INVERNESS, Fla. (WFLA) – A Citrus County gun store was burglarized Tuesday around 3:37 a.m.
The owner of Florida Gun Supply on Pine Street in Inverness called the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office around 6:46 a.m.
Video caught the heist. Two burglars were in and out in under 30 seconds. They busted in through a narrow window at the front of the store and went right for handguns, which were on a glass shelf. The burglars also grabbed a rifle and shotgun.
The investigation is ongoing. Officials said they are not ready to say how many guns were stolen.
The Florida Gun Supply is owned by Andy Hallinan, who garnered national media attention in 2015 when he said his store was a “Muslim-free zone.” The store owner also teamed up with George Zimmerman to sell the latter’s Confederate flag prints.
Hallinan talked to News Channel 8 Wednesday. He said 15 guns were stolen, valued at $7,000. Hallinan said the alarm in his store didn’t go off.
“We’re a small gun shop. We normally lock our guns up, but this particular night I’d been working on a sale that we were having for the next morning and left here late and decided not to lock up a few of the guns,” he siad.
There have been other Tampa Bay area gun thefts recently. Just last week, thieves bashed into the Tampa Arms Company. A mob of people took 35 guns.
Recently, a Lakeland shop lost 36 guns to thieves. Meanwhile, in Pasco County, crooks made off with more than 24 guns.
Hallinan thinks the crooks are professionals. “The good guys are coming and taking our free concealed carry classes, and the bad guys are going through double doors, walls and windows of gun shops, stealing guns because of the nature of where our country is right now,” he said.
Hallinan doesn’t believe the thieves targeted him for his political views. “My bigger issue isn’t the money that’s lost. It’s that there are guns on the street that are gonna be used to hurt cops and innocent people,” he said.
If you have information about the Florida Gun Supply case, call 352-726-1121. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS to be eligible for a cash reward and remain anonymous.
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