A massive firearms theft in Brenham has left police looking for more than 60 weapons, including some assault rifles. The burglary has nearly wiped the local gun store out of business.
The owner of Bosse's Gun World, John Bosse, had a rude awakening when he went into work Monday morning. Most of his gun inventory had been stolen, and his store was left in pieces.
As if this wasn't bad enough, Bosse says it wasn't the first time.
"It's a big mess," Bosse said.
His gun store now ransacked for the fifth time in the last 27 years. This time almost wiping him out completely.
"I'm immune, I've been broken into before," Bosse said. "It doesn't do any good to sit down and cry about it."
Bosse says he's tried just about everything. Fancy alarms, and even boarding up all the windows. But nothing seems to keep some trigger happy thieves from getting in.
"If you beat on anything long enough you're going to beat it down," Bosse said.
That's just how Bosse says the crooks got in one time before, by banging in one of his side doors.
This time though, Bosse says they broke off a welded covering to his A-C unit, and then stacked two buckets on top of each other, to climb up and remove the air conditioner, and were able to slide into the shop.
"Once they get in they're going to take everything they can grab," Bosse said.
And they did.
Wednesday afternoon, two days after Bosse discovered the break-in he's still doing inventory of all the weapons stolen.
"About 11 pistols, five AR-15's, one AK-47, and the rest of them were just shot guns and rifles," Bosse said. "A lot of them were repair guns and customer guns."
Despite the estimated $30,000 misfortune, Bosse says he's still in business. And that's the way he likes it.
"I'm 68 years old, I'm not going to quit," Bosse said. "It's still fun."
Bosse says an alarm inside the shop was tampered with, and his telephone lines cut during the break-in. But he says he plans on getting a new alarm, and this time plans to weld a cover over the A-C unit also on the inside of the building.
Police in Brenham say there are very concerned about the type of weapons the thieves got away with, and they're asking for help in tracking down the crooks.
If you have any information about the break-in at Bosse's Gun World you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 836-T-I-P-S. Police say you could receive a cash reward.