Authorities make arrests in New Whiteland gun shop burglary

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NEW WHITELAND, Ind.  — Authorities say they’ve arrested four individuals who are persons of interest in a gun store burglary where 33 weapons were stolen in New Whiteland.

New Whiteland Police Chief Joe Rynerson confirms that all the suspects involved in Saturday’s burglary at Element Armament in New Whiteland are believed to be teenagers. It’s not clear how many of the suspects are adults and how many are juveniles.

Rynerson said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police told him they captured two suspects after performing a traffic stop on the north side of Indianapolis.  Two guns stolen from Element Armament were found in the car during the traffic stop.

Rynerson also said IMPD responded to a shots fired call at a vacant apartment in Indianapolis and located another gun that was stolen from the New Whiteland store.  No suspects were located at the apartment, he said.

Details of the other two arrests are not publicly known at this time.

A spokesperson with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said the four suspects are being held on local charges, but are also persons of interest in the Element Armament burglary.  They are also being investigated for possible involvement in a Saturday morning break-in at Indy Trading Post on the south side of Indianapolis.

At this time, a four of the 33 stolen guns have been found, according to Rynerson.

Surveillance video showed five people initially described by police as men breaking into the shops.  All were wearing black or white hooded sweat shirts. Their faces were partially covered and they were wearing gloves. Authorities say a sixth person might have been involved as a driver.

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