Burglary suspect slams car into North Bay gun store to get inside

An unidentified man with light or tan completion and short dark hair appears to rummage through inventory after using his vehicle to break into Marin Firearms on Thursday morning.
An unidentified man with light or tan completion and short dark hair appears to rummage through inventory after using his vehicle to break into Marin Firearms on Thursday morning. Photo credit Novato Police Department

Police said a man crashed his car into a Novato gun store early Thursday, using it to break into the business and possibly steal guns.

The incident happened shortly before 5 a.m. at Marin Firearms on Alameda del Prado, Novato Police said. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a green 1997 Honda CRV wedged inside the store. Security footage showed the suspect, identified only as a man with light or tan completion and short dark hair, appearing to rummage through inventory.

He was wearing a black balaclava style ski mask, black and yellow USC Trojans sweatshirt, black pants and tan-colored work boots.

Novato Police said the suspect, who fled the scene on foot, left his green 1997 Honda Civic wedged inside the store.
Novato Police said the suspect, who fled the scene on foot, left his green 1997 Honda Civic wedged inside the store. Photo credit Novato Police Department

Police believe the man may have made off with one rifle. They recovered two more from the backseat of the car, which had been reported stolen in Novato.

Police are asking businesses on and near Alameda del Prado to check their surveillance recordings for the suspect or his vehicle.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Novato Police Department at 415-897-4361, email crimetips@novato.org or text ‘TIP NOVATO’ to 888-777.