It was all caught on surveillance video. A group of at least 10 masked thieves used a pick-up truck to break into a gun shop in Houston.
Footage shows the Ford F-150 being used to simply rip the doors off the building, allowing the thieves to grab upwards of 50 firearms.
Just in case you thought crooks just got all their guns from that make-believe “gun show loophole” this video should provide some clarity as to how little these low-lifes care about gun laws.
According to KHOU-TV, the crime took place around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The thieves were able to steal several firearms from the store before getting away. Robert Elder, the ATF Houston Field Division special agent in charge of the case, said the types of weapons stolen could be used in more violent future crimes, such as drive-by shootings, murder and other robberies.
“These types of crimes are becoming more prevalent in the Houston area,” Elder told KHOU.
According to theblaze,
“Typically the groups that are stealing these will sell them for a profit, and they will a lot of times be sold to other criminals in the area and in surrounding areas,” he added. “It’s a source of guns. It’s a black market source of guns for the criminal element.”
According to KPRC-TV, the robbers used hammers to smash glass cases inside of the store to steal firearms as well as took several rifles off racks. The suspects in the case are thought to have changed vehicles shortly after the fleeing the scene, possibly to a later model Chevrolet Traverse SUV.
ATF confirmed to KPRC that multiple arrests have already been made, and federal charges are expected.
“I’m very shocked, and I’m very stunned this could happen to these people,” Robert Sarabia, a customer of the store, told KHOU. “You wouldn’t think this could happen in our neighborhood. I live right across the way. I’ve heard of nothing like this before.”
Watch dramatic security footage of the robbery below:
More footage from the robbery: