HARDWARE STORES

Dealer-turned-commando stops alleged thief

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The owner of a hardware store in Everett, Wash., determined to get back a high-end nail gun, took a wild ride through traffic on March 7 but eventually accomplished his mission with the help of bystanders and some duct tape.

The story, published in the Herald Net, began when Rick Wilson saw a man leave Manor Hardware and Construction Supply with a $400 nail gun he had allegedly not purchased. Wilson chased the suspect to his car, and when the suspect began to drive off, Wilson reached in to grab the keys. 

As a former first sergeant for an Army Reserve psychological operations unit who has spent four years in combat zones fighting insurgents, Wilson was not about to give up. He continued to wrestle with the driver, who threw an occasional punch his way as they swerved through traffic.

Wilson was eventually able to grab the steering wheel and veer the car off the road. Other drivers surrounded the vehicle to block it in. The suspect then fled on foot, with Wilson in pursuit. He was tackled, and a crowd of bystanders helped truss up the alleged thief with duct tape provided by a nearby business. 

The suspect, Gary Sargent, 28, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $25,000.

Wilson told the Herald Net that his wife was angry with him but it was all worth it because, “I just don’t like thieves.”

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Hardware store burglar arrested — four years later

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A man accused of breaking into a hardware store in Flint, Mass., was arrested on the fourth anniversary of the burglary, according to an article in the Herald News.

Gary Medeiros Jr., 22, was taken into custody on March 15 and charged with breaking and entering with the intent of committing a felony. Police say he broke into Flint Hardware on March 15, 2007, and stole cash and a birdcage holding finches.

Investigators from Fall River, Mass., arrested Medeiros after receiving information from the state crime laboratory that fingerprints and blood evidence taken from the scene allegedly matched the suspect’s.

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Buying Desk program to boost Hardware Show

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Orgill, Distribution America, Ace Hardware, True Value and Lancaster make up the list of co-ops/distributors signed up for the new Buying Desk Program so far, according to organizers of the National Hardware Show.

Independent retailers attending the May 10-12 event in Las Vegas will have instant access to new products introduced at the event  through the show’s new Buying Desk Program. On the flip side, suppliers attending the 2011 event will be able to sell products to independent retailers through their existing co-operative and distributor programs.

Exhibitors participating in the Buying Desk Program will have a counter card at their booth that says, “Independent Retailer Program.” In addition, each co-op/distributor will have a meeting room on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center where they can facilitate orders, network with retail customers and discuss products they do not currently stock in their distribution centers.

"I think the value of this program is that it will connect the dots between the manufacturer who is presenting his products to the industry, the retailer who may have not been exposed yet to those products, and the distributor who may or may not be stocking those products," said Dave Christmas, president of Distribution America.

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