NASHVILLE, Tenn.(WKRN) — Metro police are working to identify three young men who late Tuesday night broke into Bass Pro Shops at Opry Mills Mall.
According to authorities, the three suspects took 8 to 10 handguns, two rifles, numerous boxes of ammunition and weapon-mounted lasers-flashlights.
Police say the suspects forced entry int the store at 11 p.m. through the exit doors near the cash registers. They then kicked in an interior door to gain access to the guns and ammunition.
According to reports, Opry Mills Mall security saw the suspects run to a white Hyundai Sonata with a Tennessee tag BHL-637. The getaway car was reported stolen Sunday in Memphis.
Police found several of the empty handgun cases were located today at 4 a.m. in a parking lot 900 block of 5th Avenue South. One of the suspects is a black man who is approximately 5’10” tall. He wore a red Star Wars shirt, orange cap-beanie, and red & white shoes. The second suspect wore a hockey mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, and black pants. He carried a red backpack. The third suspect wore a white and black striped shirt.
The ATF is working with police on the case to track the stolen weapons.
“We are a 9-1-2 call if you will and we responded locally to the scene we work with our industry operation investigators, who do the inventory. They tabulate what’s missing compared to what’s on inventory there, then our local folks go out and we just do a traditional police investigation; we canvas the neighborhoods and we offer a reward” ATF special agent in charge Marcus Watson told News 2.
While investigators are releasing little details about how the crime is carried out, it is raising concern in the community.
“There is no requirement for a license dealer to have any particular or specific type of security, that’s really incumbent upon the individual, whatever level of security they choose to take. You see it more so with the large manufacturers like or large dealers. They will have some elaborate security some of your smaller one of shops don’t have as elaborate security, but normally bass pros are pretty, pretty secure,” Watson explained.
Anyone with information in regards to this case can call police at (615)742-7463. Callers can remain anonymous and qualify for a 6,000 cash reward.