Viral vigilantism, Tony Hawk style
Tony Hawk posted images on Instagram of two thieves who stole a skateboard from his car.
June 23rd, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Viral vigilantism, Tony Hawk style

If you’re going to steal a skateboard, don’t steal it from Tony Hawk.

The pro skater called out a couple of criminals yesterday by posting images from his home’s security camera on Instagram after it captured them stealing a skateboard from his car.

“To the a**holes that broke into my car & stole Calvin's skateboard: return it or your video goes ‘viral’ as in ‘to the police,’” Hawk wrote on the photo sharing app.

According to Hawk, the stolen board, which belonged to his girlfriend’s son, was a rare design from his company, Birdhouse.

“If they know anything about skateboards they’d know that they have something of value,” Hawk said, adding that he didn’t believe he was specifically targeted.

“I don’t think the guys that stole it knew it was my house. I can tell by the way they approached the house that they were actually looking for anyone that might have left something in their driveway in their car,” Hawk said.

Hawk opted to post the photo on Instagram rather than going to police to give the thieves a chance to return the skateboard and also to teach them a lesson.

“To be honest, I did put that up as kind of a joke and kind of a warning, as well. My hope is that it does resonate and these guys realize what they’ve done and return it in guilt.”

Hawk said that he probably won’t turn the pair in to police if they return the board, though many people who commented on the photo on Instagram urge him to.

Hawk said he chose social media as his first line of defense because it was an interesting way to handle the problem – and because his 13-year-old son came up with the idea.

“So much of our life is recorded on video now, including the worst parts,” Hawk said. “You just feel so vulnerable, but at the same time I’m glad – not that I condone it – it was a skateboard and it’s something that I can replace.”

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  1. Philip

    And truth be known, if Nigers were allowed access to their fair share of Nigeria's oil (Nigeria IS A TOP-TEN OIL EXPORTING NATION, AFTER ALL), Nigers could buy and sell you and me three times over.
    But, noooooooooo! Bush's Carlyle Group Halliburton The Dick Cheney bribes Nigers. Just like Bush's great great grandpa used to do.
    ...and to keep partisan microbloggers at bay, Barack Hussein Obama's ancestors did EXACTLY the same as Bush's.
    But YOU don't care of things that make your panty party look bad. Do ya.

    June 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    Ectogestator, you are without a doubt one of the most ignorant and stupid person to post on this forum. Put the computer away, put on your white sheet, and go to a tea party rally for God's sake.

    June 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    Hi to you @Superman, not sure what's going on in here but Philip might have a troll or have been hijacked. Don't get yourself so upset...Good to see you.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Sorry @ dazzle, unfortunately its really him. Now you get to see the disgusting side.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @chrissy, hi to you if it is really you. Our schedules on here don't connect much.

      June 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Philip

    Zzzzzzzzz

    June 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blaaaaaaah Blaaaaaaah

    I suggest geography lessons and word definitions. And also look up histrionic personality order and inflated egotism. Along with a rampant need to feel superior to everyone else. Tsk, tsk.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Blaaah Blaaah, would you address the person that you are speaking to.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    yea dazzle, its really me, your twisted sister. But you know how to verify if you have doubts.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @chrissy, yes I do and another of the twisted sistas confirmed.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ blaaaah, WHO are you talking to?

    June 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, it is just someone who is not getting attention paid to it and changed his un for the thousandth time.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    Dumb ?? He is an idiot he started one with me that he can't finish i hate racism and will not stand for it when people drink the real them come out period no room for argument at ALL!!! I was married to one for 16 years and i know better now this is the real him jekyl and Hyde

    June 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    There is no cure for racism

    June 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    wow, cnn deletes a post that someone makes about being offended by the racist garbage by the worldly one, but leaves that crap?? Thats disgusting but par!

    June 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dazzle ©

    I was thinking you were Philip.

    June 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    He can change it all he wants to but i will seek him out no matter what i can discern!!! It he can not hide from me

    June 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Calm down superman, hes too deranged to make a difference now. Youre only gonna upset yourself and frankly i think he gets off on it! Thats why he posts the most outlandish things he can think of day in and day out!

    June 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Obama is a terrorist – just like Bush... arrest these two little dirt-bags.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
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