In a period of a couple of weeks, it appears that thieves have set their sights on gun stores.
Thirty-eight guns have been stolen from two gun stores just days apart. One is a Broadview Heights shop, the other is a store in Upper Sandusky.
When a federally licensed gun dealer is burglarized, it must be reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But attempted break-ins do not require reporting.
On Target Firearms in Parma was just targeted by thieves, according to owner Dan Jambor. He said early Monday morning, thieves tried to get into his store.
“I don’t want guns getting into the wrong hands,” Jambor said. That’s why he takes the extra security step of locking up the guns at night.
His surveillance system caught three people milling around the front of the store. It shows them disappearing. That’s when Jambor believes that they tried to get in the back door. But they were stopped at the door because someone heard something and called police.
In seven years, Jambor has had two attempted break-ins and three burglaries. Each time, the crooks left empty handed. Jambor has alarms and security cameras and does not leave his gun inventory out in the cases at night.
“You can see the disappointment on their faces when they go in the back. They get through four doors and they see the safe, and then they leave,” Jambor said.
The little extra time locking up the guns is time well spent, customer Mark Shepherd said.
There is a $10,000 reward for information about the burglary at Stonewall, LTD in Broadview Heights. Anyone with information should call the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS