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Thief Targets Colorado Fly Fishing Shops, Takes $10k in Gear

Postby Todd » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:56 pm

Fly Shops Fish For Thief

Denver Metro Fly Fishing Shops Targeted By Serial Robber
Jaclyn Allen, 7NEWS Reporter

POSTED: 5:33 pm MST February 8, 2010

Several Denver-area fly fishing shops have been robbed in recent weeks, and now store owners are hoping to use social media sites to reel the suspect in.

In all, it's estimated the thief has stolen as much as $10,000 worth of gear from seven stores in the Denver metro, as well as two stores in Pueblo.

"We think of folks as being good people -- our neighbors, fellow anglers on the river," said Shannon Long, with Hook Flyfishing. "You're stealing from a person in a shop like this. There's no corporate entity behind us."


Long and his business partner, Andrew Huber, were robbed last week.

A man posing as a customer told them his mother was on the way to the shop and the two of them planned to buy a present for his father.

Long and the man went outside to try out a rod.

"He could talk the talk and cast the cast," said Long.

Then, Long said, the man asked to see another rod.

When Long brought it out, the "customer" and the $620 rod were nowhere to be found.

Long and Huber started contacting other area fly shops to warn them and soon learned their thief had been busy.

"It was been pretty much the same story," said Huber.

At least seven fly shops in the Denver Metro area said they had recently been hooked by the same man telling the same story.

At Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, he was even caught on camera stealing two $600 reels.

"We've got his picture posted on Twitter, Facebook and different blogs around the Front Range area," said Tucker Ladd, Trouts' owner. "So we're trying to use the Denver angling community to bring this guy to justice."

The affected shops have teamed up to offer a reward -- one Sage Fly Rod for anyone who helps them catch the thief.

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Postby Todd » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:03 pm

Fishing shop thief snagged by police

written by: Jeffrey Wolf written by: Dave Delozier

HIGHLANDS RANCH - The Hook Flyfishing shop was busy. It was a Friday afternoon and co-owner Shannon Long remembers the young man who asked for help.



"He said he was going to meet his mom here in about 15 minutes and that his dad was going to Patagonia to do some fly fishing and they wanted to buy him a gift," Long said.

After selecting a fly rod he was interested in, the man asked Long if he could try it out in the parking lot behind the shop.

"We took out back with a set up and he cast it for a while. He cast very well and he asked me if he could try a different set up so I walked back in the shop to get it, walked back out and he had ran off with the rod," Long said.

Letting customers take equipment out to get a feel for it was customary at the shop.

"It's a pretty open and sharing community," Long said.

There is a difference between sharing and stealing. The fly rod that was taken is valued at $620.

Long quickly learned was that the thief had also targeted other fly fishing shops.

Since Jan. 16, there have been seven fly fishing shops hit. The thief has taken fly rods, reels and fly-tying vises valued at around $8,000.

Long used the blog on his fly fishing shop Web site to alert others of the thefts. The tight knit fly fishing community quickly responded.

"We got a lot. I think to date we've probably received over a dozen and a half tips," Long said.

That awareness may have paid off.

Police in Lakewood arrested a man believed to be the suspect in the case when he walked into a pawn shop and tried to sell several of the reels.

Police are not releasing the man's name or details on his arrest at this time.

Lakewood Police are working with police from four other jurisdictions where the thefts took place to put together a case.

"Hopefully they got the right guy," Long said.

He says that since the theft took place the shop has been forced to put in place some security procedures.

"This is a little trusting community. You just don't expect this to happen. Our policy has changed. Now we've got to take a driver's license for any equipment that goes out back to be tested. We didn't do that before. Now we've got to be a little careful and that's kind of a drag," he said.

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx? ... &catid=188
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