Man steals gun by stuffing it down his pants at west Houston store

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HEDWIG VILLAGE, TX — Excuse me sir, is that a python in your pants? As in a Colt Python handgun.

The Hedwig Village Police Department is searching for a man accused of stealing a gun by stuffing it in his pants with the help of a woman and then walking out of the store.

Investigators said a man in his 50s entered a sporting goods store located in the 8900 block of the Katy Freeway around 3:30 p.m. July 3. He was later joined by a woman in her late 40s. The two headed to the gun counter and started looking at firearms, police said.

The man signaled the woman to distract the cashier while he went to the collector’s firearms showcase, officers said. Hedwig Village officers said the man used a key to lift the top glass cover, reached into the showcase and then removed a blue steel Colt Python handgun. The gun is valued at $3,000, according to police.

Investigators said the suspected robber placed the weapon into his pants before further concealing it with his shirt.

Police said the two left the store without paying for the weapon. They then went into the parking lot without paying for the firearm and then drove off in a black Nissan Murano SUV, investigators said.

Anyone with information related to this robbery is asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).