We get that golf clubs are expensive and precious – and that people will steal them with impunity – but maybe overreact a little bit less if this happens to you.
A retired fire marshal named Donald Acree was in the parking lot of a Golf Galaxy last month in Tulsa after his golf clubs were stolen from a nearby course when he noticed a man with what he thought were some of his clubs.
Now, most people in this situation would go after the thief, angry that someone would steal their precious sticks.
Fair enough. Acree, though, did that and went several steps further… HE HELD THE ALLEGED THIEF AT GUNPOINT!
In case “held at gunpoint” wasn’t enough of an alert here, Acree, 59, seemed fully intent on backing up his firepower. In the video, Acree, claiming he’s a cop, tells the young man, “I’m gonna kill you,” as his gun is pointed at the potential victim – who is lying on the ground. And you can see one bystander trying to convince Acree to calm down, while others in the background try to get across that message.
The alleged thief, Devon Scott Montgomery, claimed at the time that he didn’t do anything, but a few weeks later, according to the Tulsa World, the 24-year-old was charged with grand larceny for stealing, on that July 13 day he was held at gunpoint, a Titleist Ultimate golf bag, golf clubs, golf balls, ball markers, tees, Titleist gloves, a range finder, a rain jacket and a cellphone from Acree. The cost of the stolen items was pegged around $3,800.
While Acree did hold Montgomery at gunpoint, the retired marshal is certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training and retains his status as a retired peace officer.
Regardless, according to the Tulsa World (which originally reported on this story), Montgomery has filed a complaint against Acree with the Tulsa Police Department, saying he was complying with Acree’s demands and had his hands behind him when Acree “kicked me in the head with his golf cleats.”
Montgomery further alleges in the complaint, which Tulsa police were investigating earlier this month, that Acree violated the Oklahoma Firearms Act through reckless conduct and felony pointing of a firearm, assault and battery or assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and assault with intent to commit a felony.
To be fair to Acree, his aggressive method did yield results. Still, whatever the outcome, we feel Acree could try a little different approach if something like this happens again.