Texas law enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives authorities announced Wednesday that several arrests have been made and firearms were recovered after a smash-and-grab incident at a gun shop.
Surveillance footage from inside and outside Carter’s Country Guns & Ammo in Houston shows about 10 men bursting into the store Tuesday morning, smashing the cases and sacking the place of guns and ammo. The men wore hoodies and masks to hide their faces. The footage also shows the group using a truck to pull the security bars off the door.
More than 50 weapons were stolen altogether and some suspects are still being sought after, according to Click2Houston.com. Police have not released the identities of those who have been arrested, but federal charges are expected to be filed.
The ATF told KHOU.com Tuesday that similar smash-and-grabs are increasing in the Houston. The thieves are taking the guns and selling them to gangs and other criminal groups, which in turn are used in more violent crimes.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to charges or the arrest of any of the suspects. Residents are urged to report information to the hotline at 713-222-TIPS or submit information online.