LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – An $8,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of four people who stole 36 guns from a Lakeland gun shop.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is relying on grainy surveillance video, and tips from the public, to lead them to those thieves who broke into Titan Arms early Sunday morning.
Investigators say four people pulled up to Titan Arms, located at 5711 S. Florida Ave. around 2:35 a.m. on Sunday. They waited for 20 minutes, then three men got out, broke the windows to the store, ripped out burglar bars, and took 26 handguns and 10 rifles, some of which are semi-automatic. The crime took just two minutes.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said his detectives are frustrated with the gun shop because they believe the security could have been better. “This was a grand slam burglary waiting to happen,” he said.
Witnesses at a nearby Miller’s Ale House saw the suspects breaking the front window and called 911, but the truck took off before law enforcement arrived. The witnesses were far away and did not have detailed suspect descriptions.
The stolen handguns are:
- Cobra Mac-11
- Bersa Ruger
- Smith & Wesson
The stolen rifles and shotguns are:
- H&K SL8 rifle
- Siega 12 semi-auto shotgun
- PWA AR-15 rifle
- Sig Sauer AR-15 rifle
- Armalite AR-10 rifle
- Century Arms AK Style Rifle
- Arsenal CO AR-15 style rifle
- Kel-Tec SU16A style rifle
Surveillance cameras at nearby businesses recorded the vehicle, a brown, 2009 to 2014 extended cab pickup that had a chrome horizontal-slat-style grill, chrome wheels, and chrome bumpers. It also had a black Tonneau bed cover.
There is an $8,000 reward offered by the ATF and Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous. If you have information, contact Detective Robert Berganza at 863-298-6200 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.
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