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New Jersey Coin Thieves


trowel32

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NLIH,

 

My secret agent coin was placed in a cache more than six months ago. I was suprised that none of the subsequent visitors to the cache picked it up since its a cool looking coin, so I emailed them to see if they saw it in the cache. Nobody saw it in there and when I went to check it myself, it was, indeed, missing.

 

I assume that it was stolen.

 

This is the usual pattern. Someone drops a coin in a cache and the next finder of the cache logs that it was not in the cache because somebody came in between, didn't log the cache, and stole the coin.

 

I prefer to leave coins in puzzle caches because I feel they are safer there, or else in Member's Only caches because the CO can see who has looked at the coordinates which I would think would be a deterrent for theivery.

 

Of course some coin owner's specifically state that they DON'T want their coins put in puzzle or remote area caches. I doubt that those coins are going to last long before becoming part of someone's collection.

 

I don't think its fair for people to berate you for taking their coin to an event. There is so little control over what happens to the coins and TB's after they are released, and even if its moved to the cache types preferred by the owner, it will still go missing. I do think, however, that if people take a coin to an event, it shouldn't just be dropped in a pile with the other TBs...you should pass it off to one specific person that you know. My Maryland coin went to a NY event and a bunch of people "discovered" it...then it disappeared. I can only assume that the person who brought it just passed it around and didn't keep track of who took it home with them.

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if people take a coin to an event, it shouldn't just be dropped in a pile with the other TBs...you should pass it off to one specific person that you know

 

I made that mistake and all the coins that I left in the travel bug bin were taken and never logged.

 

After all my events I make sure the travel bug table/bin is empty or I take all the stragglers, but there still seems to be a handful of bugs that are permanently left in the event. Most times I think it's just people dumping them into an event because they lost the bug earlier and wouldn't admit it.

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This is the usual pattern. Someone drops a coin in a cache and the next finder of the cache logs that it was not in the cache because somebody came in between, didn't log the cache, and stole the coin.

 

I prefer to leave coins in puzzle caches because I feel they are safer there, or else in Member's Only caches because the CO can see who has looked at the coordinates which I would think would be a deterrent for theivery.

 

 

This is exactly what happened each time one of my coins was stolen. I suspect the thief is usually a previous finder, because I can't see them forgoing a smiley to get a coin. That would mean that a puzzle or MOC cache wouldn't deter them.

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That would mean that a puzzle or MOC cache wouldn't deter them.

 

A MOC would since the owner can see who recently viewed the cache. At the very least it narrows down the culprits (assuming no one is foregoing smilies) since less people go after puzzles, of course there are always ways around being detected. :laughing:

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Town Line

Hoplefully, not another one gone missing.

 

The person that took the coin did log it in the log book, just not on geocaching.com. We searched for them by what we thought the name was they signed in the log book but could not locate them. Now I can't located what we thought the name was so perhaps the next person that visits this cache can give it another shot.

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Town Line

Hoplefully, not another one gone missing.

 

The person that took the coin did log it in the log book, just not on geocaching.com. We searched for them by what we thought the name was they signed in the log book but could not locate them. Now I can't located what we thought the name was so perhaps the next person that visits this cache can give it another shot.

 

I checked the "Town Line" logbook tonight after doing "Pathfinder". The cacher team that said they took the coin was something like "5 cacheteers" but I can't find them in a search. Too bad there isn't a keyword username search. Although it could be a fake name in the log book anyway.

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I just don't get it. :) Why do people keep them. I think the coins are cool but I certainly don't need them cluttering up my house....I have enough other stuff doing that!

 

People, let them be free to roam........like we all enjoy doing.

 

Y'er preaching to the choir on this one (unless there are some evil lurkers who are chuckling their evil laughs right now).

 

A scene from somewhere else:

Husband: [to himself] No room left to store all these coins I've collected. If only I could get all that other clutter in my house to fit into an ammo box!?

 

Wife: Honey, where's my [insert cluttering object here]?

Husband: Um, I think it's at N 40° 51.199 W 074° 19.494

Wife: [pause] Ok, any idea where the ax is at?

Husband: Dunno, why? [pause] Aaaaah!!!!!

 

[later]

Policeman 1: Whoa, ugly scene!

Policeman 2: Yeah, but what are all those coins ... ?

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Well the date of their log for "Town Line" doesn't make any sense, because I'm pretty sure their log in the book was right between Mr. & Mrs. Cazray and TwoCat. I can see logging a cache late, but not (way) too early....hmmmm :)

 

I don't know, maybe I'm wrong...it doesn't seem to make sense since they also haven't logged on since October...unless they are just very clever.

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It seems that there are some cachers who are unaware of how to log travel bugs/geocoins. We were checking on one of our travel bugs that seemed to be sitting too long in a cache in New Hampshire. They have not done a lot of caching, so we checked their logs. They put it in a cche in Vermont. Never logged it out or in. So, we logged it out of the one, and into the other. ;) It has since been moved!

On the other fin, there seem to be cachers who do not log their finds on GC, but move bugs/coins. We picked up a bug in New Jersey that had disappeared from a cache in Florida a year previously. The bug owner was delighted!

Yesterday, we went looking for this coin alwayslooking, in this cache: Limestone Ridge #1 (harder) . Logging in on November 27th. Log signed on November 29th says that Night Owl (?) took the coin. Okay, it's only been a month. But the only accounts for 'Night Owl' I could find have not been used since 2003. Maybe they don't log anything on-line, and will drop it off somewhere else? Oh, well.

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