TARPON SPRINGS — Police are seeking the public's help in catching a smash-and-grab burglar who swiped three rare revolvers from a Tarpon Springs gun shop last week.
Around 4 a.m. on Jan. 28, a man used a stolen Chrysler Fifth Avenue to ram through the front of Silver Bullet Guns at 914 S Pinellas Ave., Suite B, according to Tarpon police.
The impact separated the glass storefront from the wall, and the burglar was able to climb into the business. He then smashed a glass case and stole three revolvers — two Colt Pythons and a Colt Diamondback, police said.
Video surveillance shows that the man made a beeline for those guns, said Tarpon Springs police Detective B. Wireman. The revolvers are collector's items and worth thousands of dollars apiece.
"He just goes specifically for those items," Wireman said. "It was in and out. He obviously knew what he was looking for."
The Chrysler was stolen, and was found several hours after the burglary at Lo Garto Apartments on Milwaukee Avenue in Dunedin.
The man appears to be white and was last seen wearing black clothing, black shoes and gloves, police said. He wore a black hooded sweat shirt that appeared to have a yellow or gold design that looks like a winged bird design or a U.S. seal on the back, police said.
The guns stolen were: a Colt Python .357 Magnum, nickel, 4-inch barrel, rosewood (red) grip with serial number U83017; a Colt Python .357 Magnum, blue, 4-inch barrel, wood checkered grip with Colt medallion with an unknown serial number; and a Colt Diamondback .38 Special, blue, 4-inch barrel, wood checkered grip with Colt medallion, with serial number 584502.
Tarpon police are asking anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to call Detective B. Wireman at (727) 938-2849.