Burglars crash SUV into Greenwood gun store, steal weapons

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The owner of a Greenwood gun store is picking up the pieces after a burglary early Wednesday morning.  

Police said two men drove a stolen SUV through the front door of Elmore's Firearms on State Road 135 around 2:45 a.m.

Surveillance video obtained by Fox 59 News showed two males, in hoodies, face masks and gloves, running through the store, smashing a pair of display cases with a hammer. They stole a .22-pistol with a silencer/suppressor device attached and a SR-15 rifle. The thieves attempted to grab several semi-automatic rifles from a wall display but were thwarted by cables and locks. The burglars then left the store and escaped in a second waiting vehicle.

Value of the guns is estimated at $10,000. Damage to the store is estimated at $25,000. 

Owner Russ Elmore told Fox 59 News he believed the thieves were previous customers who knew where to find the guns they wanted but were unaware that the staff locks up most of its firearms overnight.

The SR-15 was specially made by Knights Armaments which produced only 100 of the model.

The break-in is similar to a burglary at Don’s Guns on North Lafayette Road at west 38th Street in 2008. In that burglary, three teens stole more than a dozen weapons after crashing a small stolen car into the store’s exterior wall.

“I never would’ve dreamed it could happen,” said owner Don Davis. “They had to hit the store three times to crawl through the hole.”

The thieves were eventually captured and sentenced to jail. Some of the guns were recovered. David rebuilt and reinforced the exterior wall with steel beams and beefed up his surveillance video system.

“If you come to Don’s, you’re only chance is to come in here when we are open,” said Davis. “We are taking your picture so we can see you made a bad move in here and we can kill you.”

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