Not quite a smooth as Czech President snatching a pen and much, much dumber: here's a videotape of an Ohio man stealing a gavel from a magistrate's bench. Ooh, the nerve!
“That’s a motivated thief to steal from a courtroom,” Cook said, although he added that Collins probably didn’t realize there were video cameras in the courtroom.
Cook said he didn’t notice the gavel was missing until Monday when he was having a hearing and reached for it. The last time he recalled having it was during a hearing on March 29, the day before the theft.
Cook and his staff reviewed the video and recognized the man who was with the 39-year-old Collins and police then began checking the other man’s criminal history and linked him to Collins, according to a Lorain police report.
Police arrested Collins, who confessed to stealing the gavel, the report said.