I've been passionate about board games for my whole life. I've been fortunate enough to transition my passion into a career making video games. I just love everything about games! I just stumbled across Stop Thief on someone's shelf and immediately brought up a mental/emotional image of a game I've been trying to find for a long time.
The game was one from the 70s or 80s, which was a contraption game, not unlike Mousetrap. All I remember about from my childhood was that it took place at a circus, had these flat plastic figures for characters (with stickers on each side) and there was a shark tank. I remember that some character (named Casey I believe), and at the culmination of the "game", the character could be launched across the set and land in that shark tank.
Every time I see a stack of old games in a 2nd hand store, I find myself looking for box that has Casey in it. I can't remember what it's called and I can't seem to find it with Google searching. But if there's one forum anywhere that would attract the attention of someone that DID know this game, it would be here...
I can't believe this. The paragraph you wrote is basically a copy of one I wrote on Stack Exchange. Except I had a fleeting memory of the twirlers on the pole. Thanks to everyone - I swear I thought I had invented this game in my memory after a while. I think my Mom bought it at a garage sale and it did not feature in my youth for very long... I've been trying to figure this out for years.