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Author Topic: Three Roush-Yates Engines Stolen  (Read 393 times)
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« on: September 19, 2008, 12:39:08 PM »

Heard about this on XM last night and Claire had one of the police detectives on to talk about it.  Then she had callers speculate what the thieves might be doing with them.  Pretty wild!

"Thieves made a fast getaway after taking three NASCAR racing engines from a well-known race shop in Mooresville. Police say someone broke into the Roush/Yates engine shop and got away with three of the big Ford engines used by the team in the Nationwide and Truck Series. The engines are worth $50,000 each. "These are not everyday engines, these are NASCAR specific engines, you can't put them in a car, plus they are Roush Yates engines, very specific," said Mooresville Police Lt. Joseph Cooke. The engines were taken sometime Monday night from the shop off Mazeppa Road. One of the workers said he knew it was going to be a bad day when he came to work and saw a big hole in the wall. The hole is big enough for thieves to get inside, then open the door. Each of the engines weigh more than 500 pounds. They're kept on rollers and that made it easy for thieves to roll them into a cargo van they happened to steal from another race team. "They stole a Penske rental truck, like a cargo van and used the cargo van to load up the engines and take the engines away." The thieves dumped the van, but made off with the engines. Unless they are in the racing business, they may find them tough to unload. "Those are specialty items you'd have to be in NASCAR or the racing business to use them, you can't just put these engines in your car." If you can help Mooresville Police, call them at 704-664-3311, or South Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-658-9056. If your information leads to an arrest, you be eligible for a reward.(WBTV CBS 3 site)(9-18-2008)"

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 01:17:06 PM »

Interesting that they stole engines, wonder if they plan on taking them apart and selling the parts or if they are trying to figure out how Roush/Yates builds the motors
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 02:43:12 PM »

Generally speaking, thieves are not very smart. However, it sounds like they went to a lot of trouble to steal these engines. You'd have to be pretty stupid to buy one of them and use it at the local track. I'll bet the engine would stick out like a sore thumb if it is complete.

Then too, the thieves may not know how to set them up properly either. I'd be thinking an inside job if I were the detective.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008, 03:37:48 PM »

I'd be thinking an inside job if I were the detective.

That's what someone on Claire's show speculated too.  I think it was a crew chief from another team who mentioned that possibility.  Some listeners also said to "check Michael Waltrip's shop."  I thought that was funny. laugh

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