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New Video Shows Crooks Breaking Into Local Gun Store

It sounds like a scene from a Hollywood movie. Three men peel the siding off a Brazos County gun store, break in and steal 80 guns. Investigators now worried where those guns have gone.

Investigators call this a "crash and grab" type of crime. Criminals crash their way into a building, grab what they want and leave in minutes. In surveilance video released by the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, you can see these criminals just don't care about the alarm or the cameras.

See surveillance video from the store in the video player above this story

From the outside, it's hard to see that crooks broke in early Saturday morning and stole 80 guns from the Great Texas Gun Company in the Brazos County community of Kurten.

But video from cameras mounted in and around the store tell a different story.

"Video surveilance shows three suspects that mingle around the building, work on the building," explains Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.

The video shows three people in well lit areas working around the store. Once they break through the outside of the building, a white pick-up truck pulls up.

Remember the truck, it's important.

Sheriff Kirk says five or more suspects could be involved. You see three of them get out of the bed of the truck and two out of the cab.

Inside the store, they go to work. To grab 80 guns, ranging from handguns to semi-automatic rifles, it takes them just about two minutes.

"They just run in, grab the guns, and get out as quick as they can," says Kirk.

"This was obviously a well organized effort to steal these guns."

Remember the truck?

It was stolen. The owner lives in Wixon Valley. Sheriff's officers find it not far away, abandoned.

"You have to think that they might have some way to get rid of those guns rather quickly. Our efforts can hopefully get us some leads so we can act before they do," says Kirk.

Kirk continues to say he feels confident that the quicker investigators can identify any suspects the better off the chances are of recovering those weapons.

The Sheriff's office is working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to help track down these weapons.


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