Crime

Alleged Puyallup gun thief caught, charged

Staff writerMay 13, 2014 

A 20-year-old man has been charged with four felonies for allegedly stealing a 9 mm handgun from a Puyallup Fred Meyer earlier this month.

The man surrendered to Puyallup police on Sunday after relatives of his girlfriend recognized a photograph of him released to the news media and contacted authorities.

The alleged thief apparently offered to sell the gun to another man for $350, court records show. He later told police he stole the gun to sell for drug money.

The theft occurred May 1. Fred Meyer officials told police a man walked into the sporting goods section, smashed open a glass display case and took the weapon.

The store’s surveillance cameras recorded the incident.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the man with theft of a firearm, second-degree malicious mischief, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and trafficking in stolen property.

 

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