Tuesday, July 1 2014, 07:05 PM EDT
Pawn Shop Offers Reward for Stolen Guns
Nearly a dozen handguns are in the wrong hands after Les's Pawn Shop in Chattanooga was burglarized early Tuesday morning.
It happened fast, taking just six minutes.
"Easy quick money," said Les Cantrell, the owner of Les's Pawn Shop on Highway 58 in Chattanooga.
He came in this morning to shattered glass and missing firearms.
"They must have had something already planned to bust the glass when they come in," said Cantrell, "a smash and grab."
Cantrell says it happened around 2:15 Tuesday morning. He thinks two guys broke through the side window, climbed in and went straight for the guns.
"We got a couple of glocks missing, a couple of guns are $550 a piece," said Cantrell.
In all, nine firearms were taken totaling nearly $3,000. Several of the guns look like the exactly like the ones pictured above.
"If anyone is trying to sell these then please contact the police or me immediately," said Cantrell.
Police have other tools to catch the crooks. Surveillance video shows movement inside the store. A cloth covering the gun case is removed. The burglar then leans in and grabs several guns from inside the case. He's wearing a wide brim hat with cloth around the top.
"I would like to offer a $1,000 reward for the capture of whoever was involved and the recovery of the guns to get the guns off the street," said Cantrell.
Cantrell says he hopes someone will recognize the person in the hat or the guns they took and call police.
"We don't need those hand guns on the street getting into the wrong hands. We already have enough violence as it is," said Cantrell.
If you have information that may be helpful to police, call 423-698-2525
(423) 698-2525(423) 698-2525(423) 698-2525