20 guns taken during car theft in Peoria


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on November 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 12:16 PM

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who stole an SUV with approximately 20 guns inside.

A man who stopped at the Diamond Shamrock near 83rd Avenue and Cactus Road on May 26 was not able to start his vehicle and called a family member for help, according to police.

The man was unable to fix the problem and transferred all his belongings, including the guns, over to the relative's SUV.

Police said once the guns were in the SUV, the suspect, who was sitting on a nearby wall, got into the driver's seat and drove off.

The stolen vehicle has been recovered, but the firearms have not been found.

Before this incident, the suspect walked into the Diamond Shamrock convenience store twice. Surveillance video shows the suspect walk in once to talk to the clerk about change for the payphone and the second time he buys a bottle of water.

Police have released the surveillance video and photos in hopes the public can help identify him.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic man about 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 to 160 pounds with dark hair in a crew-cut style. He has a large colorful tattoo on his left forearm and a smaller tattoo on the inside of his right forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Peoria police at 623-773-7045 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.