Suspect who allegedly stole AR-15 rifle from Crockett Walmart arrested
By Gary Bass| February 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM CST - Updated July 21 at 2:05 PM
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE)
Two days after the Crockett Police Department released his photo and asked for the public's help, the man who allegedly stole an AR-15 rifle from the town's Walmart was arrested in Corpus Christi.
Skyler William Mynard, 26, of Alto and Corpus Christi, is still being held in the Nueces County Jail on a third-degree felony felon in possession of a firearm charge and a state-jail felony charge of theft of a firearm. No bail amount was available.
Additional charges are pending from the Corpus Christi Police Department, according to a press release from the Crockett Police Department.
“Detectives received several calls due to the media release of the suspect's photo and video that led to the identity of Mynard,” the press release stated. “Fingerprints that were recovered from the scene were also compared and matched with Mynard.”
After Mynard was identified, Crockett PD detectives obtain arrest warrants for theft of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm Tuesday, and Mynard was arrested later that day. At this time, the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle still has not been recovered, and detectives are still working on the case and other follow-up investigations, the press release stated.
“We want to thank the media for their quick release of the suspect's photo and thank all the people that called and gave information in this case,” said Crockett Police Chief David Cross. “We appreciate the great job our detectives did at the crime scene in recovering fingerprints and DNA and working on this case.”
According to a press release, Crockett Police officers were dispatched out to the Walmart store located in the 1200 block of East Loop 304 in reference to a stolen rifle at approximately 8:52 p.m. Saturday.
When the CPD officers looked at the surveillance video footage from the store, it showed a white man wearing a red shirt, a dark-colored jacket, blue jeans, and a baseball cap enter the store at 8:45 p.m. Saturday. In the footage, the suspect enters the store and walks to the sporting goods section.
After he made several passes through the area looking for store employees, the suspect went behind the counter and tried to open the sliding door to the gun case with both hands.
When that didn't work, the man shown in the surveillance video came out from behind the counter and used an object to break the glass, according to the press release.
The suspect grabbed a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and left the store via a fire door that was located near the sporting goods section, the press release stated. He then ran around the back of the store and got into a gray or silver late-model Crown Victoria. According to the press release, the suspect did not take any magazines or ammunition for the AR-15.
Police believe that the robbery was planned beforehand.