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Posted at 5:01 PM ET, 02/12/2010

A shovel thief strikes in Silver Spring

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By Jenny Maehr
Silver Spring

I was dismayed to find both snow shovels and sleds stolen from our front porch in Silver Spring. Well, at least we had shoveled out our house and our neighbor’s house. Such things are replaceable, right? Not so fast.

All the local hardware stores were sold out, and with more snow expected, we needed a shovel fast. As fortune would have it (or not), I had to travel to Hagerstown to work at a medical clinic, braving the unplowed sections of Interstates 495 and 270 in Montgomery County. I called and managed to put a hold on a snow shovel at a Lowe’s in Hagerstown.

By the time I got there, all the other snow shovels were gone except for the one I had on hold and the one in the hands of another woman who had convinced the manager to pull it from a shipment bound for another store. She was a Hagerstown local, and she, too, had lost her shovels, snatched from right in front of her house.

So, whoever you are, be warned: Next time, the sleds and shovels may be booby-trapped. Hope you are putting the stolen goods to good use.

By editors  | February 12, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
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Additionally, to all shovel "borrowers": When the owner of the shovel says, "Sure you can use this shovel to dig your car out, please just return it to my house," return it to the owner. That is not code for, "Take my shovel with you, I don't need it anymore."

Posted by: joshb2 | February 13, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Shovel theives should be dealt with just like horse theives in the old west. Nothing focuses the mind like a public hanging.

Posted by: Frazil | February 13, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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