Gun Store Thief Caught On Camera

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The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who robbed a local gun store early Saturday morning.

He got away with several handguns from Total Firearms in Mason around 4:30 a.m., and it was all caught on tape.

"He cut a hole in the roll-up door, and gained entrance to the business through that hole," Sgt. Jeff Weiss of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office said. "He promptly went to the handgun case, smashed the case, took seven handguns, and then escaped back through the building through the same hole."

It took less than 10 minutes, and almost every move is on surveillance footage. The staff believes this wasn't a professional. They think he might have been after cash, and when he discovered they empty the registers every night, he panicked.

"It was a snatch and grab," Total Firearms Weekend Manager Rick Burroughs said. "He didn't take anything expensive, took seven handguns that were the first ones he could grab, small caliber .22's. You know, he wasn't really smart."

The guns are typically used for target practice, not robbing banks. They're definitely not the most expensive guns in the store, but police are afraid the suspect might already be out there selling them.

"We don't ever want to see handguns on the street," Sgt. Weiss said. "The fact that there's potentially seven handguns out there right now is not good. So we want to solve this as quick as possible, and get the handguns back. It's an officer safety issue. We don't want that weapon in the hands of the wrong person."

Total Firearms said this was a learning experience, and now it's back to business.

"It helps us to be even more secure," Burroughs said. "Whoa, there's a weak link? We're going to fix that, secure that up, be even safer than it ever was."

He's confident law enforcement will find him.

"If I was him, I'd be a scared little rabbit right now," Burroughs said. "He panicked. He'll get those three meals and a cot."

The suspect is described as about 6'0" with a bigger build. He was wearing a mask and a Michigan State University hat with "Spartans" written across the front. Police believe he was driving a Pontiac G-6.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Ingham County Sheriff's Office.

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