Thieves steal $40,000 worth of rifles from Newnan gun store - WNEM TV 5

Thieves steal $40,000 worth of rifles from Newnan gun store

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NEWNAN, GA (CBS46) -

Local and federal investigators are searching for three people who burglarized a gun store in Newnan on Sunday.

Surveillance cameras at The AR Bunker gun shop recorded the quick heist. In the video you can see a silver four-door car back into the storefront window just before 5 a.m. Three people get out of the car, run around and jump over counters, shoving firearms into the backseat. The trio drove out of the store less than a minute after busting in.

Moments later in the video, police cars pull up to the store, blue lights flashing. Three officers approach the shattered storefront, pointing their flashlights inside and slowly searching inside.

The thieves got away with at least $40,000 worth in weapons. But they dumped the car nearby, leaving some guns in it and in the woods as they ran away.

They also left behind about $15,000 in damaged inventory and another $15,000 in rebuilding costs.

Store owner Rusty Morris says he moved to this Newnan location on Highway 35 because police often patrol the area. "It's just unbelievable. We moved from Fayetteville about 10 years ago because of the attempted break-ins that we'd had up there," he said.

Morris and his staff spent all day Sunday cleaning up and going over the store inventory. Twenty-two guns were taken, half of which were AR-15s; Morris calls them modern sporting rifles.

The other 11 guns were .22 rifles made to look like an AR-15, complete with the same flip-up sights and stock. Morris says these rifles fire rounds at a much lower velocity than the AR-15 and are typically used to hunt very small game and for target practice.

By Monday morning construction crews had boarded up the storefront. Morris says new glass and bars will be put up later.

He also says a group of people visited the store twice last week, walking and looking around without buying anything. "They stayed in the store and walked around. And despite us asking, they wanted no help and left without asking any questions. We have them on video and we're gonna make a copy of them for the sheriff's department and the ATF so they can combine with some of their other leads."

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 404-577-TIPS.

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