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Old Oct 01, 2011, 08:28 AM
Chillin till SEFF
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 08:41 AM
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 09:00 AM
Hodgehound # 3
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Is that Mac Hodges?

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Old Oct 01, 2011, 10:45 AM
End of an Era.....
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He will be lucky to spend 15 minutes on Hodges Hobbies property...if he has the kahonies to ever show up again.
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 12:23 PM
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No Mark that is Pat Hartness the original owner of the Nall property, its basicly his event.
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 08:48 PM
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Operation: To Catch a Thief - Completed.

I was the one that got him!

Here's the story... at SEFF 2010, I was a Vendor on Vendor row along with many others. This individual (I will call him Dirtbag from here on out, but his real name is Not Dirtbag) got caught redhanded stuffing some batteries in his bag from True RC's table, I saw the individual walk away and found out after a few minutes, he was stealing stuff. Dan from True RC basically grabbed the bag from the Dirtbag and took his batteries back, and was able to snap a quick picture of the Dirtbag. Anyway, after the Dirtbag got away from Dan, the Law was called and by the time they got there, the dirtbag was long gone. His mug shot Dan took was plastered all over SEFF courtesy of Mac Hodges but he slipped away. I lost 2 ThunderPower 6S 5000mah packs that were stolen at the event, but I can't directly attribute it to the Dirtbag, buit I do have my suspicions. Throughout this whole thread you will notice references to everybody trying to figure who the Dirtbag in question was. The general consensus was his name is Dirbag, but it was never confirmed completely.

Right after SEFF 2010 I was a Vendor at Joe Nall 2010 and kept my eye out for the Dirtbag, I never saw him. I was setup at the Perry Swap meet in 2011 and never saw him, was a Vendor at SEFF 2011, didn't see him, was a Vendor at Joe Nall 2011, still didn't see him. I figured maybe the Dirtbag was out of the hobby or maybe in jail. Now, I setup as a Vendor for eWeek 2011 at Triple Tree Aerodrome on Thursday morning. Come Friday morning, I finally see the Dirtbag enter Vendor Row and had to take a second look because I thought my eyes were fooling me, it wasn't until I saw his name tag on his hat that I knew 100% positive that this was the real Dirtbag.

I proceed to go to the Vendors that I know like Radical RC, Micro Dan, 2 Dog RC, Luke's RC and others and gave them a description of what the Dirtbag was wearing and to refresh their memory of what transpired at SEFF 2010 and to let them know if the Dirtbag came around their products to keep their eyes on him. He browsed Micro Dans and 2 Dog RC's wares and didn't get anything. I pointed him out to Dave from Radical RC when the Dirtbag was in his booth area, the Dirtbag purchased some items and was on his way, he proceeded to look at other Vendors stuff but didn't buy anything, then he went into Luke's RC's tent and I made sure I pointed him out to Luke just in case. I walk back over to my booth, and about 5 minutes later Luke comes over and said he saw the guy stuff some batteries in has bag. The Dirtbag was still in his tent area, so I told Luke to let him leave his tent and get back out in a common area so he can't use an excuse that he was gonna pay for the stuff before he left. We also notified the event staff manning the registration table and vendor coordinator about the situation and the Dirtbags past history from SEFF 2010. Luke heads back to his tent and the Dirtbag is leaving walking to show central, Luke told him to stop, but the Dirtbag ignored him, so I stepped out and get right in front and block the Dirtbag, he tries to push me aside a couple of times and then we start grappling with each other after I tell him I'm not letting him get away from there, he manages to get past me about a foot before I grab him by the back of his belt and shirt, now you can tell from the picture this Dirtbag has been eating a lot of groceries and he was dragging me before I could finally get ahold of his wrist and gain control over him. Now all of this grappling happened right in front of Wayne's booth (Sew Busy) and he was like "ya'll stop, what are you doing", and I tell Wayne "the Dirtbag is a Thief", he's cool with it then. We finally sit him down at the Pavilion at show central and Mike the CD for the event gets the Sheriff's Department on the way.

The Sheriff arrives and they put the Dirtbag on a golf cart and take him to the hangar area so the Sheriff can get to the bottom of it. Dave, Luke and myself have to go over there and speak with the Sheriff, Dave inspects the Dirtbags bag and it looks like everything in the bag from Radical RC was paid for. A stolen Motor and Battery from Luke's RC was in the bag along with a Motor and Battery he paid for. Now, get this, the Motor and Battery he stole were duplicates of the exact same ones he had just bought and paid Luke for. Basically the Dirtbag bought a Motor and Battery and put them in his shopping bag, then he circled around the racks Luke has displaying parts and then he walks right back over to the same area and palms a duplicate Motor and Battery and drops them in his bag with Luke no more than 3 feet from him. The value of the Motor and Battery, $25.00.

Luke and I have to give written statements, and supposedly we will be getting subpoena's to have to go back when the Dirbag gets his day in Court.
(I'm wondering if I should take a few planes and make a day of it, can you imagine having Triple Tree all to yourself to fly!)

They escort the Dirtbag back to the Flightline so he can gather his planes and put them in his vehicle. He does so just before getting his free ride to the Sheriff's office with pretty shiny bracelets on. His vehicle is towed off of the property, he is put on a no trespass warning. He spent the night in Jail. Pat Hartness who owns Triple Tree Aerodrome has a beautiful police mugshot of the Dirtbag. AMA is being notified and we are trying to see if he can be banned from being an AMA member for life, which means no more events or AMA flying fields for him! All over $25.00 worth of stuff he stole. Who knows how much other stuff he has stolen over the years.

Karma is a bitch!!!

Tom, AfterDarkLED
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 08:58 PM
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Unbelievable! This guy did it again? Who's that dressing him down there
That's Joey, one of Pat Hartness's right hand men. And I don't know if dressing him down is the proper term, I was standing there and Joey let this Dirtbag have it with both barrels. He tore him a new one for sure because...

I'm not gonna go into much detail here, but all the people that attend ANY event at the Triple Tree Aerodrome have no idea of how truly close we all came to NEVER EVER EVER having the privilege of stepping foot on that property again!


All over some idiot Dirtbag and $25.00 worth of stuff.
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 09:21 PM
When's the next fly-in?
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Way to go, Tom! You were much too kind to the Dirtbag. You shoulda roughed him up a little while you had the chance. I don't see any grass stains on his face! He deserved at least that much!
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Old Oct 01, 2011, 10:16 PM
I broke it
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That's Joey, one of Pat Hartness's right hand men. And I don't know if dressing him down is the proper term, I was standing there and Joey let this Dirtbag have it with both barrels. He tore him a new one for sure because...

I'm not gonna go into much detail here, but all the people that attend ANY event at the Triple Tree Aerodrome have no idea of how truly close we all came to NEVER EVER EVER having the privilege of stepping foot on that property again!


All over some idiot Dirtbag and $25.00 worth of stuff.
Tom,

Glad to see to got some justice, they should have let you look thru his stuff for your packs!! But I gotta ask, why would Pat close the gates over this???
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 12:53 AM
Fly it like you stole it..
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Ok, so looks like Ed G is off the hook.
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 01:14 AM
I broke it
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Ok, so looks like Ed G is off the hook.
but guilty of nighttime nasal noise
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 05:19 PM
Chillin till SEFF
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Glad he's been taken down and hopefully off the pilferage circuit. Wish the ninja cam woulda been there to capture the take down
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Old Oct 03, 2011, 05:05 PM
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Hey Tom WTG! Great eyes, thats him alright.
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