I was admiring an assortment of knives at the Tampa gun show recently. The knives are laid out on tables as I'm sure many of you have seen. Two very shady looking guys (purple hair and lots of piercings and tattoos) were handling many of the knives. As I watched from across the table I saw one of the fellows palm a knife and didn't put it back. As he slowly began to walk away I saw him put it in his right pocket. ($75.00 price tag)
I quickly requested to speak to the owner of the booth. he came right over and told him what I had seen and pointed out the guy. He then contacted security on his radio. The amazing thing was how many plain clothes officers responded almost instantly out of nowhere. The officer got right in the guys face and told him he knew he had stolen a knife. The man reached in his pocket and handed it over. Returned to the booth owner. By now the regular uniformed police arrived.
The question was asked to the booth owner...do you want to press charges? He said no...it's not worth the effort since the knife was returned and all was well. He shook my hand and thanked me.
The part that floored me was they let the guy go!! They didn't even make him leave the show. He was allowed to continue on his way.
He walked down the isle once again looking for knife vendors.
I approached the officers and let them know that I understand not going through all the paper work and filing a charge against the guy but I was disappointed they at least didn't throw them out of the building. What a great lesson they taught the thieves.
The officers also taught me a lesson. Next time I may not bother and just look the other way. They don't care so why should I? Sad but true.