US Marshals searching for man accused of stealing guns from Austin pawn shop
Ronnie Montgomery, 28, is facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing guns from an Austin pawn shop back on August 3rd.
"It was determined through video surveillance and interviews that Ronnie Montgomery was the individual who walked into a pawn shop to look at firearms, and then received the firearms to look at them out of the display, and then walked out of the store without purchasing," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.
In addition to theft, Montgomery is facing additional charges because he's a previously convicted felon who shouldn't have weapons in his possession.
"That criminal background consists of a 2015 conviction that made him a felon, for evading arrest and detention from law enforcement, also possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana," said Filla.
Law enforcement officials were able to communicate with Montgomery through family members and that's how he eventually ended up getting rid of the stolen handguns – a .40 caliber pistol and a 9-millimeter pistol.
"He left them close to a dumpster in a white plastic bag, and those firearms have been recovered," said Filla.
But they haven't been able to find Montgomery since. His last known address was at 610 W. 31st street in central Austin, and they don't believe he's gone too far – he may even be getting help.
"If you are out there assisting Ronnie Montgomery, you can become part of this investigation as well as may face charges for hindering apprehension of a fugitive on the run," said Filla.
Montgomery indicated the reason he stole the weapons, and that's giving officers even more cause for concern.
"Somewhere along the line, law enforcement had done him wrong in his viewpoint, and that's his excuse for stealing these firearms," said Filla.
Ronnie Montgomery is 6'1 and weighs 250 pounds. If you know where he is call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.