KGW reports that a 30- to 40-year-old man broke into a gun store display in Portland, Oregon and stole two vintage guns that were used in movies starring John Wayne and William Holden.
Michael Clerk is the owner of Movie Madness, a sprawling movie store that displays movie memorabilia from a number of classic movies, including props from the “Wizard of Oz” and the knife from “Psycho.”
Store surveillance captured footage of a bald, white male breaking into one of the display cases and grabbing two movie guns. The man shoved the guns down his pants (compensating for something?) and then fled the scene on a mountain bike.
One of the stolen weapons was a Winchester rifle that was used by John Wayne in the 1962 film, ”The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and the other was a shotgun carried by William Holden in the 1969 movie, “The Wild Bunch.”
Clerk said that the stolen guns, “have a lot of sentimental value to all of us here at Movie Madness and to all of our wonderful customers.” He added, “I want ‘em back. I will not stop until I do get them back.”
Police are currently investigating. The man clearly wasn’t trying to hide his face in the video, so there’s a decent chance that somebody out there might recognize the suspect. Do you have any buddies who are bragging about a new John Wayne gun? If so, you could make an easy $1,000. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to anybody who provides information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.