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Sadly no, these weren't your garden variety snatch and grabbers...Brainless morons..
Sounds like you need a bigger gun?I had to go through at least 3 ****ing checkpoints with Ian to get in the floor to pick up our guns, pat down and wand too. I was in uniform! I asked the guy if he really needed the wand to find my gun, he should look for a new line of work. He couldn't stop laughing.
They were caught selling the guns out of there trunk in New Haven CT.
$20 says these two serve more time then those involved in the "Fast and furious" government F-up that let hundreds of guns make their way to cartel hands.
Probably a lot less than you or I will pay. I don't see a street thug or petty thief saving up $600 to buy a Glock he's going to toss as soon as he shoots someone with it.
If people are turning in 1911's and S&W revolvers to the police for $75(see the buy back thread), then the average person clearly has no idea what a firearm is worth.
Several years ago, someone at the Colt factory in Hartford figured out a gap in the way they processed their 1911s. The frames were finished, but had not yet been serialized. The thief got several out the door. I don't remember how or why he was caught.