07/21/2011 12:16 pm ET | Updated Sep 20, 2011

Man Who Stole Kiddie Pool From Walmart Hunted By San Antonio Police

Apparently, it is that hot outside.

Police in San Antonio, Texas, are trying to track down a gunman who threatened to "bust a cap" in two Walmart employees before stealing an inflatable kiddie pool.

The heist occurred at around 5:20 a.m. on July 3, according to a press release issued by the investigators. That's when two employees who were unloading goods from a truck at the rear of the big box shop encountered the perp.

The thief -- who was reportedly pushing a shopping cart loaded with the kiddie pool and a blow-up boat -- ordered one of the workers to open the back door or he would "bust a cap in him," according to a police documents obtained by WOAI.

The crook then pulled out a black handgun and threatened he would return to "bust a cap" in both employees if they called cops.

The gunman -- described as a Hispanic man, age 40 to 50, who stands around 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 150 pounds -- made his getaway in a yellow taxi, police told KVUE.

(The San Antonio Police Crime Stoppers program will offer up to $5,000 for information that helps apprehend the pool thief. Call 210-224-7867 with tips.)

There's some dispute as to whether high temperatures really lead to high crime rates.

But there's no doubt that high summer temperatures have sparked weather-influenced criminal incidents.

This summer, investigators around the country have been battling a perceived uptick in air conditioner thefts.

In June, Arizona police arrested a 44-year-old woman on indecent exposure charges after she was found sleeping naked on a park bench -- allegedly in an attempt to cool off.

Earlier this week, a McDonald's customer reportedly threw a fit after her ice cream cake melted -- pelting workers with what remained of the treat and slapping an employee.


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