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Neighbors unnerved after 100+ guns stolen from pawn shop

 5/15/17 

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police say more than 100 guns were stolen overnight from a gun and pawn shop.

Burglars broke into the Sportsmens Gun & Pawn Shop on Route 60 in Barboursville through the side of building by making a hole in the wall, according to WVSP.

A pizza shop beside the gun and pawn was broken into as well. Cash was taken from the shop. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the scene, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

Investigators are working to find out exactly how many guns and other items were stolen. 

We have a crew on the scene. 

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information. 

Teen arrested, another on the run in connection with pawn shop burglary

The crime, which was caught on camera, shows the crooks busting out the front window and crawling into the business. Using a baseball bat, two men smash out the front door of the Candler Road Pawn Shop. Once inside, they smash the glass counter top and go for the guns. They cover their faces as they run through the store. Police said they got at least 14 hand guns, and at least two long rifles.

“That's very concerning, that's 16 firearms that's very potentially, if not already, in the wrong hands,” said Major Stephen Fore, DeKalb County Police Department.

The major said thieves are targeting pawn shops for the guns and he said they are getting bolder.

“In some cases you will see where they will steal a U-Haul truck and drive it through the wall of the business,” said Major Fore.

Back in October, a group of people tried to get into the Candler Road Pawn Shop. They rammed a U-Haul truck into the front door, knocking down a concrete barrier, but in that case they could not get past the iron security gate.

Six months month later, and the owner of the shop is having to replace the door yet again. It is a problem happening all over metro Atlanta.