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Cops release photos of gun thief

City police have released photos of a gun thief they've been trying to track down since Monday.

The suspect took four handguns from Home Hardware Building Centre on the 1000-block of 18th Street Monday at around 4 a.m.

The investigation, which includes review of video surveillance footage, indicates that a suspect used a hammer or some other object to smash the glass out of the store’s front doors, police told the Sun earlier this week.

Once inside the store, the suspect smashed open a locked glass display case where the guns were kept.

The suspect then grabbed the guns and exited the store. The whole crime took less than a minute.

The business alarm, which is equipped with motion sensors, alerted police.

On Tuesday morning, the glass doors remained boarded up and the empty smashed display case could still be seen in the hunting and fishing department.

The suspect is believed to be male, approximately 5-foot-9, with an average build. During this crime, the suspect was wearing a lighter colored hooded hoody or light jacket with a zipper and an emblem on the left breast which is possibly an American Eagle Outfitters logo.

The suspect’s face was covered with what appears to be a bandanna, possibly with a black and white camouflage pattern on it. It appears that the suspect is right-handed.

Earlier this week, store owner Trevor Kowalchuk said the handguns were all equipped with trigger locks.

However, he declined to reveal further details, such as the number of guns missing and their type, stating that information was passed on to police and he didn’t want to interfere with the investigation.

Kowalchuk said the store is constantly looking at ways to improve security, and this incident has highlighted the need to do that.

"I was always looking to upgrade as much as I can," Kowalchuk said.

If you know who this person is, contact the Brandon Police Service at 204-729-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 204-727-8477.


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