Detectives may have link in gun shop theft

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

Gwinnett County police are now investigating if the Big Gun Armory burglary is connected to a similar incident that happened four months earlier in Buford.

DACULA, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has tracked down new details surrounding the theft of several firearms from a Dacula gun shop.

Gwinnett County police are now investigating if the burglary is connected to a similar incident that happened four months earlier in Buford.

Police said thieves smashed through the front of the Big Gun Armory on Saturday morning and within minutes, made off with more than 40 guns.

Last September, thieves drove a stolen truck right through the Buck N' Bass in Buford. They made off with more than 30 guns, including some high-powered assault weapons.

"That, of course, makes us question whether or not they're involved in any way; whether these were committed by the same perpetrators," Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.

Gwinnett County police has teamed up with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to work both cases.

Investigators hope to identify those burglars using surveillance video from neighboring businesses.

Of the nearly 80 stolen guns on the street so far, investigators have only recovered one from the first burglary.

"There was one handgun recovered, and we don't have evidence it was used in a crime. But it was interesting to us that it was recovered in metro Atlanta," Smith said.

Police said it's possible many of handguns and shotguns have already crossed the border into Mexico.

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