Misfortune befell Coloradan John Brandenburg, when the unthinkable transpired: His beloved "General Lee" Sno-Cat was hijacked in the wee hours of the night Sunday.
Just to emphasize the gravity of the situation—this isn’t some run of the mill cat—but a beautiful 1982 machine painted just like “General Lee” from the Dukes of Hazard. The cat was acquired through eBay by Brandenburg and his crew—AKA the “Duke Boys”—to ramp up their backcountry riding in Minturn Colorado, per The Denver Post.
“We had no freaking idea what we were doing,” Brandenburg said to the Denver Post. “The next thing we knew we were learning to weld and wire. It became a full-blown, full-time job and obsession. That thing has taken on a life of its own. It’s a living, breathing organism to us.”
Originally excited for a solid day of spring skiing, the whole debacle began when they arrived to the parking lot to find the Tucker Sno-Cat abducted.
Recognizing the unstoppable power of social media, Brandenburg first posted the heinous crime to Facebook, and then called the cops.
“I knew it would get attention right away and it would hit thousands of eyes right off the bat,” said Brandenburg explained. Considering a giant orange tank-sized machine is hard to miss, in a few hours he had collected a dozen of sightings: The cat was on the move on by the culprit. Hilariously, it was being towed by a Toyota Tacoma.
The real hero of the day, however, was a woman just driving along on I-70 who followed the truck out of curiosity. Tailing the thief to his hideout, she relayed the intel to local authorities.
The thief, 27-year-old Jason Cuervo, found his house surrounded by a SWAT team shortly thereafter, but somehow managed to escape arrest after barricading himself inside. Per the MCSO News, Cuervo has several outstanding felony warrants.
Thankfully Bradenburg and his friends were reunited with the "General," which meant one thing: Victory laps in the backcountry to celebrate.
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