I think I have told this before but: When "Ski Watches" first came into being and kids were left there to watch the skis, and no one really checked these kids out before allowing them to man the ski watch, I had a pair of brand new K2's disappear from the Ski Watch at a mountain I was skiing at. It was a relatively local area for me, under an hour from my house.
The next Fall, when we had our ski swap a kid (17 or 18) brought the skis (my skis)in to the swap to sell. I knew they were definately my skis because my initials were carved into the skis in the middle of the sole plates. I called one of the other people over to look at the skis, "for the sake of putting a fair price on them" I said do you think that these initials carved into them, "LJP" will bring down what some one will pay for them. He looked at me and said, "LJP", Hey, those are your initials, these are your skis that were stolen last year. The kid was frozen...then he tried to bolt, but the guy I called over was 6'6" and weighed about 350lbs and he stopped the kid. The police came...that was the most expensive pair of skis that kid ever had.