View Full Version : To steal Bass Pro Shops guns, bluegum hid in store and waited for it close, police say

Captain Pancakes
09-21-2017, 07:52 AM

Authorities say a man hid inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid after the store closed and stole at least three guns earlier this month.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms asked Tuesday for the public's help in finding the man wanted in the theft.

Police responded to a burglary of a business at the store at 1 Bass Pro Drive on Sept. 9. A security manager told police that he was notified by an employee in the gun department that a rifle was missing.

Security reviewed the surveillance video from the store and found footage of a man at the gun display holding a rifle. This was around 3:30 a.m., and authorities believe the man was hiding in the store when it closed for the night.

At 3:50 a.m., the video showed the man walking out of the store with a long backpack on his back with the stolen guns inside, according to a Memphis police incident report on the theft.

In the police report, authorities said inventory showed a Savage Arms Corp. MSR15 rifle valued at $900, a Benelli 12-gauge shotgun valued at $1,700 and a Beretta rifle valued at $1,745 were missing.

The ATF said Tuesday in a news release that agents were "in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of guns stolen."

The ATF is investigating the theft along with Memphis police.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $1,000, which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total possible reward of up to $2,000, for information about the theft.