NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police are looking for four suspects they said stole more than 30 firearms from a local gun store.
Police tell Channel 2’s Audrey Washington the thieves made out with dozens of guns from Shots Fired gun store in Covington just before 3 a.m. Monday.
The four men broke in through a steel-enforced back door. Officers say the crime took a total of about three minutes.
Surveillance photos show the men, all wearing hoodies, as they smashed through a cabinet and even held up guns.
Police say the thieves then stuffed them in bags before making their getaway in a tan Dodge 1500, an older model silver Pontiac GT and a silver Honda Accord with driver side damage. Officers believe they used the Honda to bump the back door so they could break in.
Among the guns stolen were several AR-15s, according to police.
Police say the men appeared familiar with the layout of the store and they believe the thieves cased it out weeks in advance.
“It’s quite possible they’ve been in the store in the past,” Covington police Detective Allan Seebaran said.
Washington talked to customers at the store who said they hope someone recognizes the thieves and calls police with information.
"It scares me. They can go shoot someone with them and they not even be registered. Especially those AR-15, 30 round magazine. I mean that's a lot of bullets," Donald Monroe said.
There is a reward being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrests.
"Just having these illegal guns out on the streets is dangerous to anyone,” Seebaran said.
Meanwhile the owner is working to get things cleaned up, so he can reopen.