Authorities say seven suspects have been indicted on federal charges in connection with gun thefts from firearms dealers in several Georgia cities, including Athens, Dalton, LaGrange and Macon. One of the thefts occurred in Heflin, Alabama.

U.S. Attorney John Horn on Wednesday announced the indictment, saying thefts from firearm dealers have become a serious problem in north Georgia.

He said in a statement that about 130 guns were stolen in the crime spree, which included seven thefts and three attempted thefts from October to December.

Authorities say the thieves always struck at night, either by driving a stolen car through the storefront or breaking into the business with bolt cutters and a window punch.

Prosecutors say they have evidence that some of the suspects also sold some of the stolen weapons.