Stolen movie prop guns returned to Portland video store

Stolen movie prop guns returned to Portland video store
Photo by Mike Warner, KATU News

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two guns that were used as props in western movies and stolen from a Southeast Portland video store last year were returned last weekend.

Matt Parnell with Movie Madness said a man walked into the store on Sunday with the two prop guns wrapped in towels and garbage bags. The man, who was not identified, said he found the guns near Mt. Tabor and knew they belonged to the video store.

Employees got the man’s name and email address. They said he was not Erick Duane Johnson, who was captured on surveillance video stealing the guns on July 24, 2012. Police said Johnson was in the store for about 25 minutes before he broke into a locked display cabinet and stole the guns.

Parnell said employees have since emailed the man who returned the guns but have not received a response.

One gun is a Winchester rifle used by John Wayne in the 1962 film “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” The other is a shotgun used by William Holden in the 1969 film “The Wild Bunch.”

Parnell said the guns were not seriously damaged.

Johnson is still wanted for theft, police said. He is a white man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He is mostly bald with short, brown hair and blue eyes. Police said he rode away from the store on a dark-colored mountain bike.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to Johnson’s arrest. If you have any information you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-4357.