Theft is something that every retail store on Earth has to deal with. Yes, that even includes gun shops. You'd think that trying to steal something from a store full of guns and potentially armed patrons would dissuade criminals from trying to shoplift, and it does, to an extent. Some thieves are just braver than most.
That's why they prefer the flashy smash-and-grab approach over stealthy shoplifting. Just check out this security camera footage from a particularly over-the-top break in at a gun store in Houston, Texas.
Back in early March, a group of 10 masked men used a truck to literally pull the gate off of a gun store in the early morning hours.
War SHOCK: Massive Gun Store Robbery In Houston Caught On Camera… https://nyc.epeak.in/867_1147040 pic.twitter.com/kQtYhq9dta
The organized group of men then proceeded to ransack the store, smashing display cases and grabbing rifles off of the racks.
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The robbers made off with 85 guns in total. In the days that followed, many of them were caught trying to flip those guns on the black market.
Three Suspects Under Arrest in Houston Gun Store Heist – https://telegraph-24.com/2016/03/04/three-suspects-under-arrest-in-houston-gun-store-heist/ …pic.twitter.com/cERUzaLvAK
By mid-March, local authorities working with the ATF had arrested three suspects and recovered about half of the stolen weapons.
Arrests made in Houston gun store smash-and-grab caught on video https://cbsn.ws/1QOFcCD pic.twitter.com/6GGWfNF8wm
Presumably, some of those guns (and the men that stole them) are out there somewhere. Let's just hope they're caught before they strike again.
Carter’s Country gun store in SW Houston still closed after smash & grab Tues. Employees hope to reopen later today.pic.twitter.com/xP7kZoHg8m
(via ABC News)
The scary thing is that robberies like this happen all too often, and it's depressing because so little can be done to stop them. It's just uniquely awful when they happen in stores full of deadly weapons.