Sometimes I look at criminals, panhandlers, and other people on the fringes of society and say to myself, “You know, if that person had only put as much effort into a legitimate profession as he has into being a scofflaw, he could’ve made something of himself.” This is not one of those times. Enricka Logan, 29, of Catskill, New York, was arrested on March 6, by the local constabulary, reports registerstar.com. His crime? Trying to steal a Ruger M77 rifle from a local sporting goods store . . .
By sticking it in his pantaloons.
Logan is suspected of attempting to leave Shooter’s Sporting Goods on Main Street in Valatie with a 44-inch Ruger M77 rifle shoved down his pant leg, according to police. Store owner Chris Nastke said Logan entered the store and browsed the inventory for several minutes while avoiding conversation with him.
“I asked the guy questions and he just nonchalantly didn’t answer them,” Natske recalled.
Natske said he was busy tending to a customer in the store and asked a frequent customer to keep an eye on Logan. That customer happened to be former Columbia County Sheriff James Bertram.
“I saw the guy walk by me stiff-legged and I asked him if he needed help but he said nothing,” Natske said. “Them (sic) Jim came around a corner and told me he stole something.”
Yeah, he stole “something”. Understatement of the day award goes to Sheriff Bertram.
The Sheriff detained the alleged thief in the parking lot until state police arrived to haul him off to the local pokey.
Chris Nastke said he was “surprised” that Logan tried to steal “a bolt action rifle that was 44 inches long.”
Yes, I’m surprised, too. Mr. Logan is being charged with both felony fourth degree grand larceny as well as a misdemeanor offense of criminal possession of a weapon (since he was a twice-convicted felon, and thus legally barred from possession of firearms). I suspect that figuring out how to hide 44″ rifles in his pants will be the least of his worries for the foreseeable future.