UPDATE (12/13/11) An arrest has been in this case with the help of a tip from the public.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect who stole a .50 caliber muzzle loader rifle from the Wal-Mart on Shugart Road on November 17th. The suspect was recorded by the store’s surveillance system and a picture is included below.
The incident occurred just before 7 pm on November 17th. The suspect walked into the sporting goods section and apparently pried one of the muzzle loader rifles out of a display case. It wasn’t clear how the suspect managed to get the rifle out of its display. Store employees discovered the theft a few hours later when they noticed the rifle was missing from its case, and reviewed surveillance footage to find the suspect leaving with the gun.
The stolen rifle is a 41” SS Optima rifle manufactured by Connecticut Valley Arms. The stock and middle of the rifle is camouflaged and the 26” barrel is stainless steel. The suspect is a white male who wore a two tone baseball cap with a dark bill. The suspect wore sunglasses, a dark colored sweater or jacket and lighter colored pants, possibly jeans, with dark shoes. The suspect had dark hair and wore it in a short pony tail or “rat tail.”
Below: A surveillance image of the suspect (click image to see a larger version)