From the rulebook:
"the searcher must say, "I am not a thief, I am searching the [object] on your [location]," where the object is a particular container or piece of gear such
as a specific pouch, pocket, or article of visible clothing, and the [location] is one of the basic thief search locations. For example, "I
am searching the bracer on your right arm," or "I am searching the tunic sleeve on your right arm." The dead player would be
required to give up any in-game item(s) in that location." -pp. 29-30
The problem I have here is that I wasn't asked "I'm searching the sleeve of your right arm" or "I'm searching the pouch on your belt". It's that he simply said "I'm rummaging through your pouches", which puts me in an awkward position. Because I know that he has to state a specific location, if I say anything like "Which pouch?" he'll immediately know that I have something somewhere on me. If I say no, I've saved him the time of having to go from location to location on my body like he's supposed to. At first I thought, "Well this makes it more convenient for him..." but later I realized that, Wait a second, this guy isn't a thief, why the hell am I trying to save him time?! The whole point of playing a thief is that they get the benefit of looting bodies much faster than non-thieves. And by wording the question the way he did, he was essentially getting the benefits of a thieves loot skill without having to be a thief.
Am I correct here in believing that his actions were a violation of the rules?