218 Poplar, Arthur, Illinois 61911
Having read the two articles of thievery in the September 2000 issue of GEM, I thought it appropriate to write of the theft of an engine.
About 10 years ago, I did not bother to lock my garage, and it was situated so I could back in, use a hoist to unload treasures from my truck and roll them directly into my shop. Upon arriving home one evening, I raised the garage door to discover my welder just inside. It is on large casters and rolls easily, but it also weighs 300 lbs., too much for even two people to load.
After rolling it back to its spot, I noticed a drag mark across the floor and an empty place along one wall. Try as I might, I could not think of what had been there.
Many months went by, and I had almost forgotten the incident, when someone mentioned an engine called an Onan-Montgomery. It was then I realized mine was gone. In my own opinion, an Onan-Montgomery engine is an ideal replacement for a boat anchor, and I would have gladly given mine to anyone expressing a desire for it, but the theft of it was as inexcusable as was my not locking my shop.
At a few shows, I have noticed people trying to remove parts from unattended engines. Usually, a curt, 'What are you doing?' will send the would-be-thief on his way. It sure helps when we look out for each other!