How much could a small time car thief earn in the late 80's/early 90's?
Death sentence when caught in the act.
He could earn some lead if the owner showed up.
my cousin did this back in the seventies. usually got 50 bucks a car stole them for people who wanted to get the money from insurance company. finally got caught and to get out of a lengthy prison term he turned in everyone he remembered stealing a car from (he said he did about two hundred cars) he got three years
A small time car thief doesn't earn anything. A small time car thief joyrides. You're confused.
Crime doesn't pay
Theft is not earning. It's even listed as bad in the Ten Commandments.
Thieves don't "earn" anything.
Big time. $75,000 a year. Goog. One of the best body men there was. Stole cars. Changed them & resold them. Made big money. Went to prison. Got out He could have got a good job at any body shop. Worked some. Stole cars. Made big money. Went to Joliet Max security prison. Got out. Small business loan program. Opened a body shop. Mae very good money. Stole cars transported them across State lines. Went to Federal prison. Last I heard of him. But that was high end vehicles & new paperwork. He did well at it except for vacations in prison.
$100.00 week, depending on hot wiring or having tow truck. Snowmobiles stolen in Chicago area could be sold in Wisconsin for $250.00 to $400.00. Cars for speciality varied - $100.00 for 5 year old good for fenders, body parts quick pieced out with engine going for another $100.00, trannies for $50.00. VW Beetles of mid 1960s to mid 1970s at 10 years old would get $250.00 for front sheet metal and engine, trannies good for Dune Buggy makers . 10 speed bicycles going retail for $300.00 good for $50.00 and easy to get- not felony bust if caught unlike motorvehicle. 8 bicycles got 30 days jail for one guy, brother did 2 motorcycle and got 9 months plus 2 years probation for about same amount of money. Security systems got better later- then a tow truck could be best way to grab one- especially if some repos were done also. Depends on market and connections for disposal- scrap metal price for some old POS would be same weight as new- a couple years old to 5 years old was the body parts market and grabbing a 'parts' car to order meant $200.00 and quick transfer. Get caught by inspector working back or a owner with shotgun, police quick response to delayed alarm could mean 2 years prison - and a 'organized crime group' would get 5 years Joliet for multiple theft, continous criminal activity. .
They are all in jail and became Bubba's girlfriend.