Theft is wrong, morally. It’s one of the basic tenants of being a “good” person – don’t take things that don’t belong to you. It’s also disturbingly common. While some theft is petty, like shoplifting a fancy lipstick, and some is for survival like stealing food, a lot of it is just bad people taking instead of earning. That said, it’s still sometimes really…impressive…both the ability to steal large objects and the determination of those who dare to. Here are 25 Biggest Things Ever Stolen.
Construction Equipment – as in Loaders, Tractors, Backhoes and forklifts – get stolen with alarming regularity. To the point that there’s a website dedicated to listing and attempting to recover stolen heavy equipment.
The U.S. Federal Government, as well as local governments, steal millions of acres in land every year. The EPA may stipulate that you can no longer have a cow pond, fine you several million dollars, and seize your property if you fail to pay. The government recently claimed in Texas that hundreds of thousands of acres along a river were public property, so people who live in houses built there are now illegally squatting on “public land,” despite that land being theirs, and the homes being built by their families generations ago; Trump’s wall may be built over private land; Obama seized over one and a half million acres to form two new monuments in Utah in early 2017. Local governments infringe on privately owned property for sidewalks, roads, and utilities with alarming regularity, and there’s honestly not a blessed thing any of us plebeians can do about it. It’s called Eminent Domain, and what it boils down to is this: if the government wants your stuff, you can’t keep it.
800-Year-Old Red Cedar Tree
Clever thieves managed to steal an 800 year old red cedar tree that was one of the largest in the Vancouver Island area in 2012. What made it so clever? First, they cut through most of the tree, so that park officials would deem it unsafe to remain standing. Once the tree went down, the plan (by the park) was to let it decompose naturally in the forest. It was then that thieves came back and stole the tree, the wood of which was worth thousands of dollars. Clever. Horrific and depressing and pretty darn evil, but clever.
A Solar-Powered Apothecary
In 2016, a couple in Calgary had their solar-powered apothecary stolen. The couple forged all over British Colombia for plants that could be used for skin products and then created those products in their solar powered, plant based, lab on wheels. Thankfully, Boreal Folk Apothecary had their goods recovered and returned.
A man who had nothing to lose stole an M60 tank from the California Army National Guard Armory in May of 1995. He ran over everything he could at the tank’s max speed of 30 MPH for 23 minutes until the police surrounded him, and sadly he was shot.