Surveillance video released in Gander Mountain gun thefts; $10K reward offered

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Police released surveillance video Wednesday morning from an incident at Gander Mountain in Castleton where a suspect drove a truck through the store in order to steal almost a dozen guns.

Officers responded to the store around 3 a.m. on July 19 after the business' alarm went off. The video shows four people going through the store. Investigators said they were in and out in about two minutes. By the time Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrived, the thieves were already gone.

“The length of time the individuals were in the store. It was quick, we estimate less than two minutes,” says ATF Agent Patrick Hand.

Police say four suspects used a truck to ram into a loading dock door and gain access inside the store. Once inside, the thieves stole 11 guns valued at $15,000.

Officers eventually found a black truck in a parking lot just north of the store. They believe that truck may have been used in the smash-and-grab, and say the suspects may have backed it up into the loading dock door.

According to the ATF, the thieves appeared to know what they wanted to steal and where the guns were located. They have several leads in the case and hope the release of surveillance video will generate more.

"That is what we are hoping for is that somebody will recognize something. Maybe it is the do-rag that the one individual is wearing, or the unique style of shorts that another individual is wearing, or even the sneakers that can be seen on one of the individuals. Maybe it will just jog something in somebody’s mind,” says Hand.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating these men. Making it a top priority after recent attacks on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge…also after authorities across the country have recently uncovered plots where people were planning to use stolen guns to kill officers. Local law enforcement isn't taking any chances.

The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to arrests and convictions of the suspects. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is matching that reward for a total of $10,000.  Anyone with information about this burglary is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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