Wasilla police seek gun store burglar

Zaz Hollander

Wasilla police are looking for a man who stole three semi-automatic pistols and a distinctive, semi-automatic .50-caliber rifle Sunday night from Mat-Su Tactical LLC, a Wasilla gun and weapons training business.

The estimated value of the stolen firearms is $12,295, police said in a news release.

The man, described as a white male, got into the store near midnight Sunday by breaking a rear window with a rock and then reaching in and unlocking the door, police said. He stole the weapons from a display case.

Surveillance video shows the suspect wearing heavy black boots, ski jacket, hoodie, a "beanie" hat and scarf.

Stolen were a Barrett .50 caliber rifle with a Swarovski scope, Model M82 A1, Serial 1049; a Smith & Wesson M & P Shield 9 mm pistol, Serial HSR4402; a Glock 37 .45 G.AP., Serial LKU393; and a Taurus PT92 9 mm pistol, Serial TGM03420.

The store, located just off the Parks Highway near Lowe's, advertises itself as a store that provides "equipment, supplies, training, and support to civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel," according to its website.

The Barrett, a large semi-automatic rifle, is probably one of just a handful in the state, store owner Peter Menage said Tuesday.

Several people commenting on Mat-Su Tactical's Facebook page asked about a gun safe or other overnight security for weapons. Menage said that wasn't feasible, but said the store has numerous other security features.

"If somebody wants something bad enough, they'll find a way," he said.

Anyone with information about the break-in can call Wasilla police at 907-352-5401 or Mat-Su Crime Stoppers at 907-745-3333.

Reach Zaz Hollander at zhollander@adn.com or 257-4317.