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CRIME OF THE WEEK: Thief Takes Crossbow from Polaris Sporting Goods Store

Updated: Thursday, December 5 2013, 09:45 AM EST

Polaris (Camille Doty) -- A thief targeted Cabela’s on the 1600 block of Gemini Place. He left the store with a crossbow and clothing.

Police said the suspect walked into the sporting goods store alone on October 27.  He took a quick look inside the store, walked in the doorway and gave an outsider the thumbs up.

“That’s a signal that the store is open or the greeter station is far enough away, I think we can actually execute the plan,” said Detective Gerald Milner with the Columbus Police Department.

The suspect picked up a crossbow worth $1,100 and covered the top with two hooded sweatshirts. 

Milner said that the thief has possibly hit two dozen similar stores in the past with minimum security.

“When you’re talking about stores for hunters and fishermen, sometimes, their security isn’t the same like when you go into a high-end department store,” he said.
He’s believed to have traveled as far as Cincinnati.  Investigators are not sure whether he pulled of the heist alone. However, he left the store with someone else. The two went into the same black SUV.

Milner said the easy money could be enticing to criminals with marginal efforts.

“When you’re doing it (stealing) over and over, that’s 100 percent profit for 10 minutes of work,” he said.

The detective said the suspect as a white male in mid-to-late 20s, who is 6 feet tall, and weighs about 175 pounds. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Columbus police at 614-461-TIPS.

CRIME OF THE WEEK: Thief Takes Crossbow from Polaris Sporting Goods Store

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