Rifle stolen from Cabelas in Lacey WA


January 5, 2012, 12:45 AM

First the DC snipers stole a rifle from (what became) my shooting range. Now someone steals a rifle from the place I buy my guns. My advice is that if you run a gun store in WA state, make sure your security is up to par.

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January 5, 2012, 09:06 AM
I was in a gun shop in Lakewood the day the news about where the DC sniper got his gun (Bullseye's) came out and the shop owner predicted that they would report the gun "stolen". Not 24 hours later they did just that. Stolen and reported stolen are sometimes not the same thing.

January 5, 2012, 09:54 AM
I'm surprised it's that easy to steal a rifle. It's pretty easy at my LGS but you'd be hard pressed to make it out alive :)

January 5, 2012, 12:02 PM
Yeah there is a darwin award about the guy who pulled a gun on the shop owner and a cop...half the customers drew but the owner and cop had already pumped five ounces of lead.

This guy was smarter, he did it sneakily instead of confrontationally.

Matthew Courtney
January 5, 2012, 08:53 PM
"Slippage" or loss of inventory occurs in every retail business. Gun dealers are not immune and theives are quite adept at ruses and creating distractions. It only takes a momentary distraction of an employee to create an opportunity for theft. Depending on how often a dealer does a detailed inventory verification, thefts could go undetected for a while.

January 5, 2012, 10:26 PM
A few years ago there was a guy that put two shotguns, a Benelli and a Beretta (both semi-autos), in a gun case and walked out of a local Gander Mountain without ever being noticed.

This guy stole a few thousand dollars worth of shotguns and it was only noticed after later reviewing security tapes.

Dmitri Popov
January 6, 2012, 12:22 AM
Had a guy try to steal a Stihl chainsaw by sticking it down his sweat-pants and then trying to walk out the door. As soon as he touched the parking lot he was tackled as hard as a 275 poundish man could possibly muster...with a 10 yd run-up... :evil:

Jolly Rogers
January 6, 2012, 08:58 PM
"Slippage" or loss of inventory occurs in every retail business.

Ummm...I think it's called shrinkage.

January 6, 2012, 09:58 PM
there's a local store here where guns have repeatedly been left unattended. Once I walked in and one of the employees had left his Beretta on the counter and it was a while until he came up and looked like he knew he screwed up but didn't say anything. And twice in the last two weeks the OWNER walked away leaving a handgun in my hands. He caught himself fairly quickly though, but still left the pistol case unlocked and unattended. Nothing worth stealing in there though.

I've had a gun store clerk leave me with a handgun while attending to another costomer b4, too. He clearly wasn't concerned. He didn't even check ID, I was about 16 then. Just left it on the counter and said "it's on the counter" as I walked by them on my way out. If IRC he didn't even look, just said ok have a nice day.

I guess I look too innocent.

I'm not such a regular that they know me by appearance, either. The beretta would have been really easy to walk out with and none of their long guns(or pistols) have locks on them.

I've been in one of the class 3 dealerships in Az and that kinda crap was clearly not about to happen.. Plenty of supressed rifles and full-auto's out on open display but you know when you walk in you're being watched very closely.

January 7, 2012, 12:55 PM
When I was handling the SKS I have on layaway, the guy working the counter actually left me standing there while he went into the back room, rifle in hand. It would not have been difficult to walk out of the store with it. Not that I would, mind you, but if I were a less than honest person, I could have.

This is the same place that does not allow bow cases into the store due to loss of inventory. Rifle cases and all bags must be left at the counter, or, preferably, in your vehicle (unless the rifle case happens to be empty for purchasing a rifle, or selling the rifle inside it, either way, it stays at the front counter.)

Buck Kramer
January 7, 2012, 02:15 PM
When I bought my BG 380 he ran to the back and got the paperwork, and then couldn't find it. It was probably 5 min before I saw another employee. Like USAF_Vet said, they're lucky I'm an honest person. It seems they are getting a little lax...

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