A 19-year-old Florida man faces grand theft charges after trying to steal a rifle from a pawn shop by shoving it down his pants! Surveillance video captured inside Public Pawn and Gun in Davie, Florida, shows Marlon Alvarez sizing up an AK-47 before stuffing it down his pants and tucking it underneath his sweatshirt. Eventually, Alvarez changes his mind and swaps it out for a different rifle. When he starts walking out of the store, the owner noticed him limping with the weapon down his pant leg.
The owner tackled Alvarez and managed to retrieve the nearly $900 rifle. Alvarez ran away, but was apprehended by police a block away. He was charged with grand theft and held on $25,000 bond.
Marlon Paul Alvarez, of Fort Lauderdale, made his first appearance in court Wednesday where Judge John Hurley expressed concern about the young man’s behavior.
“You allegedly went into that pawn shop and removed an AK-47 rifle on display and stuck it down your pants,” the judge read from the arrest report. “After a while, [you] pulled it out, put it back, then grabbed another assault rifle off another display [and] put that down your pants.”
Alvarez said in court that he had moved from New York to Florida about a year ago and the judge noted there was a New York injunction barring Alvarez from gun ownership. Assistant state attorney Eric Linder asked the judge to set a high bond.
“It’s one thing to try to steal a firearm, it’s another thing trying to steal an AK47 and potentially trying to put a stolen firearm out on the street,” Linder said.
According to the arrest report, Alvarez confessed to stealing the rifle and when you watch the video below you will see why he confessed.