On the way home from my parents - saw some kid run across the highway ahead of me with a bicycle frame (no wheels) - stash it behind some bushes, and run back across the street. I drove past this, and thought it was very odd. Turned around - saw the kid 2 blocks away, coming out of a gate, and getting on his bike that was already on the neighborhood street, laying down.
Passed by the kid and asked him what I had just saw - he denied that he stole the bike, but couldn't deny that the bike might be stolen (only, he didn't steal it). He then rode off. I called the cops and followed him. Cop came, and I told them what I saw. Told him it was very strange. Then I left, and he had the kid (about 12 years old)
Almost 2 hours later, I go back to my parents - cop car is where the bike is stashed - lights on. Kid is there. And, 2 cars. Black lady (probably the mom of the kid), and a white guy (whom I assume is the owner of the bike). 15 min later, as I was bringing my dogs back from my parents house, everyone leaves, and the cop pulls up to a house, along with the woman's car - I guess that's where the kid lives.
Anyway, I assume I caught the kid stealing the bike. Not a huge case, but if people took a more active role in stuff, and looked out for one another, we wouldn't have 1/2 the problems we do. My wife always thinks I am crazy when I stop and look at stuff when I see something that looks strange. or, when I tell an employee that I see someone about to shoplift something (in another lifetime, I worked loss prevention for 5 years).
I'm doing the kid a favor anyway. Better he get caught now for something small and have a chance to reform than for that to continue.
Well done people don't realize what things like that cost them. Every one thinks it doesn't hurt them but it does. Higher insurance rates, shoplifting higher prices, court cost at taxpayer expense, ect. this is how it directly cost each one of us.
My wife always thinks I am crazy when I stop and look at stuff when I see something that looks strange. or, when I tell an employee that I see someone about to shoplift something (in another lifetime, I worked loss prevention for 5 years).
That's the mentality that seperates you from victims(majority of the population). Evil can only thrive if good men stand by and do nothing. Allowing it to happen makes you as guilty as the one committing the crime.
I, too, am a sheepdog. If I see something not quite right, I check it out and take the appropriate action. I feel that I keep our neighborhood somewhat safer. Too many of these morons where I live turn a blind eye to everything and seem to hold nothing suspicious. And..... if they want to come after me or my family, they'll have someone with a veritable arsenal to deal with.
Good job Shipwreck. As one who has had a bike stolen I know it sucks... my son knows even more because it was his bike and he was not suppose to be where he was when it got stolen because he was grounded at the time. Double wammy. No bike and an angry father. I don't know which he thought was worse.