Pompano Beach Gun Shop Owner Says Man's Theft of Tactical Knives "Was Just Stupid"

“If we would've confronted him, and he would've opened one of those on us, we would've shot him," National Armory owner Jeff Dillard said

By Christina Hernandez
|  Friday, Jan 25, 2013  |  Updated 10:47 AM EDT
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Surveillance cameras at National Armory in Pompano Beach captured the thief pocketing four expensive tactical knives.

Surveillance cameras at National Armory in Pompano Beach captured the thief pocketing four expensive tactical knives. "For him to come in, steal weapons right in front of our noses – that wasn't brazen. That was just stupid," owner Jeff Dillard said.

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Man Caught on Camera Pocketing Tactical Knives from Pompano Beach Gun Shop

The man was seen on National Armory's surveillance cameras pocketing four expensive tactical knives. In the footage seen here, he reaches for a knife with customers nearby.
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One by one, a man is seen putting knives into his pocket.

In total, the thief pockets four expensive tactical knives – all caught on one of many surveillance cameras at National Armory in Pompano Beach.

“They're around $400-$500 apiece,” National Armory owner Jeff Dillard said. “We figure he stole around $2,000 worth of knives."

It happened Wednesday night at about 5:30 at the store near I-95 and Atlantic Boulevard with customers all around. Also nearby were employees armed with guns.

Another thing the thief seems to ignore: a sign when he walked in the door that reads, “Never mind the dog. Beware of owner.” A picture of a gun is below the message.

“If we would've confronted him, and he would've opened one of those on us, we would've shot him. We're all wearing guns in here. It's a heavy security place,” Dillard explained. “For him to come in, steal weapons right in front of our noses – that wasn't brazen. That was just stupid."

According to the surveillance video, exclusively obtained by NBC 6 South Florida, the man was in the store for about 10 minutes before he was seen leaving on a bicycle.

“All I know is the bicycle had fluorescent green shocks in the back of it,” Dillard described. “He's a big guy, about 400 pounds, riding a bicycle.”

If you have any information, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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