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Man steals rifle, school locked down

By KBell
Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:19 a.m.

A rifle was found in a tin shed at a  home on the corner of Wheeler and Trinity streets is believed to be the one taken from Eller's Hunting Post on  Tuesday.

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION Contact Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200.

POLICE SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONSTwo Hispanic men (one with a goatee) with black muscle shirts

A slender black man wearing a black Under Armour shirt and black gym shorts

A slender black man wearing a black muscle shirt and shorts

All suspects are in their 20s, and they had a rusty-colored backpack and a pistol that was possibly broken

Source: Victoria Police Department

A man stole a rifle that was on display at Eller's Hunting Post a little before 2 p.m. Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of St. Joseph High School.

The rifle was discovered behind a house about 45 minutes after it was reported stolen, said Officer Kelly Luther, with the Victoria Police Department.

A group of four men reportedly entered the store at 1807 N. Navarro Street, two times earlier in the day, looking around and asking questions, Luther said. One suspect returned a third time and ran out of the store with the unloaded rifle he grabbed off a glass case.

Luther said the suspect later ditched the large gun behind a house in the 1800 block of Wheeler Street.

"It was a special forces style rifle, so it would be hard for anybody to run around town with it," she said.

The principal of St. Joseph High School, Anthony Winstead, sent a letter to parents informing them of the school's lockdown response to the robbery.

The letter said police informed the school the department was searching for a robbery suspect, and the school went into immediate lockdown. By 2:35 p.m., the police had told the school it was no longer considered to be in the danger.

School let out at 3 p.m., as usual.

Luther said no arrests have been made, and the case is still under investigation.

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