Guns Stolen From Brazos County Gun Store Continue Being Recovered

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More than 80 stolen guns from a Brazos County gun store continue to show up in other parts of the state and across the country.

It all stems from a smash and grab burglary that was caught on camera near Bryan nearly two years ago.

The guns were stolen from the Great Texas Gun Company on Highway 21 east.

News 3 looks at how most of the guns have ended up in the Corpus Christi area.

The thieves moved quickly and brazenly at the Great Texas Gun Company on December 17, 2011.

In just a matter of minutes surveillance cameras captured these men stealing more than 80 guns from the gun store undeterred by the burglar alarm.

"Just crash and grab type of robbery or burglary and it certainly showed that they had a level of sophistication," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.

Kirk says since the burglary seven of the guns have been recovered in the Corpus Christi area with the latest two found in August.

"Unfortunately some of 'em have been recovered under tragic situations. One was involved in a shooting, one was involved in a suicide. Two were recovered through search warrants and one under a traffic situation, traffic stop. So you know it, unfortunately these guns are out there still," Kirk said.

Another stolen handgun was found on convicted felon Mark Mechikoff in January after he caused a disturbance at the Circus Circus Casino in Reno, Nevada.

But the Washoe County Sheriff's Office in Nevada dropped the charges and transferred him back to the California Department of Corrections.

He'd violated parole after a four year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was discharged from his parole in June and was never connected to the break-in in Brazos County.

Three other men were arrested in February last year after they were caught in the act of breaking through the roof of a pawn shop in the Houston suburb of Spring.

Investigators believe Guillermo Andersen, Christian Carbajal, and Jesus Rendon are somehow connected to the Great Texas Gun Company burglary, but have not be charged for that.

"In the case of the subjects that have been caught with these guns they're not being cooperative... We'd like to bring whoever stole them to justice," Kirk said.

That brings the total number of guns recovered to eight with 81 believed to have been stolen.

Luckily no one was injured in the shooting in the Corpus Christi area that Sheriff Chris Kirk mentioned.

An ATF agent also says that while several people have been arrested for possessing the guns so far no one has been arrested for the break-in at the Great Texas Gun Company.

The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary.

If you have any information on this case you're asked to contact Crimestoppers at (979) 775-TIPS (8477) or Houston Crimestoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).