AR-15 closeup

Just in time for Thanksgiving last week, a man in Asheville, North Carolina broke into a gun safe at Walmart, and helped himself to an AR-15 rifle on-camera. He stuffed the gun down his pants, grabbed 150 rounds of ammo, and made his way out of the store.

surveilance photo of thief

Now police are looking for the man, according to WLOS News-13.

The rifle and ammo were valued at $920 – but when it comes to gun theft, it’s not just about the money. That’s a powerful weapon to have out there on the streets without a license, background check, or any accountability.

The AR-15 is the same gun model that was used in the Newtown shootings. Its firing capability lives up to its menacing appearance – it can fire as quickly as the gunman can pull the trigger. The AR-15 is known as the civilian semi-automatic version of the military’s M-16 rifle, which was put into heavy use during the Vietnam War.

Police are still searching for the thief, who they describe as follows:

The suspect is described as white and 30-35 years old. He is believed to be 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and 150 pounds with short brown hair. He was wearing a white and blue baseball cap, white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black jacket. The suspect may be traveling in a white, newer model, four-door sedan.