Police search for gun thieves in Palm Bay

Palm Bay police are looking for a group of men who stole three dozen guns and high-powered rifles from a local pawn shop.

The four men were caught on surveillance camera taking the guns from A.R. Guns and Pawn, police said.

The owner's brother, Richard Alexander, told Fox 35 the crooks made off with the most dangerous weapons in the family operated small business.

"We're concerned about the people on the streets; that the guns are going to get in the wrong hands."

The whole burglary was caught on video.

The pawn shop has more than a dozen surveillance cameras positioned outside the door and inside the store. It's also equipped with an alarm system, but the alarm system didn't activate until it was too late.

Police said the men cased the place at around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

They came back later to smash the glass and then shook the door frame enough to push the bar grate back and climb through. The burglars were inside the shop for about five minutes before the alarm was tripped.

"They came and they got what they wanted," Alexander said. "They knew what they were looking for. They passed up all the kid toys and went straight for the high-powered rifles."

A.R.'s owner is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan. He said he prides himself on keeping the weapons out of the wrong hands.

His biggest worry after this burglary is that so many guns are now on the streets of Palm Bay.

Palm Bay police are working with other departments in Brevard County to see whether this crew has hit any other shops over the past few weeks.
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