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Not Free of Criminals

You have to be a bold thief to steal from a room full of gun people. Apparently, the exhibition services company retained for the NRA Annual Meeting appears to have found two bold thieves.

Two men working for an exhibition service at the National Rifle Association convention over the weekend were arrested late Sunday for stealing two sets of elk antlers.

According to Pittsburgh police, the antlers were stolen from a vendor’s booth while the operator was waiting to pack up his truck at the loading dock of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. …

The theft was reported about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Security officers in the area spotted two men on the east side of the convention center walking with the antlers, and they were detained.

Stephen C. Lee, 44, of Cumberland, Md., and Gary C. Felts, 49, of Joppa, Md., are charged with theft and criminal conspiracy, and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

Both men worked for Brede Exposition Services, of Beltsville, Md.

Antlers. Seriously, how do you even pretend to just walk off with antlers?

9 Responses to “Not Free of Criminals”

  1. David says:

    “You have to be a bold thief to steal from a room full of gun people”

    You have to be a pretty stupid thief to steal from a room full of gun people.

    Fixed that up for you. These two were not exactly criminal masterminds, now were they.

  2. PhilaBOR says:

    Elk antlers. Antelope you might have hidden under your coat, but Elk?

  3. LC Scotty says:

    We once walked off with a stuffed dolphin (the fish not the mammal). We were snot-slinging drunk in our favorite watering hole and it seemed like a good idea to make off with the fish. We slung a coat over it and stumbled out with it vertically between us like it was just another drunk dude.

    Sunlight and sober heads led us to return our quarry with profuse apologies the next day…

  4. Dannytheman says:

    They don’t get much Elk in Maryland!!

  5. robert says:

    ” Antlers. Seriously, how do you even pretend to just walk off with antlers?’

    Very nonchalantly. Attitude is key.

  6. Shootin' Buddy says:

    “Antlers. Seriously, how do you even pretend to just walk off with antlers?”

    You put them on your head and if anyone stops you, you say “nothing for me today, thanks.”

  7. Christopher says:

    Ah yeas, convention workers… having done conventions I have been consistency unimpressed by the people they hire.
    They will steal anything they can. Even stuff you would have given them for free.

  8. DirtCrashr says:

    Get the other guy to dress up as Rocky the Squirrel?

  9. Nevermore says:

    Exhibition services companies at trade shows are a scam and a half. I’ve staffed numerous tradeshows and the fees they charge for any services are ridiculous. You need help moving that 50 pound box to the FedEx guy at the front door? $75 please. You want an extra chair in your booth? $100 please. Oh, you wanted a table in your booth to display stuff? $150 please. A couple of times it was cheaper to go to the local Walmart in whatever city we were in to buy a new chair or table. I’m not surprised those thieves didn’t limit themselves to professional extortion.

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