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Feds try to connect dots in gun shop burglaries

Posted at 11:28 PM, May 03, 2016

The ATF confirms they are looking into the similarities of recent gun shop burglaries. The latest was this past weekend at Grey Wolf's Armory. The thieves used tools to break through an 8-inch concrete wall. Inside, they stole 33 guns. In surveillance video you can see three thieves crouching down to avoid being detected by heat and motion sensors.

"Clearly somebody, either one of the members who was in the building or somebody sent in separately, had mapped out our defenses," owner Jeff Webb said.

Federal agents are closely comparing the burglary to another that happened in Tampa at Shooting Sports on North Dale Mabry in October.

The crooks once again broke through a concrete wall and meticulously stole specific hand guns.

The thieves took a total of 42 guns in that burglary. Some of the weapons have been recovered, but most are still in the hands of criminals.

The ATF says there could be a statewide or even a regional ring. There have been several similar burglaries in North and South Carolina. When asked if agents are investigating a possible link to those burglaries, an official with the ATF said agents are looking into it.

Locally, there were at least 10 burglaries of gun stores last year. The ATF confirms at least one of those guns was recovered after being used in a crime.

In 2014, there were four burglaries.