I should have guessed something was up when first I saw them. For starters, I haven’t seen a peg leg jean in close to twenty-five years. Secondly, those baggy jeans do not make for a good-looking tight roll at the bottom of pants leg. I didn’t suspect golf club theft at first, but it wasn’t long before I knew exactly what was going on.
There was a guy and a girl that came into the store, minutes apart from each other. I guess they wanted to make it seem like they didn’t know each other. When the first one came in I just figured they were a little behind in the fashion department. When the second one came in, I knew something was going on. They both went to the expensive sets of golf clubs, picking them apart, looking for a specific kind of club. They each had a list that they referred back to.
As soon as the first person found the right club, they walked off to a back corner- as far away from the rest of the set as possible. The second one found the club they were looking for and followed suit.
We noticed that the pair had taken the golf club of choice and slid it down one of their pant legs. Now it all made sense. The peg leg jeans were so they could commit golf club theft, with out the clubs falling out the bottom of their pants legs.
Unfortunately for them we were right there to apprehend them. Even more unfortunately, they decided to run. Now, it’s hard enough to run when you have baggy pants falling off at the top, and a tight roll at the bottom of your ankle. It’s even harder when you have a golf club preventing you from bending your knee. In a great heap they fell, making it one of the easiest apprehensions I have ever made.
What we learned was that the duo had been selectively executing golf club theft at several locations. They were trying to piece together sets of golf clubs one club at a time so they could sell them as a full set later.
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