• 20-plus guns stolen in Winder smash-and-grab


    BARROW COUNTY, Ga. - Winder police are looking for a group of thieves who rammed a truck into a pawn shop, got away with more than 20 guns, and possibly some ammunition.

    Police told Channel 2 Action News the thieves took off with about $16,000 dollars’ worth of handguns during the burglary at Southeast Pawn located at 138 West Athens St. in Winder.

    Surveillance video from about 3:15 a.m. Sunday shows one suspect approaching the front window of the business on foot and looking inside. Moments later, a white Dodge Ram pickup drives into the front of the business. Police said three other suspects ran into the pawn shop after the truck and stole multiple guns.

    “The Dodge truck was actually left at the scene by the suspects and was later determined to be a vehicle stolen sometime last night from an apartment complex in Atlanta. It is believed the suspects fled the burglary scene in a second unknown vehicle,” said Winder Police Department spokesman Officer Chris Cooper.

    He said more than 20 guns might have been stolen, mostly consisting of handguns of various calibers.

    “Four long guns were listed, including one Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle. The pawn shop has estimated the initial value for the guns at approximately $16,000,” Cooper said.

    Some ammunition might have also been stolen, he said.

    Police told Channel 2's Liz Artz on Sunday they have several good leads, including fingerprints lifted from the store.

    "We do have a fair amount of evidence left behind at the crime scene investigators are investigating right now," Cooper said.

    They're also hoping surveillance video will bring in tips.

    "The walk, the way they carry themselves, the dress; all of those things are significant things," Cooper said.

    Anyone with information is being asked to call the Winder Police Department. Click here for more information.

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