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Police seek assault-weapon thief in July case

29 Apr
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Surveillance video shows a man police believe took a weapon from a gun shop. Westminster police said he walked out of the Stockade, 8061 Westminster Blvd., with a semi-automatic weapon hidden in his pants. The rifle, a black FNH SCAR 16 semi-automatic, .223-caliber weapon, is valued at $4,600.
COURTESY WESTMINSTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

WESTMINSTER – A man in his 20s walked away from a gun shop with an assault weapon stuffed down the front of his pants, and police are asking for the public’s help to identify him, officials confirmed Sunday.

The theft of the black FNH SCAR 16 semi-automatic rifle occurred nine months ago, but police released photos of the man suspected of taking the weapon Thursday hoping someone might be able to identify him.

Surveillance cameras at the Stockade, 8061 Westminster Blvd., captured images of a man on July 8, 2012, walking around the store and lingering near the .223-caliber rifle.

Westminster police Sgt. Richard Mize said the man hid the rifle in his pants when employees were distracted.

The gun is described as having a 16-inch barrel and a black, collapsible stock and was valued at $4,600.

Employees found the gun missing from an unlocked display case about six days later, after completing an inventory, Mize said.

The man was described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.

“We think he is a local,” Mize said. “He told customers that he grew up in Huntington Beach.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Westminster police at 714-898-3315, or Detective B. Marlow at 714-548-3741.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS, 855-847-6227, or occrimestoppers.org.

-Register staff writer Denisse Salazar contributed to this report.

By  SALVADOR HERNANDEZ/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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