PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — More than a dozen pistols and rifles were stolen from a Port St. Lucie gun store early Monday morning, according to police.
Investigators said an alarm went at the St. Lucie Shooting Center, located at 490 NW Concourse Place, around 4:30 a.m. The alarm company alerted the business owner but when he checked his cameras on his phone, he didn't see any activity so law enforcement response was canceled. It wasn't until an employee arrived around 9:30 a.m. that the break-in was discovered.
Detectives said two masked men were seen on surveillance video ransacking the business. It appeared the pair used a drill and pry bar to force their way inside.
“They were throwing firearms over countertop onto ground. At one point he climbed over countertop and exited businesses with multiple guns. Came back for a second trip," said Detective Cristina Rosko with Port St. Lucie Police.
The FDLE and ATF are also on the case seeing if there's a link between this case and two similar crimes recently in Brevard County.
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Police said the crooks stole approximately 24 guns, and got away in a dark colored sedan, possibly a Hyundai Veloster.
If you know who the thieves are, call Det. Nicholas Lovechio at 772-871-5053, or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273 TIPS.
@PSLPolice- following leads & asking for the public’s help identifying suspects involved in the burglary that occurred at St. Lucie Shooting Center the morning of Jan13, 2020. If anyone recognizes the susps or has info about the incident call Det Lovechio 772-871-5053 pic.twitter.com/74hQMgpMv1— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) January 14, 2020