Thief steals guns, wrecks Kingman store

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Despite tripping a security alarm, this man captured by surveillance cameras reportedly managed to steal 16 guns during a burglary of a gun store on North Bank Street early Tuesday morning.

Courtesy<br> Despite tripping a security alarm, this man captured by surveillance cameras reportedly managed to steal 16 guns during a burglary of a gun store on North Bank Street early Tuesday morning.

Authorities are looking for a man caught on surveillance tape during a gun store burglary earlier this week.

The man, who was wearing eyeglasses with flashlights embedded in the frames, was caught on camera during the burglary of Bank St. Guns in the 4300 block of North Bank Street around 3:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said 16 guns were stolen.

"He almost burned the place down," said Darrell Miller, the store's owner.

The suspect cut a hole in the electric meter and dropped an aluminum can into it, apparently trying to short the business' alarm system, Miller said.

The man first kicked in the door of the store's shooting range and left. Miller thinks he stayed close and watched to see if any police showed up.

Several minutes later, the suspect returned and started cutting electrical wires outside the building. He then kicked in the door to the gun store, entered the store, went straight to the part of the counter that flips up, and snatched 14 handguns and two long guns.

"He knew exactly where to go," Miller said.

He took $8,500 worth of merchandise, Miller said. Miller expects to pay between $1,500 and $2,000 to repair the damage and beef up the store's security.

"We've had petty theft before," Miller said. "But nothing like this has ever happened."

Anyone with information about the suspect can call the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234. A reward up to $500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.