A man tried to steal four handguns. He tried this at a gunshow.
Man grabs four guns at gun show
BY JOE RODRIGUEZ
The Wichita Eagle
His first mistake was trying to steal four guns.
His second one was trying to steal them at a gun show.
The alleged crook scooped up four Smith & Wesson guns from a vendor's table at the RK Gun Inc. show Sunday at Cessna Activity Center, 2744 George Washington Blvd.
But he didn't make it far. The vendor and at least two others who were at the show grabbed the man before he could make it out the door, held him down, then cuffed him with zip ties -- hard plastic fasteners -- until law enforcement officers arrived.
Austin Sechler, the vendor who said the man tried to steal from him, said it was "the very wrong place to do this."
Sechler said the man, whom he estimated to be about 20, looked at guns at the tables of many sellers.
While it's not uncommon for potential gun buyers to examine different guns, the suspect did something a bit unusual, Sechler said.
"He was picking them up, putting them in his pocket, seeing how they fit in his pocket," Sechler said.
Eventually, the man -- who had been with several others earlier -- came back alone to Sechler's table. Sechler said the man stacked two of the guns on top of two others.
"I asked him, 'What are you doing?' " Sechler said. "And he looks at me, he loops his fingers through the trigger guards of all four of them, and headed for that door."
Sechler jumped over a table and grabbed the man. Soon, two or three others at the show helped hold the man down, Sechler said.
"He finally gave up when there was four guys laying on him," Sechler said.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said that law enforcement officers arrived within five minutes of being called, and the man was taken into custody.
Did you catch that last part? The part about the officers arriving within 5 minutes? Proves again, when seconds count, cops are just minutes away.
Sounds to me like this guys is lucky he wasn't taken out of the show horizontal. Talk about not a gun free zone!