Edgar Brothers has reaffirmed its position of prosecuting anyone who steals from their stand at shows and events, after a binocular thief was caught red-handed at the 2014 CLA Game Fair.
Thanks to state-of-the-art CCTV on the stand, Edgar Brothers’ staff were able to watch the recording of a pair of Bushnell Elite binoculars (worth £640) being stolen and clearly identify the thief. CLA Game Fair security staff and Thames Valley Police then apprehended the middle-aged man who was taken to Banbury Police Station for questioning. Unfortunately the binoculars were not recovered.
The incident follows the theft of a .17 Hornet rifle from the Edgar Brothers stand at last year’s CLA Game Fair, which prompted the distributor to rethink its stance on security. At the time of last year’s theft, the Gun Trade Association’s John Batley told Gun Trade News: “The GTA has dealt with a number of thefts over the years, and our advice to everybody is to be constantly vigilant. Bearing in mind the constrained times in which we live and the opportunities people might look to take that they may not have taken before, we need to be even more vigilant.
“Anyone stealing guns from a stand at a fair in broad daylight is determined enough to risk the lengthy prison sentence incurred from the absolute offence of stealing a firearm, so visual deterrents may well not work on them.”
Derek Edgar, managing director of Edgar Brothers, said: “Edgar Brothers will not tolerate theft and will always take action against anyone who steals from us. The implementation of CCTV following last year’s incident has clearly paid off and our message to anyone who thinks they can steal from us is ‘think again’. We’d like to thank the CLA Game Fair staff for their support with this matter.”