posted on Dec, 21 2012 @ 04:00 AM
Some on this thread are incredulous that the store owner was able to miss the theft of these thirty three firearms from his store. On the face of it,
I would agree, it does seem strange. However, strange as it may seem, it is not beyond belief.
There are, in fact, a number of things to consider.
1) Size of the store:
In a store with a large floor plan, a canny thief could remove an item without it ever being missed, just simply by rearranging other stock around the
area where the purloined item used to rest. And that assumes that the items stolen were previously on display in the first place! If they were instead
in packing crates out the back somewhere, then unless the owner of the store wanted to go and find a particular weapon, and found the weapon with a
specific serial number missing, the theft could again go utterly without notice.
2)Stock levels/how many of a particular weapon there were in the store:
As with any excersize involving the obsfucation of a theft, wether it be fraud or straight removal of property, quantity can play a very large part.
Lets say I have sixty oranges. Lets say someone takes one when my back is turned. If I still have a pile of oranges, then I am not going to be
suspicious. So lets extend the shell of that concept around the issue at hand shall we? Lets say that the thief in this case is after firearms, and
that he has studied what weapons are lying around and in what ammounts. Lets then say, that the thief chooses to take one of the firearms, of which
there are a great profusion. By doing this, he can avoid detection.
The other thing to consider, when trying to see how a person could steal so much hardware from one place, is the amount of time they spent doing it.
Sure, if the thief carried all these guns out of the store over a weekend, then you would assume that the owner would notice, and kneecap the fellow
at nearest oppertunity. However, if it is the case that the thefts happened over a year, or even a few months, then it is not as clear cut as all
that. Say a weapon goes missing, via the method described in parts 1 or 2 of my response. If it goes unquestioned, then the thief will know that his
method appears sound. As long as he selects only the weapons that are there in greatest numbers, he will not need to rush the job. He could steal
maybe one or two per month for a year, and get away clean if he is smart and careful.
4)Store policy/management habits:
There is nothing to say that a gun store owner must do daily, eyes on checks on every single weapon in his possession, every day. If he is in a store
room, he might check to see that a particular crate number is present and correct, and assume the contents are secured, and thereby neglect to check
inside the crate. He may check the crate, and see a weapon on top of some packing, and think "looks tidy to me" and think no more of it. In short,
if his habits are lax, then it would be even easier to steal from him.
I have heard of people stealing computers in part form from offices and spares suppliers, I have heard of people stealing cars piece by piece,
outfits garment by garment.... all one has to do is to choose ones target wisely.