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 Posted: Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009 04:22 AM
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Tom Rolfe Racing shop broken into & equipment stolen/ Up to $50,000 reward for arrest & return of all racing parts

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – The sprint car community is advised to be on the lookout as on Sunday night January 11 the Tom Rolfe Racing team headquarters located in Chico, California was broken into and several expensive items totaling over a quarter of a million dollars were stolen from the shop. 

Past drivers of the Tom Rolfe Racing No. 10 sprinter include San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, Chico’s Jonathan and Stephen Allard, Visalia’s Blake Robertson, Oroville’s Sean Becker and many others. 

This past season saw father and son combo Sammy and Kevin Swindell have much success late in the year aboard the Rolfe Racing No. 10 with Kevin winning the Western World Championships at Manzanita and the Louie Vermeil Classic in Calistoga. Sammy finished runner-up at the 15th annual Trophy Cup in Tulare and also scored a 5th place finish at the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico. 

All of the equipment taken from the shop was to be used towards Kevin and Sammy Swindell for the 2009 sprint car racing season. Up to a $50,000 reward is up for the arrest and return of all racing equipment. Since multiple people are likely to be involved in this, any individual with info leading to the arrest and return of equipment will be given total immunity. 

The list of items stolen from the Tom Rolfe Racing Shop includes: 

-Three 410 Don Ott engines

-One 360 Don Ott open engine 

-Six brand new ultra lite all titanium Winters rear ends

-Six complete front ends

-Four KSE steering boxes with pumps

-Four ignition boxes

-24 Hoosier tires

-30 weld wheels combinations

-Five sets of Red Devil brake systems

-Multiple sets of nerf bars

-Four sets of gauges

-Three sets of birdcages

-Two oil pans

-Quad rims and tires

-Various tools

-A television, a computer and a printer


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Anyone caught with the parts will be prosecuted to the full extent.

Anybody with tips and information can please contact the Butte County Sheriffs Department at 530-538-7321 and ask for Andrew Duch. 



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Hope they catch who did this. Is the trucking company @ the same location Gar, or a diff locale?



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Where in the heck were the police? It must have taken quite some time to load that much stuff up.

Thieves piss me off to no end. I hope they catch them and they get to spend some time in the big house.



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What no alarm?  With that much high dollar stuff, think I would have some sort of alarm.  Appears they knew exactly what they were looking for...........

Even as small as our race team is, I have every serial number to every part on the engine, car, ect. written down and safely filed away. Tools are the same way.  Chance has a unique mark he puts on all of his tools..........unless you knew it was there or saw him apply it, you wouldn't know it's there. 

Just can't have too many safety measures this day and age. Hope they catch the yahoos who did this.



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Catch em....and then break every bone in their hands...steal now ya fn thieves.  Man that pisses me off.  :X

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ChancesMom wrote: What no alarm?  With that much high dollar stuff, think I would have some sort of alarm.  Appears they knew exactly what they were looking for...........

Even as small as our race team is, I have every serial number to every part on the engine, car, ect. written down and safely filed away. Tools are the same way.  Chance has a unique mark he puts on all of his tools..........unless you knew it was there or saw him apply it, you wouldn't know it's there. 

Just can't have too many safety measures this day and age. Hope they catch the yahoos who did this.

I mentioned the same thing to Gary about the alarm. I wondered if either the alarm was not turned on, which should have alerted the alarm co (if there was one), or if it was an inside job, where someone knew the code to turn the alarm on & off.



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Good questions!  The "inside deal" crossed my mind too. Hope someone keeps us all aprised of the outcome on this.

Since I'm not a sprint car person, does the sprint stuff interchange with any other race car?

I agree Jeff...........nothing makes me any more mad than someone stealing, no matter the value. 



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Just pisses me off....anyone steals anything from me...they better hope I am not home.  There will be some dead or hurtin mf's.  I work too fn hard for that crap.  Inside job or not the people should be hurt and hurt bad hahaha:X

 

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MandGRacing96 wrote: Just pisses me off....anyone steals anything from me...they better hope I am not home.  There will be some dead or hurtin mf's.  I work too fn hard for that crap.  Inside job or not the people should be hurt and hurt bad hahaha:X

 

Somebody steals from me all I want to do is remove that Mfer from the face of the earth, were to easy on the crimnal in this country.


 



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Hey Jeff, you have been around racing a long time, especially sprints.....

Do you notice anything odd about the list of items alledgly stolen. Somthings dosn't add up. Hopefully, one way or another they are able to run this year.

I agree than crimes such a theift is let go tooooo easily.



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parkerracing wrote:

Do you notice anything odd about the list of items alledgly stolen. Somthings dosn't add up. 



So, Mr. Parker..........For us not so familar with Sprint peeps, what's the oddities?



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I do notice some odd things...alot of the things they stole...can never be used or sold without a very good chance of being caught and turned in.  Engines, rear ends, steering boxes (off the top of my head) have serial numbers...anyone with half a brain would keep a inventory of those number.  Maybe they were on the computer that was stolen too?  Also very specific things stolen...for racing I mean ...nothin else cept the pc were stolen. 

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racefanracefan wrote: MandGRacing96 wrote: Just pisses me off....anyone steals anything from me...they better hope I am not home.  There will be some dead or hurtin mf's.  I work too fn hard for that crap.  Inside job or not the people should be hurt and hurt bad hahaha:X

 

Somebody steals from me all I want to do is remove that Mfer from the face of the earth, were to easy on the crimnal in this country.


 


Thats putting it lightly-


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story in paper and interview with Rolfe

http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_11457895?source=rv



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Good read.  However, I am surprised there wasn't any insurance coverage.



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I am not sure weather he owned the property or was rented. Either way, lotsa folks skimp on insurance. 1, if there is insurance, what was the deductable and what was the insured limit. 2, prof of property loss. Ya gotta prove you owned it, and that it was there.

The article doesn't indicate anything about insurance, and he has 50k to put up out of pocket for a reward.

I think for him the point was, some one he knows in one way or another just hauled off 1/4mill in parts that he or his sponsors have payed for and he ain't to happy about it.

Hopefully those parts haven't already been shipped out of the states...........



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Beyond me why someone wouldn't have the contents insured.  It's not expensive.  A $300,00 policy that covers, theft, fire, water damage, wind damage, earth quake, building replacement and a number of other mishaps, is only $453 a year with a deductible of $1000. Plus medical for everyone but the owner.

A renters policy is cheaper.

Proving what you own is a very simple thing to do.  Insurance companies even accept videos of the contentents as proof of ownership.

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I just hate to say this, but this is a very, very weird story. It just doesn't compute.

One suspects that all the facts will never be known.

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Debbie, while in a claim for household items, pictures of a couch, t.v.s and other items does show that they where there that day and in cases of water damage or fire, it would be very easy to see that there was still a couch, tv and all your other belongings......

In the case of theft, specially on non-household items, things take a BIG turn when it comes to getting a check back on a policy you may have had for decades. With out receipts or invoices to show proof of WHO owned the items. and in the case of multiple items such as this case, a log of recurring periodic inventory of those items an insurance company can and will make you work a little before they cut a check.

In the world of racing, it is difficult to get coverage on many items, and here is the pinch. If YOU don't disclose the purpose of the vehicle for instance, if and when you make a claim you can srew yourself out of other items you should be covered for because you misrepresented what the items are. I don't make it up. it's just what they do....

Here is the reasoning, race cars, race boats, race planes, race motorcylces etc. are vehicles that we as owners all knowingly. and repeatably put in harms way, unlike you daily street car, boat, plane.

Futher more, most race vehicles and their parts do not have vin or ID numbrs and since race vehicles aren't registered with the state, it much more difficult for ploice agencies to aid in the recovery of those items, therefore they are a higher risk for the insurance company.

It would be wise to review policies and ask not your insurance broker, but the company itself about coverage. It was an eye opener when I looked into what was covered for our race trailer. Their was a 5k limit on "Contents" and a clause refering to not covering items used for "speed contest".............

Say hi to Chance for me!



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Your "Hi" to Chance was delivered and he said," back atcha'".

I was very careful when we purchased the insurance for our racing equipment and talked with several companies before deciding on the one we have. The minute you say racing, agents tend to run.  Our policy doesn't care what the contents are used for (as long as it's not an illegal activity) as long as the contents are on our property. The race car is covered for theft and fire or any damage caused by a hazard that occurs in the building it is housed in. As long as I can prove the damage wasn't there before parking it.

 BTW.......Our race car does have a serial number on the chassis in a couple of different places as does the motor, the heads, the carb, ect.  All of which have been copied and stored in a safe place.  And I have a video of all of the racing stuff as well as everything from bikes to horse equipment that is stored in the shop.  The racing equipment in and on our trailer is covered (replacement cost) in the same manner as long as we can provide proof of ownership. The race car is NOT covered should we wreck the trailer and the race car is damaged. In other words, no cargo insurance on the race car with our policy. Cargo insurance is a tad funny in it's own right. 

If you have a cap on the coverage for your trailer contents, I would think you could purchase a rider or more coverage on your existing policy. 5 grand doesn't cover much when it comes to stuff for racing. 

Your insurance coverage is only as good as your agent. Every insurance company has different exemptions as do the different States. Go the extra mile and buy replacement cost on your policy for all of your equipment.  It's very inexpensive and well worth it if you are ripped off .

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There was talk on another board that the motors would probably be (tried to anyways) shipped to New Zealand or Austrailia....with the influx of american teams and drivers ya think that they would really watch out for stuff that had been stolen over here.  I think these fn morons will be found.  And put in jail for too short of time.  Get out of jail and break the law again.  Chop off one of their hands...steal somethin now ya f'n thief. :X

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I would imagine all of the stuff missing would take a well planned heist with knowledge of the content and security of the building with one heck of a truck to get off with it all undetected. 

We had one break in "attempt" in our shop at 1:00 a.m. years ago and thankfully I was working graveyard and had been home for an hour or so,  we had them covered in seconds of the first kick to the door.  Still puts a smile on my face they got theirs and I kept mine.

Whoever did it, needs theirs as well and hopefully they will get caught.  Chico is a small town in the big picture, so somebody will slip up and the word will get back of who did it.  The list would be suspicious goods for somebody not in the sport trying to sell and the only buyer would be in the sport.  You'll find em...:cool:



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