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One gentleman from Maryland on this website had his tree stand and trail camera stolen a few days ago. Another gentleman from Te

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  • #16
    Mr. Gary - Calling the police could be, in a way, loving the man. If he is young, and goes to jail for it, you would hope that it would teach him a lesson and keep him from going to jail for more serious crimes later in his life. Not likely, but you would hope it would nock some sense into him. Hopefully He will realize $150 worth of hunting gear is not worth jail time.
    Now, I would detain the man, call the authorities and while we were waiting, I would witness to him. Now, he might not listen to you because you are sending him to jail. That really doesn't matter though, because, if the Holy Spirt is not working on him, he would not be receptive, even if you didn't call the police on him. You witness to him regardless though.

    About forgiveness, it is something we should do if we catch the thief or even if we never see him. Just think about the fact that if it were not for the grace of GOD, we would all be running around stealing each others trail cameras and hunting stands.

    Something eles to think about. Just coveting you neighbor stuff is just as bad as stealing, according to the New Testament. In that case, we are all thieves, one just as bad as another. I'm sure we have all looked at a buddies rifle, or truck, or boat, and said, "Man that thing is nice! I wish I had one/it". My point is that the 10 commandments do nothing but condemn, But, the GOOD NEWS of the gospel forgives.

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    • #17
      It's hard to say what I would do until I was actually in that situation. We can all say "I'd kick his a$$" but in reality only a very small percentage of people would actually do that. Also, assault charges are far more serious than theft. Doesn't matter if he was stealing your stuff or not. I think I would try and find his vehicle and/or follow him out of the woods while on the phone with the police. A warning shot to a tree would be very satisfactory but who's to say you wouldn't get one back?

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      • #18
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        • #19
          And what if the thief turns out to be Bigfoot?

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          • #20
            If you approach a thief and are in possession of a weapon, and you get in an altercation, get a good lawyer because you are going to need one.
            Leave the thief to the authorities.

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            • #21
              jimbo is right. Brandishing a weapon could get you three years in the slammer for aggravated assault.
              And if you don't have bills of sale or other proof of ownership, the thief could claim to be the owner of the property and be allowed to keep it.

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              • #22
                I'm too dang old to get into any kind of butt kicking altercation, so I'd have to try and get the law involved---with my luck the perp would be a 6'4" 300lb. MMA contender. When it comes to forgiveness, I'll go along with the man who said,"I'll forgive him just as soon as he is hanged."

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                • #23
                  Everyone has a responsibility to protect what is theirs. Christianity backs that up, the good Lord never said to allow your property to be stolen from you, just that it shouldn't take priority in your life.
                  Reporting a thief or even apprehending a thief (if safe enough) is the best thing you could do for everyone involved: the thief because it would at least give him a chance to reform, if he doesn't that is his choice. You, because your stuff is safe. Everyone else, because next time it could be an armed robbery in a home that might not end so well.
                  If you know who did it you have a responsibility to report them, if you do not know who you have an obligation (at least as a Christian) to forgive them.

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                  • #24
                    Everyone has a responsibility to protect what is theirs. Christianity backs that up, the good Lord never said to allow your property to be stolen from you, just that it shouldn't take priority in your life.
                    Reporting a thief or even apprehending a thief (if safe enough) is the best thing you could do for everyone involved: the thief because it would at least give him a chance to reform, if he doesn't that is his choice. You, because your stuff is safe. Everyone else, because next time it could be an armed robbery in a home that might not end so well.
                    If you know who did it you have a responsibility to report them, if you do not know who you have an obligation (at least as a Christian) to forgive them.

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                    • #25
                      99explorer and country road, that were both funny. I think I would turn the other cheek if Bigfoot or a MMA contender were stealing my hunting equipment.

                      By the comments above it is great to see some type of action against the thief would have been taken by all.

                      And Country Boy, good comment.

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                      • #26
                        By the way guys, I testified in a New Jersey Municipal Court two different times against hunters who were caught trespassing on my hunting lease.

                        The Honorable Judge slammed both of them with $250 fines, $75 safe neighborhood compensation, $50 violent crimes compensation, $30 in court cost plus it goes on their police record.

                        I did forgive both of those trespassers after justice was served.

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                        • #27
                          Thanks Gary. Just the way I feel about justice.

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                          • #28
                            Simple, tie him to a tree. Then forgive myself for doing it and forget about him. *joking* But in all seriousness, this is a tough question to answer for me without actually being in that situation, I guess it would depend on the mood I am in that particular day as to what my actions would be.

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