ATF: Three gun shop burglaries took place during Hurricane Irma

Posted at 6:05 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 18:05:04-04

The ATF is investigating three gun shop burglaries that took place during Hurricane Irma.

One of the burglaries happened in Pinellas County, the other two happened on the state's east coast. In all, about 70 guns were stolen.

"They're taking advantage of the storm." Special Agent in Charge of the ATF's Tampa Field Division, Daryl McCrary said.

Security cameras captured images of a thief at Volusia Gold and Diamond in Daytona Beach where about 35 guns were stolen. About 35 guns were also stolen from Blue Diamond Pawn Shop in Palm Bay. One gun was stolen from EZ Money Pawn and Jewelry in Seminole, the rest of their firearms were locked away.  

This trend is nothing news. Six gun shops were burglarized in Texas during Hurricane Harvey. During Hurricane Matthew last year, 100 guns were taken in two burglaries on Florida's east coast. 

The ATF has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to offer an $8,000 reward in both of the recent cases on Florida's east coast.