UPDATE: Police search for man who dug his way into Manchester shop, stole gun and ammo
MANCHESTER — Just days after the shooting of two police officers, the city is still recovering from the West Wide shelter-in-place order.
But now new worries have arisen after another man was caught on surveillance video stealing a gun from a local taxidermy shop.
Police said a man broke into Wildlife Taxidermy and Sport Center and took a rifle and bullets. The suspect has yet to be caught.
The sportsman store has a top-of-the-line security system, and owners think the suspect must have known that. Down an alley where employees take out the trash, the suspect broke the siding of the building and dug a hole to the inside wall to steal a gun and ammunition.
“Disappointed, angry, umm violated. Yes it is a unique way to get into a building,” said co-owner John Yule, describing what he walked into Monday morning when he opened up shop.
It wasn't a tidy break-in either.
“There was plaster everywhere and there was a big mess,” said Judy Wadleigh, an employee at Wildlife. “I still have that my hair is standing on end feeling today. It was worse when we looked at the surveillance video."
The suspect's selection process was all captured on camera. Once the man was inside he knew exactly what he wanted and where to find it.
He was "just kind of sauntering through and he came directly to the gun department,” Wadleigh said as she watched the man on camera. “He took a specific type of ammo and then took a specific kind of gun.”
The suspect even brought a bag to pack away the 1½ boxes of bullets and gun. The rifle - a Mossberg 500 turkey gun Mossy oak obsession 12Ga - is typically used for turkey hunting. But it could seriously hurt someone.
“You know, a sporting rifle has that potential to be lethal,” Yule said.
With the memory of the city’s most recent gun-related incident still fresh in Granite Staters’ minds, neighbors near Wildlife are concerned.
“Unfortunately the one on the West Side was near my son’s home, and I think as a city - as a society - we need to look and see if there is a need for guns in the house,” said Gary Simpson, who lives near the shop.
Manchester police are asking for any tips to please call their Crimeline 603-624-4040 with information that may help them catch the suspect.