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DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Police are on the look out for three brazen thieves, who broke into a Douglas Pawn shop and got away with several guns. 

Surveillance video shows just how quickly the men executed the plan. Investigators say its amazing how organized these men were. In fact they were so organized they do not think it's their first time.

Police gave us the surveillance video from the break in, and it's obvious these three men wanted guns, and guns only.

First, you see them smash the door with a hammer. Then they each grab a couple guns, and they are out the door in just seventeen seconds.

"You can see from the surveillance that each one knew what to do," said Douglas Detective Jerome Perkins.  

"They came in through here got one handgun from inside this display case while the other two went behind him and got six long guns, shot guns and rifles,"  said Store manager Jim Miller.

Police say they believe the three men, wearing masks and gloves, had a plan. "They appear to be very organized. .I do not believe this is the first time they have done something like this," said Perkins.

Miller says he got a phone call about the break-in early memorial day morning. "I knew it was coming, but I didn't think it would be anything as organized as this was."

The front door was shattered, and seven guns including a handgun, shotguns and rifles were missing from the store. "They took a handgun, a 9 millimeter a hand gun, they took six rifles and shotguns," Miller says.

And surprisingly, the men bypassed several thousands dollars worth of stereo equipment and electronics.

"I feel like they came in the prior week and cased the place out," said Miller.

And now they plan on stepping up security to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"When we get the door replaced we are coming in with bars, we are going to put bars and run cables through all of our guns and every gun will be secured to where it cannot be grabbed and run with," said Miller.

"It is just scary; we have seven guns out there. They can potentially use for anything they want to," said Perkins.

Police say the guns and the men have not yet been located.

The manager of the pawn shop hopes this sends a message to other gun owners out there to make sure to secure your guns, in a store, a vehicle, or even in your home, because you never know who will come through.

If you have any idea who these three men are in this surveillance video please call the Douglas Police Department at 912-384-2222.

 

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