racfish, this is one of those instances where I would have to just laugh and say "go right ahead and sue me". I can see and hear it now! " Please tell the court how you got your fingers broken." (Thief)"Well your honor, I was down on the docks around 2 in the morning, you know, just looking around, minding my own business when I spied a really nice looking tackle box in this boat." (Defender) "Was it your boat?" (Thief) "Well,,,, not exactly, but I thought I knew the person who owned it,,,, so I was gonna help myself to some tackle when all of sudden, SNAP, I got caught in a rat trap and broke my fingers." (Defender) "capnhook, you have anything you'd like to say in your defense?" (me)"Yes, your honor, hundreds of Norway rats at my house, HUNDREDS of them." "I got tired of them chewing the cork butts off my fishing rods so I put rat traps in there." "Guess they work real good for all kinds of rodent problems."
Lots of "occupations" carry some sort of hazard. If you choose to be a thief you have to expect to suffer any consequences that go along with the job. Broken fingers would be a small price to pay if you got caught in the wrong boat by the wrong person!