I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Hey...There really AIN"T No Honor Among Thieves!

Two nights ago, we received a report of a small blue vehicle with two males, a large pair of bolt cutters, and a large roll of stolen copper in it. With the price of copper at almost $4/pound it's a hot item with thieves...especially if the fence is down and the guard isn't there at the job site. Anyway we looked for it but as with most BOLO's ( Be On the Look Out for ) they had already gone by us before we got the call.

And now the rest of the story...

Last night we were backing the county up on a fight call just out of the town limits. As with most fight calls one or more of the participants were either drunk or high on something. Since there were 11 people (not counting the baby and dog) at the house and everyone was arguing with each other it took some time to get things calmed down and begin listening to the lies stories of those involved. At one point I noticed a small blue vehicle in the driveway and in the back seat a large pair of bolt cutters (the kind that would make cutting a copper cable be a snap).

The basic story was one person had a wallet missing that contained $550. Another person had suddenly discovered that he had $550 in his possession that he had forgotten about. Person one chases person two down the road with a knife (thus the fight call).

Person two gets away and person one call the cops to report his stolen money. After 40 minutes we finally get the lies stories straightened out. One of the lies stories is that the money came from selling some copper cable that some dude had given to the wife of person one (the one with the missing wallet and knife which was by the way a cigarette lighter with a hidden push blade in it)

Since person two is gone and no one else is fighting our attention now shifts to the lies stories about the copper. In the backyard is a large ash pile similar to the one in the link. Yes officer, we burned the copper there this morning, No officer, we didn't steal it, it was given to us (make a note here a stranger gives away a $550 value item to another perfect stranger). We've now been on scene for over an hour so we tell person one and wife that we think they are lying through their teeth their story is false and that they will be indicted for the theft of the copper and since person one is bombed out of his mind high on some type of medication and in public view he is arrested for public intoxication.

We did glean a few kernels of truth amongst all those lies stories. Person one was one of the two males in the small blue car. The $550 was from selling the stolen copper thus it was ill gotten gains. Person two did take all of the money because person one wasn't giving him a fair share of the cut from the stolen copper. Most of this came from person three who was the driver of the small blue car. He rolled over on person one and two hoping to get off easy on the soon to be coming charges for theft.

We did leave everyone with one piece of advice...everyone get your lies stories straight BEFORE you call the cops!

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