Local firearms dealer DCF Guns is hoping the community can help identify the man that was caught on film stealing a handgun from their store.
Joe Oltmann, a partner in the business, released surveillance video on Facebook showing the suspect stealing one of the store’s clearance pistols off the counter. The suspect (pictured above) grabbed the handgun, practiced aiming down its sights, and then, after checking whether the coast was clear, shoved the pistol into his waistband and walked out of the store.
Posted by Joe Oltmann on Saturday, August 4, 2018
While the video shows the man stealing one Taurus pistol, the store believes he may have stolen another gun just days prior.
The suspect was seen wearing a black “FTP” hoodie and white baseball cap. Security cameras outside the store caught him fleeing the scene in a dark-colored Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a hard top. Footage released does not clearly show the vehicle’s license plate, though it appears to have Colorado plates.
DCF Guns has recently increased its in-store security after being targeted by gun thieves in the past. In addition to installing new security cameras and motion-activated flood lights outside, they have also installed anti-vehicle bollards in front of the store and reinforced bars on the windows.
Previously, any firearm or ammunition burglary in Colorado was classified as a class four felony, punishable by two to six years in prison. However, after a string of gun store robberies in the Denver metro area in 2017, the Colorado Legislature passed HB18-1077 this year to up the crime to a class three felony, punishable by six to twelve years and a fine of $5,000 to $750,000.
“It’s unfortunate this young man chose this path,” Joe Oltmann said. “It’s only a matter of time before he’s caught and then he’ll be a felon, doing time.”
The surveillance footage has already been turned over to law enforcement, but the store is hoping that someone in the community might recognize the suspect. If you have any information that could lead to the suspect’s apprehension, please call Castle Rock Police at 303-663-6100.