15 handguns stolen from Murfreesboro pawn shop

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two bold and brazen burglars broke into a Murfreesboro pawn shop and stole 15 handguns, and it’s all caught on video.

Police are concerned the guns will end up in the hands of other criminals. They are also sending a warning to those who may buy one of the stolen pistols.

The suspects are first seen on surveillance video outside the TC’s Pawn and Loan on Mercury Blvd.; one appears to be spooked as a car passes.

They walk around to the front door, and then one of the them uses a tire iron to break the glass on the front door. The shattered glass rains down on one of the suspect’s backs as he enters.

The men run over to the display case, also shattering the glass, and start loading handguns into two backpacks.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Store employees told News 2 they believe the two suspects may have been in the store prior to case the place; they went directly for the gun case.

“They knew what they were looking for, they where to find it, and they were aware of some of the security features inside the store,” said Murfreesboro police Sgt. Kyle Evans.

Evans told News 2 officers are concerned where the guns will end up.

“There is only one purpose for stealing pistols and that’s to put them into the hands of criminals,” Evans said. “This is a recipe for disaster.”

On the video you can see one of the suspects run around the counter, going directly to the shelf where ammunition is kept. Police said they stole about 20 boxes of ammo worth thousands of dollars.

“Now we have ammunition and stolen guns out on the streets, and again that’s a recipe for disaster,” the spokesperson said.

The burglars were careful, covering their faces and wearing baggy clothing.

It’s hard to make out the logo on one of the hooded sweatshirts, but one is carrying a Nike backpack in the video. One appears to be left handed.

Police said it’s only a matter of time before these crooks are captured.

“There are two people involved in this, so they are going to talk,” Evans said. “Any time you steal 15 guns and a large amount of ammunition, word is going to get out as to who that is.”

When you buy a gun person-to-person, you can take it to your local police department and make sure it’s not stolen.

“Buyer beware,” Evans said. “If you buy a stolen gun and if you’re caught with that stolen gun, you can be held responsible.”

The pawn shop owner will be adding addition security measure to the business. Last night he slept on the floor behind the counter with a shot gun, just in case the burglars returned.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects. The pawn shop owner is also offering a $1,000 reward.

Anyone with information is urged to call 615-893-7867.

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