Originally Posted by SCM
If someone actually had stole the gun why would they tell you? Or just make up a number. Even if the guy told you the number, and it was the stolen gun, there would be nothing you could do about it. You try to take it, and you can say hi to OJ, he is in jail for doing that. The best you could do is take a pic of the guy, send it to store owner, have him press charges, and hope he can find the guy.
Your a tombstone guy right? At the original tombstone a ref had his shocker stolen and everyone knew who took it. He played with it at SC. The guy never got it back.
It's not a fool-proof plan, but it's better than looking at a gun and not doing anything about it. You can do more than just take a picture of the guy. You can take a picture of the license plate of the car he leaves in. If he is playing with a team, you can talk to the team mates. You can report everything you've seen to the police (stealing $500+ is grand theft after all). You don't have to take the gun. You can do your best as a citizen to uphold the law without being a vigilante.
It sucks that the ref didn't get his shocker back, but just because something happened like this in the past doesn't mean that I'm going to be a pessimist.
On a side note, I don't know why it would offend you someone asked you to see the serial number of your gun. I would gladly help someone if they are just trying to find and retrieve a stolen marker.