STOLEN/ $1500 REWARD Mesa Boogie Mark III Hardwood 3 piece"Stack" FLORIDA

Discussion in 'Stolen or Lost Gear Registry' started by Strathog, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. chumbucket

    chumbucket Supporting Member

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    Sounds like the buyer is trying to pull a fast one. Why else would he want USPS to "drop the case"?
    Hey OP how do you know this amp has left Florida?
     
  2. Strathog

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    Exactly, I dont think it takes Sherlock Holmes to figure it out, and he has offered much more self-incriminating evidence than that including a multitude of false statements given to me, the local police, to paypal, and to the USPS.

    I dont know for a fact that the amp has left the Florida area but the local police investigation revealed that the recipient left Florida the Sunday after the Friday the Mesa was delivered on, for a trip to New York. It was also discovered that he made a stop in Wake Forest North Carolina on his way to New York. The initial thought was he may have brought the amp with him and "stashed it" at a relatives in NC or NY but it could be anywhere....

    It was also discovered and confirmed that in addition to being informed of the delivery date the day it was shipped, the recipient had signed up for USPS tracking updates for each of the 3 packages and was being text notified at each of the three packages stops along the way. He received one update at each stop along the way for each package. So 3 times each stop; including 3 the morning of delivery stating they had arrived at the local destination Post Office, another 3 texts indicating the 3 packages "were out for delivery" , and another 3 texts indicating that the 3 packages had been delivered. He claims he had "phone reception issues" and denied receiving the texts. Then after being informed his phone records would be checked he admitted receiving the texts but stated "not until 2 days after the packages were delivered". And there's much more.....
    The local police asked if he would be willing to take a polygraph and he immediately refused to answer any more questions, and directed that any further questions be made through his attorney.

    The investigations are ongoing, but even if he is charged and convicted that wont guarantee the return of my Boogie, or the return of my funds from paypal whom I consider complicit in the theft.
    From the beginning the paypal representatives continuously lied to me, including the supervisor who stated "if you can provide paypal with a letter from the USPS (on USPS stationary) supervisor who delivered the 3 packages we will reverse the decision and immediately return your funds" who then after being provided said letter refused to honor that agreement.
    Paypal have since blocked my emails, locked my account, and when I've tried repeatedly to talk to them on the phone have intentionally entered my number into their "don't answer"database. They also have deliberately placed me on hold for hours (without ever answering) when called from a different phone number and identifying myself.
    After 1500 positive transactions over 17 years without a single complaint that's the best they can do ? What kind of a supposed reputable professional service deals with customer service in such an unprofessional manner ?

    Thanks Again for the concern and help, and please keep an eye out !
     
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  3. chumbucket

    chumbucket Supporting Member

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    Wow. What a scam artist. I hope that he gets tripped up and they throw the book at him. Theft, mail fraud, the whole nine yards.
    Godspeed and good luck!
     
  4. mooncobra

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    I am sorry this happened! I cant believe guitarists and fellow musicians steal from other musicians. insanity. also, paypal is THE WORST. they screwed me twice. I avoid them at all cost!
     
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  5. Valvehog

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    Still sounds odd, the address you show on the letter is for a condo in Ormond Beach Florida. Pretty sure the mailboxes at condos are not big
    enough to accommodate a Mesa stack, in which case it would usually have been left in the office of the condos. There is no one in that office that
    can or will attest to this very large item being delivered there? In the shipping box it would have been even bigger, and pretty much impossible to miss.

    Also, as said above, the PO should be liable for your loss if you paid for delivery
    confirmation by signature, and seemingly should honor such a claim because they dropped the ball, resulting in your loss. Or did they just say you'll have to "SUE USPS" ?
     
  6. Strathog

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    I am not at liberty to discuss every detail, but briefly - the USPS denies responsibility and states "we are not responsible for the security of the package once delivered" .
    The investigation is ongoing and so are my claims against the recipient, the USPS, and paypal whom I consider complicit and as dishonest as the thief.

    Thanks again to everyone keeping an eye out !
     
  7. Jimmy_Rage

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    This is really terrible to hear about, I'm not sure how they can deliver an amp and two 1x12s to any mailbox.

    Isn't there a security camera system at the condo?

    Also, was the package insured? Should be fairly open and shut if the buyer says he did not get the package.
     
  8. Strathog

    Strathog Supporting Member

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    Still looking and the REWARD has increased to $1500 please keep an eye open !
    Thanks to all for the support !

    $1500 REWARD
     
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  9. Machew

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    The simplest answer is usually correct. He has the amp.
     
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  10. Supercubziggy

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    I think this is correct. The question is how to get it back without causing bodily injury to someone. Anymore i feel like the law is on the side of the criminal. Even when something is handed to them in a giftwrapped box.
     
  11. GtrGeorge!

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    I see you hit like on my comments from January. I appreciate that,
    And fwiw: I hit my GC in Commack NY approx once a week EVERY week (GAS attacks)....and hasnt gone thru there. Not since january. Sure COVID stopped everything for a while there..but then again..it stopped it for everyone, including my GC store...so you can know for a fact it hasnt gone through this GC.
    btw: Fitzer has a point...if you can find ANY excuse to visit florida..Do it. Visit the premises of that house. Take pics for analysis later. File with the local police. Visit the neighbors ..get a handle on who lived there..or used to live there. You might get some serious leads. You only need 2 or 3 days off to do it, and you can hit something else in Fla for fun (Diznee?).
     
  12. *J*

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    Couldn’t resist googling that address. It’s listed on Zillow for sale. There’s a couple of pics of the inside with some Marshall half stacks. Wonder if he stole them too. best of luck to you. Hope you can get that amp back. I’m in Brooklyn and spend lots of time in NYC and Long Island. Will keep an eye out for it.
     
  13. frankencat

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    I will keep any out for it and contact you if it comes into my shop. Hope you get it back.
     
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  14. slider313

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    I'm in NC and about 45 minutes from Wake Forest. I'll keep my eyes open. That one will be very easy to spot; even just the head.
     
  15. Valvehog

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    The guy has it stashed somewhere.. he knows it's too hot to bring out anywhere in public by now.. and it's like a stolen Van Gogh or something,
    you'd have to be amp illiterate to not know it's a special piece in that condition, and at the price he would command.
    He has it.. but not much he can do with it.. probably not easy to find a buyer as low and shady as he is tho to actually cash in on it...

    GC is actually required in many states to put a "thief" hold on used/vintage stuff that comes
    into inventory.. maybe someone here knows the drill. So unlikely this slimeball
    would have the cojones to show up at one of their counters with it. Dumb move.
    Also they wouldn't give him jack for it.. compared to his risk.


    whaddaya say guys? probably in a storage unit or basement? tucked away somewhere for sale years later..

    old news, but good news.. never give up hope...

    http://ledzepnews.com/2019/04/05/he...black-beauty-guitar-which-was-stolen-in-1970/
     
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  16. WebCatty

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    If you file a claim with the FBI Internet Crimes Reporting website: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx and get a case number, you can dispute it with PayPal. Because the payment was processed via the internet, you can file with them. I had that happen to me with an item I sold from my shop and the person said they didn't get it. It's a pain, but if you pursue it and give PayPal the screenshot of the IC3 case number from that website and all other supporting info you have, they should refund you. It just depends on the person you contact....and you HAVE to speak with a live human being at PayPal...if you get one that isn't really interested in helping you, ask for someone else. You can appeal their decision. Be persistent. Be the squeaky (but nice) wheel. Hope this is of help to you. (my hubby calls me the "PitCat"... cuz I'm stubborn) =D
     
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  17. *J*

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    You sound like my girlfriend ;)
    You should’ve seen her go after the booking company after our trip to Denmark got cancelled because of the Covid. the country shut its borders to foreigners, the airlines cancelled the flights and they still wouldn’t refund the money.
    she got it. I would’ve given up.
    Sorry for the derail...back to helping this guy get his money and justice.
     
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  18. Valvehog

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    you mean their customer no-service deflection specialists in the Philippines?
     
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  19. RG7X

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    You have my sympathy, man. Hope you get it back.
     
  20. WebCatty

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    Ask to speak with someone in the USA...or a supervisor...keep asking until you get someone who gives a crap. o_O
     
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