This story was brought to our attention by a lady named Janet. Janet and her husband sell knives at a flea market. Recently they were robbed by a Detective names William Kuk. As seen in the video, Kuk appears to steal, if the knives are legal, almost $1000 dollars worth of knives. He never provided a receipt of the forfeiture staying “he doesn’t give them”. They are not the first people to have their knives stolen from them at this flea market either. Another vendor named Adam has his knives stolen too. Regardless of the fact that the same knives are sold at sporting goods stores the police chief told Adam he “doesn’t want them being sold in Grafton.” Sounds like typical #CopLogic to me.
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We have been selling spring assisted folding knives at the Grafton Flea Market for about 5 years. We have NEVER had a problem. These same knives are sold at Dicks, corner stores, fish & bait shops – All over the state. We have also contacted the Grafton Police on more than one occasion asking if it was ok to sell these knives. This plain clothes detective came to our table and said he was taking our knives because they are illegal in Massachusetts.
I was busy at a different table when it started. He showed my husband his badge and gave him a business card. My husband protested and said they are legal. He asked my husband to bag them up and he refused stating “bag them yourself!”. This about where I walk over to the table.
I told him I was going to record the incident and then I turned on my phone. I asked him for his name and badge number and he said “you have it”. I told him that he gave it to my husband, not me and he then said “he has it”. I asked him the third time and he FINALLY told me his name was “Bill Cook”. His actual business card reads William Kuck. My husband asked for a count or a receipt and stated he doesn’t give them and he doesn’t carry a receipt book. You can hear him in the video say “well you asked me to bag them up”. I guess that was our punishment for not bagging up the knives?
He told us that if they were in fact legal, we could get them back. He said it was up to the DA to decide. He said he would cay was a police officer. He said I don’t have to show you one. I again asked for one and he pointed at the owner of the flea market and said he knows men selling spring assisted folding knives at the Grafton Flea Market for about 5 years. We have NEVER had a problem. These same knives are sold at Dicks, corner stores, fish & bait shops – All over the state. We have also contacted the Grafton Police on more than one occasion asking if it was ok to sell these knives. This plain clothes detective came to our table and said he was taking our knives because they are illegal in Massachusetts.ll Monday but he never did. Now mind you, this man just walked away with over 100 knives ( about $500-650 in value), he wasn’t wearing a uniformand he was putting them in a trunk of an unmarked car. (My battery was almost dead so I didn’t get all of this on video) when I asked for a photo Id to make sure
Another vendor named Adam who also sells knives had his taken as well. On 11/08/15 he went to Dicks sporting goods and purchased a knife just like the ones we sell. He brought it to the Grafton Police Department and showed the chief. The knife was still sealed and after it was opened and the chief realized it was the same he said I don’t care what Dicks sells, I don’t want them being sold in Grafton.
Like I said, we have been selling these knives for many years and never had a problem. The owner was even been trying to tell this detective that they aren’t illegal. We don’t sell anything illegal, no double edge blades, no switch blades, no butterfly knives…etc. We do not sell to anyone under 18 and we card people! AT A FLEA MARKET!
If the chief decided he didn’t want these knives sold in “his” town, I think there are other legal ways he could have done it than to have mine stolen. I’d be mad, but I would be “more ok” if they at least gave me a warning and said don’t sell them. Now I am out not only my investment of the knives, but all future revenue. Quite honestly, I am not even sure if he was acting under police authority or of his own accord. How can I tell? As you can probably guess, cop block has somewhat educated me in this type of thing.
NOTE: We were not charged with a crime or issued any citations or warnings. If we were REALLY selling over 100 illegal knives, wouldn’t we at least be arrested? I don’t quite get that part. I have mixed feelings about NOT being arrested as strange as it seems. I feel as though we have been victimized in more ways than one. We are law abiding citizens with no records what so ever. This country seems to be slowly taking away the rights of it’s citizens and it is a very frightening thing! – Janet