Never, ever, ever, ever, ever leave your gun in your 'locked' gym locker
Take the advice from me.
Please don't start a flame war, I know what I did was stupid and yet I did it anyway. Dumb, dumb, dumb, I know, complete and total idiocy. The purpose of this post is to serve as a 'reminder', not for a lashing. I think the fact that my gun is on the street in the hands of some jack-hole, the possibilities of what it might be used for and the fact that I'm out $1,000 is lashing enough. I can only pray the man is caught and harshly sentenced prior to any harm being done with my gun, the thought sickens and scares me.
Anyhow- let me explain the circumstances as I'm sure inquiring minds want to know.
I arrived at the gym locker room approx. 3:45pm today with my boss, we work out together daily at varying times of the day. There were two gentlemen in the locker room at the time of our arrival, neither anywhere near me or my locker. I changed, ensuring no one saw me disarm and I shut and LOCKED my locker. I proceeded to the gym floor with my boss and one of the gentlemen in the locker room, leaving one man in there alone.
About 5:00pm I returned to the locker room to find that my lock was missing, the next two locker's locks were missing as was my boss' lock. My wallet was still there, my iPhone, my keys, clothes, everything but my Smith & Wesson M&P 9c with Crimson Trace grips and Comp-Tac CTAC holster. My boss had nothing stolen and none of the other lockers appeared to be missing anything.
I immediately called the Police, in the meantime, since the fitness center reserves the right to inspect any locker, they chose to inspect the one young man's locker that left the locker room with us. No gun, he was very understanding. The entire time we racked our brains as to who the second man was, we looked at their check-in computer and the images of those who checked in during the past hour and a half. Nothing. We searched the locker room, nothing. No gun.
Then the young man that left the locker room appeared at the front desk and said he remembered more about the 'other' man in the locker room. He was wearing a U of Mich ballcap and a hoodie-sweatshirt. He was pacing around the locker room while talking on his phone, seemingly wrapping up his call prior to working out. He mentioned something about the gym but used a name slightly different than the name of the place we were. Strange.
In the end we believe this man was the thief, we cannot prove it, the gym had no record of him signing in nor does it have cameras...YET. The owner of the gym expressed extreme concern and mentioned about installing cameras asap. Great, but that doesn't help me.
So we filled out the police report, I provided the necessary information, the LEO and I spoke to all of the employees and came up with nothing. He was very thorough and kind. The report has been filed, 'the system' has been updated as to the stolen status and I left with nothing but regret. The manager did say to give her a copy of the police report so she can turn it into her insurance company, I can only hope they will replace my stolen property valued at approx. $1,000 new.
Anyway, there you have it. I'm coming clean about the stupidest thing I've ever done. I've read time and time again about this occurring and yet, tonight I did it and paid dearly. My fault completely, no one to blame but me, one can only learn from it and move on.
Thanks for reading, please never forget this incident as a reminder.