Nearly 50 guns are now in the hands of thieves after they were stolen by looters who were part of a group of individuals who broke into and took items from several Atlanta businesses and homes amid protests over the deaths of black individuals at the hands of former or current police officers.
A total of 43 handguns were stolen from Chuck’s Firearms, located on Miami Circle in Buckhead, at about 2:30 a.m. May 29, said Jack Lesher, its previous owner who still works there as a consultant.
The looting, riots, vandalism and acts of violence occurred as others peacefully protested in Atlanta and other cities nationwide in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd in a Minneapolis and the recent deaths of Arhmad Arbery in Brunswick and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
Lesher said the 43 handguns stolen at Chuck’s Firearms were worth between $500 and $4,500 each. “There’s a feeling they were opportunists,” he said. “They were looking for opportunities to break in and take stuff. That’s the thought pattern.
In St. Louis, another gun store was hit.
Nearly three dozen guns have been stolen from a local gun store, the St. Louis County Police Department said Monday.
According to Sgt. Benjamin Granda, the burglary took place around 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, May 31. Officers from the Affton Precinct responded to an alarm at Southside Pawn and Jewelry in the 8100 block of Gravois Road.
Officers arrived at the store and found a window on the west side of the building had been shattered and pieces of concrete on the ground beneath the window, Granda said.
The business owners conducted an inventory and determined 32 handguns and two rifles were missing.
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