Police seek help identifying suspect who stole two guns from Eastside Gun Shop

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:10pm
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This surveillance camera image shows the suspect in a March 14 Eastside Gun Shop theft.


Metro police detectives are seeking help from the public to identify the suspect who stole two handguns from the Eastside Gun Shop two weeks ago.

According to police, the suspect entered the store, at 1048 Trinity Lane, around 3:15 p.m. on March 14 and asked to look at two different guns. When the clerk was walking to the back of the store for ammunition, the man ran out the front door with the weapons.

Police describe the suspect as a black man approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect from the surveillance photos should call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME or text the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES).


14 Comments on this post:

By: Writeman on 3/27/13 at 6:59

Why just outside surveillance? Shouldn't a gun shop have top of the line in-store surveillance????

By: Rasputin72 on 3/28/13 at 3:45

It appears that almost everyone in America rich and poor or criminal sees the future of this country. The rush for guns is on.

By: Jughead on 3/28/13 at 9:06

Hope and change! Welfare and unemployment soar, the economy is constipated, and Americans re-elect Obama!!! Sweet.

Give me free stuff, I want my free stuff.

By: 742180 on 3/28/13 at 9:19

I'm thinking that Eastside is going to be minus one employee. HOW DUMB can you be. IThis means of theft has been used everywhere from Jewelry stores to grocery stores. What a dumb ass, they deserve what they got.

By: freddy on 3/28/13 at 9:40

Uh-oh, Jughead the troll is here with his bag of non sequiturs.

I agree, 742, that was a dumbass employee. And you know he was armed himself, but you can't control shit if you're not in the room.

By: otterland on 3/29/13 at 7:42

I have no beef with legitimate gun shops. Eastside isn't one of them. The owner is a known white supremacist who sells fear, not solutions. If you promote guns without a total solution for your business which includes a full camera array and a door locking/buzzing system--you are not an asset to the community, nor are you a neutral--you are a liability. The incredibly bad behavior on the part of the employee is just whipped cream on this dog deposit.

By: Jughead on 3/29/13 at 2:01

@Otterland: He's a friggin hacidic jew, you damn moron. He's had the opportunity to legally shoot black thugs more than once and has never done so.

I HATE damn liberal puke liars like you. Please wander in the woods during deer season dressed in khaki and do the world a favor.

By: Jughead on 3/29/13 at 2:01

Imagine that--a black person committing a crime! I am shocked!

By: courier37027 on 3/29/13 at 10:59

Of course there is no disdain from Otter regarding the actual crime (theft/robbery) or the likelihood perp will use the gun to commit a crime or sell. in Otter's world "bad behavior" does not include theft.

By: Ask01 on 3/30/13 at 8:03

What sort of security program allows an employee to leave high value merchandise with a "customer" while leaving the vicinity?

Any place I've worked we were required to stay close by while customers examined high doller items. We were to never allow a situation to develop merchandise could just walk out the door.

This case is especially heinous considering the recent battle over firearms. Gun advocates would have us believe they always have their guns secured so they never fall into the wrong hands. This was a store selling firearms and we see what happens there.

Perhaps a license revocation is in order.

By: Libertine on 3/31/13 at 6:19

I never realized that getting robbed was a " heinous" act, Ask01? Perhaps now you should explain to us how the young black man in the photo that snatched the guns is the victim here?

By: Ask01 on 3/31/13 at 8:11

Do try to keep up with the class Libertine.

The "heinous act" is the lack of responsibility displayed by the employee, and by extension, the employer for inadequate training, for leaving a weapon unsecured with a customer in a situation where the person could just walk out with that firearm.

This is sort of like leaving your keys in your car while running into the convenience store then being shocked when someone drives off in the vehicle.

The thief is to blame for stealing, but when you as good as offer them an invitation, that is, particularly if this weapon is used in a robbery or murder, extremely heinous in my opinion.

Perhaps the employee and shop owner should be charged as accomplices as they failed to safe guard a potentially lethal weapon.

There, all cleared up? If not re-read again slowly. Beyond that, I'm am afraid I cannot help your comprehension difficulties.

By: Libertine on 4/1/13 at 4:29

Seriously? Having a gun stolen from you is a "heinous act?" Don't you think you are being a little dramatic? If being the victim of theft is a heinous act, does the thief deserve the death penalty? What should the perps punishment be?

By: C.A.Jones on 4/1/13 at 9:07

I doubt anyone who reads The City Paper online would have ever seen anybody that fits this description. What a waste of good internet space.....