UPDATE: Gatesville police say suspect in theft of semi-automatic rifles captured

The suspect entered around 2:20 a.m. June 7 the Gatesville Sporting Adventures in the 2512...
The suspect entered around 2:20 a.m. June 7 the Gatesville Sporting Adventures in the 2512 block of Business Highway 36.(Gatesville Police Department)
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 1:55 PM CDT
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) - UPDATE: The suspect in the theft of semi-automatic rifles from a Coryell County sporting goods store “has been located and all firearms recovered,” Gatesville police announced late Wednesday.

Police and ATF agents “worked through the day to make this happen and we thank our partners for their assistance!”

No further information was provided.


The Gatesville Police Department is investigating the theft of firearms from a sports goods store Wednesday morning.

At around 2:20 a.m. on June 7, the suspect entered the Gatesville Sporting Adventures store at 2512 block of Business Highway 36.

According to police, the suspect was able to obtain several handguns and two AR-style rifles before fleeing the scene in a vehicle and has not been located at this time.

The suspect was described as a man with a thin stature, medium complexion, and was last seen wearing a black “FILA” sweatshirt with a black hood over his head.

Police said he was wearing a white t-shirt under the sweatshirt, dark gloves, slightly faded blue jeans, and black sneakers with shiny or light coloring on the top and heel.

He was seen driving away in a silver-colored Nissan Sentra. The car’s plate was partially obscured and investigators were only able to get a partial license plate: PJL.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Post at the Gatesville Police Department, at 254.865.2226.

Tips may also be posted with Centex Crime Stoppers and a cash reward will be paid for information leading to an arrest. Centex Crime Stoppers can be reached at 254.865.8477.