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How Did This Stolen Honda Civic End Up Perched Atop A Large Metal Cylinder?

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Having your car stolen sucks, and recovery is rarely an easy process. Sometimes stolen cars are crashed, sometimes they’re set ablaze, sometimes they’re vandalized, sometimes they’re stripped for parts, and sometimes they’re even exported. However, a recent incident in Scotland takes the cake for weirdness as a stolen Honda Civic was balanced atop a giant cylinder in a very public area.

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This car caper took place at Scott’s Street roundabout in Annan, Scotland, along the B721. The BBC reports that on Wednesday, right around the crack of dawn, locals discovered an eighth-generation Honda Civic hatchback perched atop a large metal drum in the middle of the roundabout. A police media release claims that “Subsequent enquiries have established that the vehicle was stolen from an address in Annan,” so it sounds like the Civic didn’t have a particularly far trek.

Police are still trying to figure out how the Civic got up there, with Sergeant Brian Dickson of Annan Police Office saying in a statement, “We are particularly keen to hear from anyone with dash-cam or CCTV footage which may show the car being transported or abandoned.”

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Civic Roundabout 1

If we hop on Google Streetview and grab the latest capture of the roundabout, it’s easy to see that there’s no real elevation, nor an obvious berm or something that could’ve effectively served as a ramp. To end up atop that metal drum in that location under its own power, the Civic likely would’ve needed to either enter the roundabout from an oncoming lane or start out in reverse before launching into the air by clipping a fixed object. However, a lack of visible damage suggests that the Civic was likely placed atop the barrel intentionally using a forklift or similar equipment.

Indeed, that’s what British tabloid The Sun reports may have happened. Locals seem to reckon that someone carefully stacked the Civic up there, either as a prank or as revenge, and then just left the scene. It’s possible that the person behind these shenanigans may have brought the large red cylinder to the roundabout as well, given how it doesn’t appear on mapping services.

Civic Roundabout 2

A bigger question is how did people not notice? If we pull up a satellite view of Scott’s Street roundabout, on one of the exists sits a Tesco fuel station. You’d expect drivers to be coming and going through the night, with one potentially seeing the Civic entering its precarious position. If industrial equipment was used to stack the Honda hatchback atop the barrel, it’s hard to believe that nobody in nearby residential areas would’ve noticed. There are homes within 100 meters (328 feet) of the car’s resting place, surely someone must’ve heard something.

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I doubt that this search for CCTV and/or dashcam footage will be all for naught. The roundabout in question features plenty of street lighting and several businesses, which suggests that someone’s cameras may have caught the Civic dumper mid-act. As for why the Civic was placed there, that’s yet to officially be seen. On the plus side, the car’s no longer up in the air, so it’s not like Annan has a new roundabout sculpture.

(Photo credits: Twitter/Lag Fan Club, Google Maps)

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Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago

Obviously its a modern interpretation of Stonehenge. All it needs is exposure to the Scottish weather and you’ve got Rusthenge.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
11 months ago

It’s a plinth. With a Honda on it. Where is the nearest art school?

Dsa Lkjh
Dsa Lkjh
11 months ago

It’s Scotland, this sort of caber-tossing accident happens all the time.

Dsa Lkjh
Dsa Lkjh
11 months ago

“A bigger question is how did people not notice? If we pull up a satellite view of Scott’s Street roundabout, on one of the exists sits a Tesco fuel station. You’d expect drivers to be coming and going through the night, with one potentially seeing the Civic entering its precarious position“

Tesco fuel stations are frequently unmanned overnight, if they are open at all, and this is a tiny town in Scotland that has been bypassed by the A75. No one is driving through there to anywhere else. The chances of anyone seeing this during the two minutes it would take to stack the Civic up there with a telehandler is about zero.

No one is going to call the police about this unless they think the English are doing it.

Cuzn Ed
Cuzn Ed
11 months ago
Reply to  Dsa Lkjh

“Telehandler”! I love that the Brits have a fun word for what, in my experience, we Americans call a “big-ass forklift”. Good on ya, mates.

Chartreuse Bison
Chartreuse Bison
11 months ago
Reply to  Cuzn Ed

No a telehandler is a type of forklift with a boom. Definitely heard it called that in America too.
https://www.jlg.com/en/equipment/telehandlers

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
11 months ago

Yep. And often, even if you’re forklift certified, you’re not certified on a telehandler, that requires even more training.

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
11 months ago
Reply to  Cuzn Ed

It’s just the official term for what most American construction workers call a Lull. Lull is a brand name like Kleenex or Xerox, but if you want to rent a forklift with a telescoping boom on it, you need to search under Telehandlers. They are distinct from regular forklifts and tend to be found on jobsites rather than at warehouses, doing jobs that might otherwise require a small crane.

Cargeek!
Cargeek!
11 months ago

Vtec kicked in Bro!

Last edited 11 months ago by Cargeek!
Beater_civic
Beater_civic
11 months ago

Surely some civic-minded resident will accord with the local authorities and provide some insight and clarity into this situation. They might even find themselves a good fit for local government, perhaps leading new elements of a pilot project in urban renewal. It could really be a prelude of great things to come…

……. I’ll show myself the door.

Chris D
Chris D
11 months ago
Reply to  Beater_civic

An anonymous someone Freed a Honda and became a Legend in their City Today. N-One said, “It was a Breeze… you know, just once in your Life you gotta have a bit of fun and all that Jazz…”

GreatFallsGreen
GreatFallsGreen
11 months ago
Reply to  Chris D

Thank you both for taking us on this Odyssey, it made for a nice Concerto this evening. Such thoughts are an Integra part of this website and hopefully Inspire more people to visit.

The F--kshambolic Cretinoid Harvey Park
The F--kshambolic Cretinoid Harvey Park
11 months ago

I’m a little disappointed there isn’t any sex in this story.

(Sorry)

GreatFallsGreen
GreatFallsGreen
11 months ago

Disappointed, or, Amaze-d?

Maybe we’re…Ridgeline-ing…close to it…? (need another cup of coffee)

Dávid Tóth
Dávid Tóth
11 months ago

A +1 for remembering the Concerto.

Beater_civic
Beater_civic
11 months ago
Reply to  Dávid Tóth

Well, you gotta stick to the beat!

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago
Reply to  Beater_civic

Said with such Clarity.

Paul E
Paul E
11 months ago

The French judges took away half a point for not quite sticking the landing on the balance barrel.

GreatFallsGreen
GreatFallsGreen
11 months ago

What sound do you think it made as it got lodged up there? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO5Was4Wf1k

Last edited 11 months ago by GreatFallsGreen
Grey alien in a beige sedan
Grey alien in a beige sedan
11 months ago

Obviously there was not enough downforce…. needed a much bigger spoiler.

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
11 months ago

“Son of a bitch,” murmured Leftenant Land Rover. “Tis a warning to the rest of us to turn around. Courage, Lads.”

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
11 months ago
Reply to  Iwannadrive637

Point for “Leftenant”

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago

Nope, way too big. Try a 17mm.

Last edited 11 months ago by Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Beer-light Guidance
Beer-light Guidance
11 months ago

Someone’s mini mushroom wore off before they could descend into the pipe.

Sid Bridge
Sid Bridge
11 months ago

I bet the guy’s bank did it. They really have him over a barrel in that car.

Curtis Loew
Curtis Loew
11 months ago

What do those weight, maybe 2500 lbs? A group of 6-8 guys could probably lift it up there.

Greg Franklin
Greg Franklin
11 months ago
Reply to  Curtis Loew

6-8??

UnseenCat
UnseenCat
11 months ago
Reply to  Greg Franklin

6-8 and a considerable amount of alcohol

Superfluous
Superfluous
11 months ago

I think they need to go to the local pubs and ask if say, eight or so drunk guys were talked into lifting this thing and placing it there, not realizing it was stolen

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
11 months ago
Reply to  Superfluous

There’s a good chance the drunk who did it is himself currently trapped in a coil at the local playground

Paul B
Paul B
11 months ago

Shenanigans?

“The next one of you who says shenanigans is gonna get pistol whipped!”.

“Hey, Farva, what’s the name of that restaurant you like with all the shit on the walls?”.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
11 months ago

Given that Tears of the Kingdom just came out, this looks like someone getting really creative with Ultrahand.

21CenturySchizoidMan
21CenturySchizoidMan
10 months ago

Maybe someone can just do Recall on the car and see what happened!

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
11 months ago

They just need to wait a few more hours for the Viagra to wear off.

Sid Bridge
Sid Bridge
11 months ago

Proof that no matter how much bragging you do in the forums, you simply can’t shoehorn a 20-liter 1-cylinder into a Civic.

Eggsalad
Eggsalad
11 months ago

As someone who has recently had his truck stolen and recovered*, I can sympathize. At least my truck wasn’t found atop a cylinder.

*It is my firm belief that whoever stole my truck was looking for the easy button on an LS swap. After they destroyed the steering column and drove it away, they discovered that there wasn’t an LS under the hood, but a lowly Six. They abandoned it in a casino parking garage, and casino security notified the police.

Last edited 11 months ago by Eggsalad
Andy Individual
Andy Individual
11 months ago
Reply to  Eggsalad

More proof that gambling is an addiction that leads to other consequences like crime.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
11 months ago

Were there monkeys in that barrel?

BTW, do you pronounce your last name HUN-dal, as in Attila the, or HOON-doll, as in Michelle Rodriguez?

Last edited 11 months ago by Canopysaurus
SNL-LOL Jr
SNL-LOL Jr
11 months ago

Irn Bru gives you wings.

Anoos
Anoos
11 months ago

You think this may belong to the local hoon and the town folk all agreed to this to make a point? If so, I bet all the local cameras weren’t quite functional that night.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
11 months ago
Reply to  Anoos

For the Greater Good.

Sklooner
Sklooner
11 months ago

It’s art !! leave it alone

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
11 months ago
Reply to  Sklooner

Indeed it is! It shows this communities Civic pride! (͡o‿O͡)

Motorhead Mike
Motorhead Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  Sklooner

Derivative! Says the Critic.
(But still pretty darn cool.)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spindle_(sculpture)

V10omous
V10omous
11 months ago

Whether or not it is true, I choose to believe that every town in Scotland has a street called “Scott’s Street”.

Nic Periton
Nic Periton
11 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

I think it is true, often the location of Robbi Burns favorite pub. (Annan has at lest two of the latter)

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