Hello everyone I am a non-native student of English. To improve my English I love reading books. Now I am reading a book "Second Hand" by Michael Zadoorian about a boy who owns a second hand store and there is a sentence which I absolutely don't understand. The boy has problems with shoplifters, expecially with a man who is trying to steal a Hawaiian shirt. The boy says:
I was almost tempted to let him get away with it because I admired the theme to his theft.
Here is the problem: I don't understand the meaning of "admire the theme to". What does this phrase mean?
Here is the larger context for this phrase:
The store is looking good these days. Too good. I am having more problems with shoplifters. Last week, I caught some accountant-looking cat trying to steal a Hawaiian shirt. I noticed this guy slip it into his jumbo recycled plastic bag after he bought a big tiki spoon and fork. I don't know if it was an impulse thing or some sort of experimental larceny or what, because he didn't really look like the type (for tiki or thievery), but I actually watched him rip me off. I was almost tempted to let him get away with it because I admired the theme to his theft