So earlier this week I lost my 4B Azbel in high sec to the character Ito Clone. Here’s the story:
So I was warned about this guy by others in the system that he was structure snatcher but I didn’t want to wait yet another week to pull it down due to a busy schedule. So I AFK while online most of the day on Monday cloaked so he won’t know when I’m active.
So I come back and get my freighter out of station about 2 minutes before it unanchors. I warp my freigher to a 250k perch and align to the structure so i can insta-warp to it once it finishes in a few moments. It finishes and I start warping, while at the same time and as I half-expected, the guy uncloaks in an orca and lands literally 2s before I do and scoops the structure right in front of me, then warps off to a safe and logs.
So you could say this is all my fault since I had intel on him and should have tried to out-wait him another week. Since I knew he was probably going to steal it, i could have waited in a PvP ship and blasted him after he scooped it but which would ultimately be pointless because I would likely lose the Azbel to the loot fairy.
Even if I had others waiting around to blap him, he was far off aligning to the structure which makes it unlikely anybody could have stopped him in time before he landed on the structure and scooped it, therefore relegating the structure to the loot fairy.
Lastly, its not clear that the structure will spawn within range to scoop immediately after the undock from the Azbel… hence why I used a perch. That would have been the ideal, but I didn’t want to chance it that it would be out of range after undocking and needing to slow-boat to it while a hostile orca is trying to steal it.
Is the scoopable structure within range after undocking from it in a freighter? Why are non-corp members able to scoop my structure immediately after it finishes? I’m sure it was hilarious for that guy, but it is really frustrating.