie and Tiger, we need to quickly acquire ~$4K worth of tools. Then probably another $4K-$6K to get close to our pre-heist productivity level.

    If you have access to a leaf-blower, please stop by Duthie and let’s finish the fall clean-up. The entire clearing and perimeter trail needs to be blown… all of the debris can be blown into the woods or tossed into 1 of the “green” spaces behind the orange fencing. All of the east-side FR trails (GHY, Youtz, Gravy Train, Big Tree, Ryan’s Line) need to be blown. Any time would be a great help!

    If you have an old chainsaw or power tool you’re not using, we’ll gladly take it off your hands and provide a 501c3 donation letter that is tax deductible. Do you have your eye on a new chainsaw or drill for Christmas? Do it, man! Send your old ones to Evergreen. Of course, please make sure it works. You’d be surprised by how much stuff gets “donated” that we have to then spend time & money on to take it to the dump.

    Do you know anybody in the tool biz? Ask them if they can they hook us up with a discount on tools. Or donate a tool if we buy a bunch… it’s tax deductible.

    Highest priority tools needs: chainsaw and accessories, portable drill, typical workshop tools (wrenches, screw drivers, knives, pliers, socket set, etc), tool bags, tool boxes, grip hoist and rigging equipment.

    Buy an engraved tile!

    Make a donation to Duthie.

    One of theeeee most valuable contributions you can make: Sign up as an Evergreen member… for as little as $30/year. If you're not a member, that is the very first thing you should do!

    Renew your membership at a greater level.

    4) Volunteer! Sign up for a work party!


    Now we need your sweat more than anything!! If you don’t want to do trailwork, there are other ways you can volunteer… shoot me an email: mwestra@evergreenmtb.org.

    Lead builders: round up your teams and keep the momentum going on your trails. We still have all the pulaskis, mcleods and shovels we need.

    5) Moving Forward

    Insurance probably still won’t make sense. Better locks probably means they would have just destroyed the trailer and the job boxes to get inside, so don’t make sense. We don’t have permission for a cargo container (that was the very first thing we asked for).

    What can we do…?
    • Haul the expensive stuff in & out of Duthie every day. It’s a huge productivity hit and we’d increase the risk of our cars getting broken into, but overall the risk is lower, and it sure lowers the risk of getting cleaned out again.
    • Spread the hand tools out in lock boxes across the park. Lowers the risk of getting cleaned out again.
    • Definitely have to look into how we can beef up the lock on the main gate. Don’t know how… any ideas?
    • Motion triggered cameras?
    • Stop using the realtor key storage lock box idea. We may never have been hit if we hadn’t started using that.


    Huge thanks again for everything you do for mountain biking in Washington State!!

    Dig on!!!! Ride on!!!!

    Cheers,
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    Mike I have a used-one-time Dewalt reciprocating saw with blades I've been meaning to sell on Craigslist. If Evergreen can use it it's yours.

    Would it work for you if I just gave it to Chad next time I see him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubilee View Post
    Mike I have a used-one-time Dewalt reciprocating saw with blades I've been meaning to sell on Craigslist. If Evergreen can use it it's yours.
    Would it work for you if I just gave it to Chad next time I see him?
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    Absolutely most def !!!! Thanks Bill!

    3 recip saws were taken... club's portable Rigid, Jerry's portable DeWalt and my powered Rigid as well as many wrecking blades (donated by Jerry).

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    Which model Stihl blower? I have had 2 stolen and keep an eye out for them already. If it were me I would look into a covered locking trailer and haul all tools out nightly. I own a landscape business and that is what I had to do after 2 break ins.
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    Can we earmark $$$ donated to Evergreen?

    I'll make a donation today, but want part of it to be for specific purchase, can we do this? I'd like a portion of my donation to go to general fund for the loss, but the remainder of it towards a fund for replacement of Westra's hardtail. Can we do that, and will the Alliance support a special designation for that?

    I'd like to funnel $$$ thru the Alliance is that it is tax deductible, and employer matching will double any donation, so a special fund via the Alliance will go further than outside taxable donations.

    If we can't get a special fund for the hardtail via Evergreen, it would be cool if we could set up such outside of the club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stempson@mac.com View Post
    Which model Stihl blower? I have had 2 stolen and keep an eye out for them already. If it were me I would look into a covered locking trailer and haul all tools out nightly. I own a landscape business and that is what I had to do after 2 break ins.
    Thanks! Stihl BR550. We're going to have to haul the expensive stuff in & out every day in our cars. Unfortunately impossible for us to haul the trailer in&out every day... lotsa reasons.

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    Sent link to this thread to someone I know at the WTA office.
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    Ill renew tomorrow with a small donation to the Duthie replacement fund! Wish it could be more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenobonn View Post
    I'll make a donation today, but want part of it to be for specific purchase, can we do this? I'd like a portion of my donation to go to general fund for the loss, but the remainder of it towards a fund for replacement of Westra's hardtail. Can we do that, and will the Alliance support a special designation for that?

    I'd like to funnel $$$ thru the Alliance is that it is tax deductible, and employer matching will double any donation, so a special fund via the Alliance will go further than outside taxable donations.

    If we can't get a special fund for the hardtail via Evergreen, it would be cool if we could set up such outside of the club.
    Awesome! Thanks Ken! You can specify where you'd like your donation to go in the comments field Donate. You could just say "Duthie Heist". The transactions are committed to projects/accounts manually.

    But absolutely no need to worry about my hardtail. I left it there mostly as a guinnea pig bike (when we need to try out new features) or a loaner for volunteers who want to take a spin after a work party. My spine is probably too old and messed up to ever get a hardtail again . Besides, the waaay totally awesome folks in the bikey industry have already made me some very generous offers on a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Monkeyboy View Post
    Ill renew tomorrow with a small donation to the Duthie replacement fund! Wish it could be more!
    Schoooweeeeeet! Thanks!

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    Scum. Renewed

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    Bummed...

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    Unreal. We've had our share of bandito attacks out here, but this takes the cake.

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    I'll renew today (a little early) and throw in a little extra.

    P.S. The link on the Evergreen MTB home page to this forum is broken; it's missing the 'l' in "html".

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    This is the worst I have heard of. We lost a few tools out at Henry's but they were relatively inexpensive hand tools. Possible solutions: Stronger box, better locks, multiple game cameras, do not leave expensive items, dispersed hidden tool caches. Not really new ideas I admit but they might help.

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    Hmmm.... Sorry to hear you guys got hit, too. The coincidence is interesting to say the least...

    NWTA ST240 Singletrack trailbuilding machine STOLEN
    dig...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwestra2 View Post
    Absolutely most def !!!! Thanks Bill!

    3 recip saws were taken... club's portable Rigid, Jerry's portable DeWalt and my powered Rigid as well as many wrecking blades (donated by Jerry).

    Okay, I'll shoot Chad a message. I still can't believe this much stuff was nicked.
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    Wish we could order Duthie tiles that read "Thieves Suck!"

    Donation made.

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    Buy a tile to build Duthie

    link above to buy a tile at Duthie

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    Live in Renton - can check the pawn shops

    I'm a renton local, so will swing by the pawn shops and see if anything shows up. I'm assuming if I find any of them, I should just call the cops right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toowacky View Post
    Hmmm.... Sorry to hear you guys got hit, too. The coincidence is interesting to say the least...

    NWTA ST240 Singletrack trailbuilding machine STOLEN
    Its a conspiracy... Both cases are awful and I feel for the crew leads and volunteers that put in the time and money to attain those tools and equipment. I'm sure in reality these are probably isolated incidents devised by crack heads, but I couldn't help but think that maybe some a$$hole trail contractor got an overseas contract and wanted to enlarge his profit margins. Is there a way to check suspicious outgoing shipping containers? I know that when we've shipped equipment in containers there is not much oversight as to what goes in them. I don't know where you would start to look into that, but it definitely seems like someone knew what they were after. Both clubs seem to have incredible support so I know your people will rally and eventually recover... but it sure blows.

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    More and more thanks for all of your awesome support. Drill, recip saw, portable drill/circ saw set headed our way. We also have several volunteers contacting retailers and manufacturers for tool discounts. So schweeeet!

    And...

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    Are donations in the form of purchasing tiles considered tax-deductible?
    Short answer: yes! they are considered a donation.

    Long official answer: donations to Duthie which are recognized with Duthie tiles are generally tax deductible. Although there is a cost for the tile (albeit small) there is no tangible, marketable value of goods and service to you. In cases where there is a tangible benefit to you, for example fundraising dinners, you have to subtract the value of the goods received from the donation amount and only the difference is deductible. That doesn’t apply to the tile and your entire donation is deductible. Deductability for any donation for purposes of your personal taxes can be dependent on individual circumstances so you may want to consult with a tax adviser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbfalken View Post
    I'm a renton local, so will swing by the pawn shops and see if anything shows up. I'm assuming if I find any of them, I should just call the cops right away.
    Yep. Case # is 11-266436 with the King County Sheriff's dept.

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    Also renewed and donated. Damn them, I hope Karma kicks them good.
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    Oh, hey before I forget. I have an 18V DeWalt driver / drill with battery charger Evergreen's welcome to have.

    The batteries don't work (although I kept them.)

    Don't know why it took me this long to think of it, I've been figuring out what to do with it for years. :-)

    I'd pop for new batteries if the drill's useful.

    Oh, and my chainsaw is yours for a while if you can use a smaller one.


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    Thanks everyone. Many Duthie Tile orders and donation notifications appearing in my Evergreen mailbox. I went and took a full time job a few weeks ago and don't have the time to respond as fast as I did when I was retired.

    Quick estimate is we have raised a few thousand dollars, we need more so please dig deep if you can and thanks if you have donated.

    Then there is the personal property that was stolen - like Mike's bike. I think we are going to come up with something separate and special to deal with that one.

    If you have any ideas about fund raising you can email me at ralph@evergreeenmtb.org (Evergreen pays with an email account and some really nice business cards)
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    Very schweeeet to hear about all the new tile orders, donations and Evergreen memberships! Thanks and keep 'em coming!

    Quick note: the theft impacts many Evergreen projects. Those tools were used at (and will be needed at) Duthie, Tiger, Colonnade, South Fork, Tolt, Grand Ridge and the statewide trail maintenance program (yep, it's looking like we'll have one next year, too). Funding for the tools came from your donations as well as grants from Colonnade (City), Duthie (County), Tiger (State) and the Trail Maint Program (Federal).

    @Ralph, seriously, no need to worry about my bike.

    @Rolland, hang on to that drill for a spell. We may be getting some 18V DeWalt batteries. I'll keep you posted.

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    Don't forget about garage sales, I just got a hammer and 2 files for a buck.
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    Just bought a smaller tile. Hope it helps.

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    Thanks Luke!
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    Wife said she saw a news article on KOMO 4 (said Mike looked really good on TV)

    this could be good for donation help.

    $15,000 in nonprofit group's tools stolen from King County park | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News

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    What's the easiest way for non MTB people to buy me a donation for Christmas. I have what I need, all I want for Christmas is a place to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c25porter View Post
    What's the easiest way for non MTB people to buy me a donation for Christmas. I have what I need, all I want for Christmas is a place to ride.
    Schweeeet and easy... Donate

    Thanks!!!!

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    Another way is a gift membership in Evergreen for someone who is looking for a gift for their MTB people. Go here.

    If someone wanted to buy a tile this way they could order up a gift membership for someone and select the "Small Ring $100" membership and then include what they want on the tile in the comments. The individual tiles are two lines of up to 18 characters.
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    Sorry to hear about the theft. Just renewed my elapsed membership in support. I have a tile at Duthie also.

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    i read through this thread, last night, and it definitely got my blood boiling. it sounds like the thieves put a lot of thought and effort into the robbery. it definitely wasn't some random dudes taking advantage of a chance opportunity. something else i was thinking about was the thieves' connection to duthie. my only friends who know about duthie are riders, and i feel that the only people who would know anything was kept onsite would have had to have visited the park at least once as a rider. i don't know how well the "meth head" argument holds up. i would think that more plausible if this happened at colonnade, but then, i don't know anyone who enjoy mountain biking as a side hobby to tweaking.

    mike, do you have any pictures of your bike that was stolen?

    i'm going to give a christmas donation once i get home.

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    I think its really hard to say if its an inside job or not. Man, I just have to say no to that thought. The one thing I can say about thieves is that they are very resourceful. I could imagine a methead driving past the Duthie lot and seeing all those expensive vehicles with expensive bikes and wondering what goods lie beyond.

    Never underestimate the criminal mind. Thieves may be stupid about a lot of things (probably most things) but when it comes to criminal opportunity they can be geniuses.

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    Some strange coincidences... Tools from NWTA, Habitat for Humanity and Evergreen all hit the same night. Also, they left that archery target behind. Hmmmm. But IMHO, I don't think there was any connection. There was so much construction traffic leading up to the robbery...
    • All summer shelter construction was going on... excavator to dig the foundation, concrete truck, gravel trucks, carpenters trucks, etc. were running in and out of the clearing.
    • Then in late Oct, there was all the clearing work... excavators, backhoes, crawlers, fencing truck, lotsa gravel trucks, hydroseeding truck, etc. Right after that is when the realtor key lock box was stolen.
    • Then in November, more trucks... turfstones, lumber, mini excavator.
    • Also all the WTA Grand Ridge work parties... rock, gravel, lumber constantly being trucked in, dumped, loaded with mini excavator and then hauled in power toters down to the bog.


    ...it could have easily been noticed and set off a "let's check that out" alarm with the scumbags.

    On a positive note, the NWTA machine was found and we (Evergreen) are back up & running at ~100%. Thanks sooooo much for all the donations, new memberships, tile purchases!! What an awesome community!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikey_korean View Post
    mike, do you have any pictures of your bike that was stolen? i'm going to give a christmas donation once i get home.
    Thanks John!

    It's a black Sette Shadow (freeride hardtail) with a strange build... Saint crankset, Sun rims, Chunder tires, Manitou Nixon coil fork (no labels), Race Face DH bars and stem, Thomson seat post.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mwestra2 View Post
    we (Evergreen) are back up & running at ~100%. Thanks sooooo much for all the donations, new memberships, tile purchases!! What an awesome community!
    It was really cool to see, and hear how the community really rallied.

    Lots of work left, heading for the finish line.
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