Altus Police were on the lookout for two men yesterday, Joseph Luis Perez and Omar Macias Villegas, who were thought to be involved in the theft of handguns from a local pawn shop. The suspects were identified on video surveillance after police made contact with them on Wednesday afternoon, on an unrelated call, in the area of Go Pawn.
According Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, police responded to Go Pawn, located at 719 E. Broadway, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
“After entering the store, video surveillance shows one suspect attempting to keep the owner occupied or distracted during a pawn transaction while the other suspect reaches over the display showcase, removes a handgun,” said Murphy. “He then places it in his waistband and conceals it with his shirt.”
Murphy said that after the theft, the video shows the two suspects speaking to one another. “A short time later, one of the suspects distracts the store owner while the other reaches into the display showcase and removes a second handgun.”
The two suspects left the shop together a short time later.
Suspect, Joseph Luis Perez, was taken into custody at approx. 1 p.m. on Friday by Altus Police, after turning himself into the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. The second suspect, Omar Villegas, was apprehended later Friday afternoon. He was found hiding in a shed in the back yard in the 500 block of W. Walnut.
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