Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
Store owner, Ted Murrell
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro Police are searching for three suspects who broke into a Madison gun store and stole several weapons Friday morning.
Police responded to nRange at 2418 N. Gallatin Pike just after 1 a.m. to find the window of the front door was smashed.
Three men were caught on in-store surveillance video rushing into the store with masks, flashlights and duffle bags.
The men stole several handguns and AR-15 assault rifles from the store.
"It was very disappointing because nobody likes a criminal," store owner Ted Murrell said. "Nobody likes people breaking in and taking things they shouldn't, especially firearms."
Murrell said the men on the video appear to know exactly what they wanted and where the items were located in the store.
The entire robbery took about 90 seconds.
"They ran straight to the cases were most of our hand guns are kept and they very methodically quickly loaded them," Murrell said.
The men also stole some AR-15 assault rifles that were hanging on wall near the hand gun case.
The thieves did not steal any ammunition during the burglary.
Metro Police are reviewing the surveillance footage and have a record of all of the stolen weapons' serial numbers.
"Whenever that many weapons are taken from one location at one time the first thought that comes to your mind is ‘what is going to happen with those weapons'," Madison Precinct Commander Sebastian Gourdin said. "What we are afraid of is they will try to sell the guns on the streets and who knows they may end up in the hands of some kids."
Metro Police alerted police in nearby Hendersonville and Goodlettsville about the break in so they could be on alert for similar break-ins in their areas.
The ATF is also investigating the weapons thefts.
Murrell said he is reviewing surveillance for the last few days in an effort to identify people casing his store.
"We do not stop, we do not take no for an answer, we will keep looking and will keep searching," he said. "The thought of having these guns in the wrong hands bothers me, because there is too much attention on the wrong people in this country already."
Anyone with information about the burglary should call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
You can remain anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects you can receive up to a $1,000 reward.