Athens Police: Stolen Truck Used to Burglarize Gun Store

Posted on: 11:14 am, December 6, 2013, by , updated on: 03:55pm, December 6, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Police are looking for three people they say used a stolen truck to burglarize a gun store.

Police say it about around 2:00 a.m. at Craig’s Guns & Tactical on Highway 72 East.

Officers say 3 camouflage Smith & Wesson M & P AR-15 rifles, along with several Glock and Colt pistols were stolen – approximately 20.

Police believe the truck used in this case was stolen in Madison County.

The vehicle has been recovered and is being processed as evidence.

Police have asked owners at the gun shop not to release surveillance video but WHNT got a look at the security footage which shows 3 men ramming into the facade of the building with such force the truck they were in wound up 20 feet onto the sales floor

The truck came through a partially bricked wall, and barred doors and windows.

Shop owner Craig Brown says the force of the truck knocked a 450 pound gun safe 30 feet across the floor.

“That vehicle was heavy enough it just demolished it,” says Brown.

He says he believes the offenders had been in to scope out the store before, possibly even Thursday. Browns says the thieves were only in the shop for about 40 seconds and they that made a beeline for exactly what they wanted.

“They left a lot of valuable guns behind and took guns that they either knew and were familiar with or that they thought they could sell and get rid of easily.”

Thieves also ran over 2 gun racks boasting 100 guns each, so Brown says the collateral damage – even if you don’t include damage to the building – far exceeds what was stolen.

“Just tons of ammo and accessories, I mean just demolished tens of thousands of dollars worth of inventory,” Brown laments.

He says while the mess and residual costs are certainly a headache – he and his staff have to press on.

“We’ll get everything cleaned up today and be open tomorrow, our regular hours 9am to 7pm.”

The owners of the gun store are taking inventory in order to account for all of their merchandise.

Please contact the Athens Police Department at (256) 233-8700 if you have any information about this case.

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1 Comment

  • Michael Kewl says:

    It is a sheet metal building which is easliy “pryed open” with a vehicle and the store’s location made it an ideal target for this type of break-in…if it was “Larry’s Pistol & Pawn” the bad guys would already be dead or arrested by now…

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