Thieves can’t find guns after breaking into Fortville gun store

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FORTVILLE, Ind. – Police are looking for four thieves caught on camera breaking into a gun store.

On Sunday around 2 a.m., surveillance cameras at M & J Firearms captured four thieves looking in the front window along South Main Street. Seconds later, one of the suspects uses a rock to smash through the window so the group can crawl inside.

Detectives believe these suspects were on a mission.

“Oh they did. They were wearing gloves. One was wearing sunglasses in the middle of the evening. They obviously had bad intentions,” said Lt. Patrick Bratton with the Fortville Police Department.

Detectives believe the four thieves were in and out within four minutes. They used flashlights to look all throughout the store. They searched behind a desk. They tried to bust a door. They even looked inside a refrigerator.

“It’s obvious they were looking for firearms and it’s obvious they didn’t get any,” said Lt. Bratton.

Even without the gun store owner being there, he still outsmarted the thieves. Detectives say every night at closing time, the owner locks the guns in a secured spot.

“The store owner takes extra care and extra precautions that he empties the cases out so he doesn’t have incident where the guns may be in the wrong hands,” said Bratton.

Surveillance video shows one of the thieves getting his hands on a gun case, thinking he finally found a firearm. Detectives say once the thief open the case and realized it was empty, he left it on the sidewalk before leaving the scene.

“We hope that someone out there can identify them and give us the leads we need and that’s what we’re looking for now is the public information to get put out there so people can call us and let us know so we can put the people who did this away,” said Bratton.

The thieves did steal some minor accessories. Detectives are looking into the possibility that these suspects could be connected to other break-ins.

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