Thomas Mack, 56, was charged with grand theft, having weapons under disability, illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and using weapons while intoxicated.
Police found Mack in the parking lot of the Elyria High School football stadium around 5:30 p.m. while a game was taking place. Police handcuffed Mack, who matched the description of a man who had stolen a muzzle loader from Rural King, located at 430 Oberlin Elyria Road, earlier that afternoon.
Police found a Traditions Performance .50 caliber muzzle loader, still in its package, under a vehicle Mack walked behind when officers arrived. Mack told police he stole the muzzle loader to “make a quick buck” but later said he took it so he could kill himself, according to a police report.
Police said Mack also admitted to drinking, and officers noted his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.