The man lobbed question after question at the vendor selling guns, then grabbed a revolver off the table and pedaled away.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are hoping somebody will recognize the thief so they can find out why he wanted to steal a North American Arms 22 magnum stainless steel revolver.
It happened about 12:15 p.m. on July 29 during the Tacoma Gun Show at the Marymount Event Center.
Authorities said the man spent several minutes talking to one of the vendors before snatching one of the guns, running out of the building and getting away on his bicycle.
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“There’s a reason he has that gun and we want to know what it is,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told Q13. “Hopefully, he’s not going to do something bad with it.”
The thief was described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s with average height and weight. He was last seen wearing an olive green short-sleeved button-up shirt, dark colored pants and an olive green baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653