December 17, 2017

Police search for costumed BB gun thief

Observer courtesy photo Surveillance footage of a man who allegedly stole a BB gun from Dick's Sporting Goods while wearing a panda costume.

Observer courtesy photo
Surveillance footage of a man who allegedly stole a BB gun from Dick’s Sporting Goods while wearing a panda costume.

Williston Police are looking for a man who reportedly stole a BB gun from Dick’s Sporting Goods while wearing a panda costume Monday night.

Employees at Dick’s told police they recognized the man in the costume because he had been at the store earlier in the day in plain clothes looking at the BB gun — a rifle made by Airsoft. He had taken the rifle off the shelf and carried it around the store before telling employees he would be back for it, according to police.

When he returned about 8:20 p.m., he allegedly took the rifle off the shelf and ran out of the store without paying for it.

Williston Police and Vermont State Police responded but were unable to locate the male.

Anyone with information about the incident or who can help identify the male is asked to call the police station at 878-6611.

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