A stash of paintball guns stolen from a Kitchener Store this week could be on their way to the black market.
If so, police are warning anyone looking to purchase such guns, to be cautious. “If you’re buying at an unusual low price or where the deal is too good to be true, you may want to question the source,” said police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel.
About 12 Tippmann paintball guns, also known as markers, were stolen from K-W Surplus on Victoria Street around 5:45 a.m., Monday. Pat Knechtel, general manager of the store, said two guys smashed the front door open, rushed to the display of markers, grabbed whatever they could and took off through the back. All the while an alarm rang through the building, notifying security of the break-in. But before officers could arrive, the thieves had run off.
The markers range in price from $150 to $500, Knechtel said. He doubts the thieves took the markers to use as replica hand guns. “They look somewhat like real guns, but I think most people would realize what they are,” he said. He suspects the thieves will try to sell the guns.
With any product, buyers should know who they’re dealing with when they set out to purchase something. “We’re warning anyone in the market for paintball guns to not buy them from unreliable sources,” Olaf Heinzel said. “Otherwise, they’re setting themselves up to buy stolen property.” If police determine you’re in possession of stolen property, they’ll seize the item, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-653-7700 ext. 3306 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.