Man arrested for graveyard target practice
A Weymouth man was arrested for shooting targets in a Quincy cemetery with an augmented sniper rifle, Quincy police said.
According to police, officers received a call at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon from a man in the cemetery saying he saw another man with a rifle.
Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the witness, who said he was going to his mother’s grave to drop off some flowers when he saw the suspect lying behind the rifle in the graveyard.
He called police to report the incident. The suspect then approached him and pushed the witness against the hood of his car until police arrived.
Police said the suspect was dressed head to toe in camouflage and had a long-range 50 caliber rifle with a tripod attached. A target was approximately 50 feet away.
According to police, the suspect had augmented the rifle so that it could shoot bullets in a different way. The suspect told police he found instructions on how to augment the rifle on the Internet.
Police also discovered two rifles, an air pistol, and several air cannons in the suspect’s car along with some Adderall.
Robert Kurtzer, 33, from Weymouth, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, possession of a Class B substance, possession of ammunition components, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
According to police, the suspect entered the store wearing a black and gray jacket, gray running pants, white sneakers, and a white mask and quickly showed the clerk the tip of what may have been a gun.
The suspect then gave the clerk a note, which stated “give me all your money and no one will get hurt,” police said.
The clerk gave the suspect some money from the lottery drawings and from the register and the suspect fled.
Although the suspect never spoke, the clerk and two witnesses believed the suspect was female.
Police are investigating the incident. A police dog was used to track the suspect’s scent to a nearby street, where police believe the suspect got into a car.
Surveillance photos have also been released to the public. If anyone has any information on the robbery, they should contact the Quincy police.