A 64-year-old Erie man who tried to sell an antique pistol on the Discovery Channel TV show "American Guns" in December is accused of stealing the $20,000 revolver from a private museum in New Mexico.
Wylie Gene Newton is seen on the show, filmed at Gunsmoke Guns in Wheat Ridge, trying to sell two black-powder revolvers. A viewer contacted Santa Fe authorities looking for a stolen 1800s vintage Colt Dragoon black-powder revolver.
On the episode, first aired in December, Newton says he had fired the rare gun. "What's the point in having a gun if you can't shoot it?" he says.
In a separate shot, the store's owner and the show's star, Rich Wyatt, says: "Wylie pulls out a museum-quality Colt Dragoon, and then he tells us he shoots it. That's nuts. I like this guy's style."
Last Thursday, undercover detectives from the Wheat Ridge Police Department met with Newton and offered to buy the stolen gun, leading to his arrest.
He is being held in the Jefferson County Detention Center on a warrant from New Mexico.
Colorado court records show Newton has been arrested several times, including charges of assault, drunken driving, obstruction of justice, intimidating a witness and other charges.
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On Thursday, undercover detectives from the Wheat Ridge Police Department met Newton and offered to buy the stolen gun, leading to his arrest.