Glad to hear of her return without major damage... I think all would agree
it's not the usual ending to this kind of story.

Ed Fitchett
Toronto, Canada

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shawn E. Dinkins" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 1:44 PM
Subject: [inbox] [musketeermail] Story of a Stolen 23

> OK folks,
> I got a lot of replies/?? regarding the recovery of my stolen Mouse.
> I have been slow putting out the info due to trying to type with a
> cast on my left arm/also on my right leg (story for another day).
> All of your advice and concerns were much appreciated. To relieve
> concerns about drug smells in the plane, I am a Deputy Sheriff and I
> had our drug dog go through the plane before i took possession of it.
> The dog did not show any hits, but was slightly interested in the
> pilots seat, but not enough to show a possitive hit.
> All of my new avionics and radios were still in the plane. I had just
> put over $10k into the panel this year and I was very concerned this
> was the reason for the theft. It was obvious the plane was being
> flown at night (flashlight on the dash and dead battery,due to
> generator vs alternator thingy). My Operating Handbook was missing
> ($70) and some tools and the portable jump box I kept for emergencies.
> The outside of my newly painted baby was bad. The plane had been
> flown in the rain and landed somewhere off field. There was mud slung
> up onto the cowling and belly. There were dings in the prop as well
> as some nicks in my new windshield.
> I have been thinking hard about what these guys were using the plane
> for, but I am at a loss. According to the local FBO the plane has
> been at Lincoln CA airport for at least the last two weeks. One of
> the APs at one of the FBOs acually helped the suspects and my plane
> when the battery died. Took out battery for them and recharged it.
> Also, worked on ignition, which he said he noticed was a little loose
> and took some giggling to get working (hmmmm). During a spot check on
> Friday security said the plane was not there. A friend of mine, who
> has an RV6 at Lincoln, said he was getting fuel about 2 hours after
> the spot check and he saw my plane tied down. It appeared as if
> someone had just pulled up in it.
> It looks like the plane was being used for transportation, of who or
> what, I do not know. All I know is my baby is back and she will be
> wearing some new and lovely silver bracelets for her prop, till I can
> find a hanger again. I just lost my hanger when it was sold by the
> person I was renting it from. Didn't have the money to buy the hanger.
> Thanks to all who helped me out and offered advice, as always I am
> quite pleased with the caliber of folks on this site. Hope to see you
> all one day at the next fly in. I am planning on going to Salinas in
> October for the air show if anyone is interested.
> Keep 'm flying (and safe),
> Shawn E. Dinkins (E27)
> 1963 Beech 23 Musketeer
> N2358Z
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