Hopefully they are "morons", which most thieves are. The two douchbags in Breck stealing skis and boards out of a condo complex. Gee, I guess then didn't think the passer by's wouldn't notice, get pissed, and alert the complex. Everyone surrounded them and waited for the police to show up. Now they are charged with felonies.
My favorite is when the local ski areas set up stings. Take a nice board or ski's, dress up all gaper, leave them on a ski rack and walk away. Meanwhile security, the cops are waiting and filming anyone who comes up and takes the gear. I've seen some hilarious shit from that.