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September 12, 1999

Armed robber knocks off gun store

By KEVIN CONNOR -- Staff Reporter
  A gun store with an arsenal of more than 200 weapons was robbed Friday evening by a bandit brandishing a shotgun of his own.
 Three Ruger Mini-14 rifles were stolen -- the same type of gun 25-year-old Marc Lepine used to kill 14 women and wound 13 others at l'ecole Polytechnique in Montreal nearly a decade ago.
 "It's not every day that a gun store is robbed. This is the first time that I can remember," said Winnipeg police Staff Sgt. Frank Minaker.
 At 8:30 p.m., the bandit entered the SIR Warehouse Sports Store at 1385 Ellice Ave. and stole the three semi-automatic rifles.
 "The suspect walked in with a shotgun and attended to the rear gun section and without a word went behind the counter, removed three high-powered rifles and fled the premises," Minaker said.
 No one was hurt and no shots were fired.
 Management at the store refused to comment.
 "If someone has a gun, what are you going to do?" said one employee who wouldn't give his name.
 The store keeps trigger locks on the guns, but doesn't lock the weapons up.
 There is nothing wrong with the way SIR stores its guns, Minaker said.
 "(The robber) didn't take any ammunition, but (the bullets) are standard over-the-counter ammunition," Minaker said.
 Police are looking for a male, age unknown, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9, with a stocky build and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask, black jacket and black pants.

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