Burglars hit second Baton Rouge gun store

Burglars hit second Baton Rouge gun store
Source: BRPD
Source: BRPD
Source: BRPD
Source: BRPD
Source: BRPD
Source: BRPD
Meaux Guns (Source: WAFB)
Meaux Guns (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Another arsenal of high-powered guns are on the streets of Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge police said thieves broke into Meaux Guns and Ammo on Mammoth Avenue at 1 a.m. Monday.

It is the second break in at a Baton Rouge gun store in less than a month.

Cops converged on Meaux Guns and Ammo looking for clues in Baton Rouge's latest gun shop break-in.

Owner Joe Meaux said one of his employees walked in early Monday morning to find what he described as a chaotic scene inside the gun shop.

"It's very frustrating as a business owner. For one, the intrusion into our business, into something we consider our home," Meaux said.

Surveillance cameras from inside the business picked up three masked suspects swiping guns and other things from store shelves.

Detectives said the suspects forced their way into a side entrance and got away with an undisclosed amount of firearms. Cpl. Don Coppola said investigators including the ATF are counting the missing merchandise.

"Right now we don't have an exact number. It appears it was a significant amount," Cpl. Coppola said.

Investigators already have their hands full with a similar break-in at Bowie Outfitters on Perkins Road on June 9, 2015. Police said three masked men pried into the business and stole multiple handguns.

"It is a serious situation. Again, you have guns on the streets," Coppola said.

Meaux said the guns missing form his store are easily to spot and can be identified by their serial numbers. The hard part is tracking them down.

"To have these items, not background checks, it is frustrating for these things to get out like this," Meaux said.

It is frustrating too for detectives who are now trying to close two cases.

Investigators said they do not yet know if the burglaries are connected. They are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for any information leading to an arrest in the latest case. Meaux Guns is also offering an additional $1,000 cash reward. 

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