Unfortunately for all of us, the surveillance footage of this incident that allegedly exists hasn’t been released, but the store owner says that he spotted the 19-year-old walking strangely, then confronted him and took the rifle back. Police caught up with the suspect later, and he did confess to attempting to steal the rifle.
A judge set his bond very high: it turns out that the man was already out on bond for a domestic violence arrest and had an injunction from a different state not to go anywhere near guns. That makes this case significantly less hilarious. Maybe even not hilarious at all.
“It’s one thing to try to steal a firearm,” the prosecutor said in court. “It’s another thing trying to steal an AK47 and potentially trying to put a stolen firearm out on the street.” Exactly: being legally permitted to buy the weapon and purchasing it using actual money are one thing, but the poor judgement needed to steal a weapon when not legally permitted to have one…that could lead to some serious trouble.