The ATF has arrested three suspects in a fast, coordinated burglary at a Houston gun store that emptied a wall of rifles and a display case of guns. Police report as many as 10 people were part of the crew.
According to local news sources, many of the guns have already been recovered, but that authorities have not shared how many, and the total number of stolen guns is still unknown. The crew stole more guns than they could carry, dropping firearms on the floor as they made their way out.
The local police and the ATF estimate that as many as seven or more thieves remain at large, and that they got away with at least 50 firearms. The crew worked quickly to carry out as many firearms as possible before the police could respond.
The store was burglarized in the early morning. The crew chained the shop’s burglary bars to a truck to pull them down. The entire heist took about two minutes.
Surveillance video shows the crew working quickly, with a choreographed plan that focused on specific parts of the shop. Everyone involved wore concealing clothes and masks throughout the burglary.
They first smashed open the windows, pulled out the door then charged straight for the firearms. They used hammers to break open the main windows and display cases. After the initial escape, the crew swapped vehicles, leaving the crime truck about a block from the scene.
“It takes a lot of nerve to do that,” said Jerry Wilson, who works next door, to ABC News.
Police are still searching for the remaining suspects and have asked that anyone with knowledge about the break-in step up and contact the Houston Crime Stoppers. Tips can are kept anonymously and any tips that lead to arrests can be rewarded up to $5,000. For more information visit http://www.crime-stoppers.org/.