In a slow news week where the East Coast stole all our snow, a crafty cat burglar with a taste for expensive reels marched into several Denver-area fly fishing shops and walked out with over $8,000 in fly rods, reels, and fly-tying vises. (Think Thomas Crown in high waders, vaguely smelling of Brook trout, and you're close.)
After posing as a legitimate customer--one with a pretty decent cast, apparently--he vanished like a ghost. Well, not quite: Video cameras caught clear shots of his face, and the violated stores began circulating the shots with law enforcement and on fly fishing blogs.
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The result? DPD gumshoes caught their man red-handed while trying to sell his ill-gotten wares at a Lakewood pawn shop. Little Denver Barneys can now go to sleep at night without nightmares of waking up to a vanished Sage reel.
But will our angling thief use his ninja-like casting and mending skills to escape from lockup to terrorize the Gold-Medal streams and creeks of Colorado again?
I'm guessing not.