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Stolen Sprinter Camper and climbing gear

Our much loved camper van has been stolen from Church Road in Teddington. We’re heart-broken as we poured so much time, love and energy (not mention money) into doing the camper conversion ourselves. Not only have we been robbed of our little home on wheels, but all our gear which we kept in there has been stolen with it.

Plates: KN61 ZXB

If anyone comes across the following, listed by the same person or as a job lot, this would be really helpful to know about!:

- 70m 9.8mm edelrid rope, multicolour
- 2 x 30m ropes, yellow
- Blue/silver wire-gate quick-draws, "BD Hotwire" x 6
- Orange DMM Spectre wire-gate quick-draws x 10
- Blue/turquoise/grey x-small BD harness
- Black/grey Camp medium harness
- Tenaya Iati size 8.5 shoes
- Tenaya Tarifa size 6 (39) shoes
- Gen 2 grigri, silver
- Mammut ATC, orange
- Petzl belay plate, red
- Various screw-gate carabiners (mainly Black Diamond Pearabiners in orange)
- Figure of 8 plates (lol)
- 2 x helmets, both BD, one white + turquoise, one charcoal + orange
- Brand new Arcteryx Sentinel AR goretex jacket, size small (says 'sample' on the back of label)
- Slings and anchors of various lengths
- Flyfishing rod + other bits

Please spread the word throughout the community as I'm sure things will eventually begin to surface, if not immediately.

Since the number plates will have been changed by this point, here are a few unique identifiers which can be seen from the outside of our stolen van:
1. It has beige leather driver and passenger seats in the cab, recovered from an old Jaguar and fitted by us. Very unusual!
2. It has retro-fitted sliding locks mounted externally on the side sliding door and the rear barn-doors.
3. It has two roof vents which stand proud, so would be quite easy to see if you stand back on tippy toes.
4. It has an electrical “hook-up” plug point, rear near side.
5. After market tinted windows in the cargo area, one on each side of the vehicle

Thanks in advance to anyone in the community who is actively looking out for it x

 gethin_allen 14 Jan 2021
In reply to Lottiealexandra:

Really sad to hear this. Apparently sprinters of this age are the most stolen van as the model has been around for so long the second hand parts market is very buoyant. And, to make it worse, campers are targeted more than work vans because they are usually in better condition with lower miles. So your van is probably going to be stripped and sold for parts through dodgy scrap dealers.

 olddirtydoggy 14 Jan 2021
In reply to Lottiealexandra:

Do you have a link with photos? There are a few outdoor groups on Facebook with a very active membership but sadly as already posted, it will possibly be stripped down for parts.

I had a Transit stolen a while back and the insurance company told me it would probably be broken up. Sickening.

In reply to Lottiealexandra:

That's a real bummer!

We had a camper stolen years back. Amazingly it turned up 11 years later on Gum Tree! Gave the guy selling it a ring after reading the cock and bull story that was supposed to be the van's history.

Hope you get it back.

M

 SteveJCox 14 Jan 2021
In reply to Lottiealexandra:

That's terrible, really sorry for you guys! If you're on facebook, it might be worth sharing this on "Outdoor Gear Exchange UK" and "Self Build Campervans" to try and spread the word

 Babika 14 Jan 2021
In reply to Lottiealexandra:

Have a regular look on ebay for the climbing gear. They'll have to shift it somehow (assuming they don't ditch it) and I think you can set up alerts that let you know when something specific is for sale . 

Non-climbers selling climbing gear are usually very obvious in the item description. 

Good luck! 

 mike123 14:37 Fri
In reply to Babika: timely reminder to mark up gear with hidden marks. not so easy with hardware but back in the day i had my initials written into the inside of jacket and fleece pockets, all, of course, done after having somwething nicked.