Forget about those big flat-screen TVs or other pricey electronics. Corpus Christi police say either the most commonly stolen items this year, or at least high among them, are fishing poles.
Police Lt. Jason Brady told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that they're easy to swipe from open garages or beds of pickup trucks, are lightweight, easy to carry away and don't attract attention like some thief walking down the street with a television.
The poles also are difficult to track down since they don't have serial numbers even if they can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Brady says anglers wouldn't leave an expensive TV unsecure in the back of their truck but don't think twice about treating their fishing gear that way.