- West Des Moines police are looking for the man that stole a rifle from a department store and stashed it in his pants
- The man was seen on surveillance camera with a stiff leg waddling away
- Police believe he stashed the gun in his pants while in the store bathroom
- The suspect fled with the Ruger Mini .233 caliber rifle in a red Ford Mustang
A man in Iowa was caught on a store surveillance camera awkwardly waddling away with the rifle that he stole down his pants.
West Des Moines police are searching for the man that stuffed the Ruger Mini-14 .233 caliber rifle down his pants.
He was seen on security camera walking normally into the sporting goods store earlier this month.
When he was leaving however, he had gained a stiff leg causing him to limp out of the store with the concealed gun.
Police are looking for the man who stole a rifle from a department store and stashed it in his pants. He was caught on surveillance camera with a stiff leg and waddling away
West Des Moines police said the footage shows the man walking normally into the store (pictured)
Stock image of a Ruger Mini-14 .233 caliber rifle that the suspect stuck down his pants
It wasn’t until this week that store employees realized the rifle was missing while doing an audit, the Des Moines Register reports.
Police said the man took the rifle off a rack in the store’s guns and ammo department, They said the gun may have been discounted therefore not kept locked up.
The suspect then tucked the rifle under other items in his shopping cart and went into the bathroom with the cart.
After leaving the bathroom the man abandoned the cart and appeared with his stiff leg.
Employees reviewed the store’s surveillance footage after noticing the missing rifle and notified police when they saw the suspicious limp.
The man fled in a red Ford Mustang and has not yet been identified.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation should reference TP-005 and contact the West Des Moines Police Department at (515) 222-3389 or text a tip at (515) 344-0726.
The crime was committed earlier this month, but employees just recently noticed the Ruger Mini-14 .233 caliber rifle was missing and contacted authorities.
The man fled in a red Ford Mustang. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should reference TP-005 and contact the West Des Moines Police Department at (515) 222-3389 or text a tip at (515) 344-0726