About 1 ½ years ago my $2,000 mountain bike was stolen from my neighbor’s carport, let them borrow it. I wrote it off thinking I would never see it again. On Friday around 11:00 p.m. My wife decided she wanted to go get a soda at the local 7-11. I had removed my firearm earlier and locked it up for the night (have shotgun handy at home) because I didn’t think we would be going anywhere. Just a quick trip, right?
We pull up to the store and low and behold there is my mountain bike in front of the store, I knew it was mine because of the type of bike it was and the dents and dings I had put on it. I confronted the man who was riding it and he said he was borrowing it from a friend and it wasn’t his. Had the clerks call the cops, tried to detain him until the cops showed up but he said he wasn’t going down for having stolen property and took off I left my wife at the store and followed him to where he said the owner was. When I got there this dirt bag walks out holding a crowbar and hammer, I’m 6’4” and 255 and we was 150lbs wet, if that, so I wasn’t too worried. I got out and talked to him, he stated that he bought it from a swap meet and we argued for a bit then the cops showed up. They told him to go get the bike at that point I told the LEO I have my CCP (required by Utah law) but wasn’t carrying he looked at my hip and said thanks for letting him know, he was really cool about it. Needless to say I lost the serial number of the bike in a move and the store I bought it from had a computer crash so there is no way for me to prove it’s mine, his word against mine. The BG gets away with one. That was my first encounter with LEO since getting my permit, went will even though I wasn’t carrying. Learned two things; 1. Always carry 2. Keep better care of my records
Question: had I been carrying would it have been a good Idea or bad Idea to detain the first guy with my property at the store with my firearm drawn? Or how would you have handled it?