Because following the guy is way more likely to lead to a confrontation than it is to you somehow getting the police to scramble and intercept someone on suspicion of petty theft. And should that confrontation happen, you risk losing life and limb or your freedom to walk around. All over some stuff.I knew that without the license plate number the police would have no ability to identify the person. That’s why I tried to find him. He did not see my truck at my house so I also knew that he would not know it was me. When moving I stayed just close enough to maintain a visual to relay to dispatch on the phone except when they asked for the license plate. Pls explain the “top level stupid.” I have often resembled this remark, but I do not think so in this case.
Yeah I'm sure you played it really cool and there's no way he could've known you were following him. But once you've started down the road of "I'm going to pursue this guy", it way too quickly leads to "I'm going to go give that guy a piece of my mind and put him in his place."
Also, my goodness I thought the gun forums I've been a part of were terrible at the armchair lawyer game. Some of yall would put them to shame.