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SPD issues urgent appeal for return of stolen AK-47

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KSLA's Adam Hooper shows a gun similar to the one that was stolen. KSLA's Adam Hooper shows a gun similar to the one that was stolen.

It's a deadly weapon in some hands but a collector's item for others. And now one is missing from its owner.

Shreveport Investigators say an AK-47 was stolen last Sunday from a car in parking lot of a Walmart at the Westport Shopping Center in West Shreveport.

The gun belonged to a Walmart employee. Shreveport Police aren't commenting on who that person is, or, if he or she legally owned the gun. They just want it back.

Police released surveillance video, shown above, of a man believed to be carrying one of the world's most powerful assault rifles. The man appears to be casually strolling down the sidewalk with the AK-47 by his side.

The rifle shoots a 7.62 by 39 cartridge, and it's a semi-automatic assault rifle.

"That AK-47 makes a distinct sound, and it's not one you want coming your way," says Paul Murray, owner of Shooters USA.

Murray says that, although all weapons have the potential to be deadly in the wrong hands, an AK-47 in the wrong hands is bad news.

"It's to the benefit of the public, if someone sees this gun or recognizes somebody that says, 'Hey, I got a new gun, and it is an AK,' let the police department know quickly so they can check that out. It might be the one they're looking for."

Shreveport Police say 345 guns have been reported stolen this year alone. In this case, Crime Stoppers is offering a $400 reward for any information that leads police to the missing AK-47.

Contact them at 673-7373 or www.lockemup.org.

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