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Posted: 9/6/2003 1:16:48 PM EST
The Garland Public Range on Pleasant Valley was burglarized this morning at around 4am.

The burglars drove a vehicle through the front of the building and took all the firearms inside. Numerous rifles and several dozen handguns were taken. Only the firearms were stolen. Garland Police are investigating.

Link Posted: 9/6/2003 4:07:27 PM EST
I thought gun shops had to lock up their firearms at night... especially handguns.

Or does that depend on what city you are in???
Link Posted: 9/6/2003 5:10:53 PM EST
100+ Stolen Guns Prompt Reward

HOUSTON, 4:39 p.m. CDT September 5, 2003 - A reward was offered Friday to find the crooks that stole more than 100 firearms over the past two months, officials told News2Houston.

The weapons, which include assault-type weapons, pistols and shotguns, were stolen from several federally licensed firearms dealers in the Houston and Harris County areas.

Houston police believe the same three men are responsible for four burglaries, which resulted in 119 weapons being stolen. The weapons are worth an estimated $100,000.

Carter's Country was one of the businesses hit and had $30,000 worth of guns taken.

"The theft was a pretty quick theft. They got in, they got the stuff that was handy, mostly handguns, and left the building in less than two minutes," said Ronnie Gulihur, with Carter's Country. "We think that may be due to the fact that (we have) a security system with cameras and things. They just took what was easy to get and leave the building."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the FBI and local law-enforcement officials in the case.

"There's an assortment of guns from shotguns to semiautomatics to assault rifles, and so we want to make sure we get them off the street. All those guns can cause a whole lot of damage," said Donnie Carter, with the BATFE. "They're crooks and the issue is, they use them to commit crimes. They use them to make money. They use them to trade for drugs. They use them to harm people. They're definitely not trying to go hunting with those guns."

"The M.O. on most of them is very similar. It's been in the early morning hours, about 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning. Entry has usually been made through the rear of these buildings by prying open doors and burglar bars," said Mike Waterwall, with the Houston Police Department.

Several surveillance cameras captured the crimes on tape, but the quality was not clear enough to provide a recognizable picture of the suspects.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to arrests and convictions in this case.

Link Posted: 9/6/2003 6:05:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By Energizer:
I thought gun shops had to lock up their firearms at night... especially handguns.

Or does that depend on what city you are in???

Different municipalities, counties, and states may require it. The ATF Pamphlet, Safety and Security Information for Fed. Firearms Licensees of March 1998 suggests that firearms be placed in a vault or safe when the business is closed but it's not required.
There were, as of this morning, no barriers or pylons blocking the front of the building from the parking lot. Barriers were being put into place at 5pm today. The burglars drove a small import car through the front of the building and took rifles from the racks and smashed display cases for the handguns. The video indicated at least 8 people were involved and the entire act took less than 20 seconds.

Link Posted: 9/6/2003 6:32:37 PM EST
Wow sounds like they really had the place scoped out. Wonder if the bad guys knew about the cameras? The area just to the west of there is residential isnt it? Pretty bold I'd say.
Link Posted: 9/6/2003 8:08:16 PM EST
Years ago the same place was hit and if I remember correctly they made off with class III firearms at that time. Hope they are caught real soon and resist.
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