40 guns stolen during smash and grab

Police are searching for thieves who took nearly 50 weapons.

LAKELAND -- On Monday morning, plywood covered the glass window where thieves broke into a Lakeland gun store and swiped 40 guns. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, it happened around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning at Titan Arms which is located at 5711 South Florida Avenue.

The store is located inside the South Lakeland Plaza strip mall next to a printing and copy center and a Metro PCS store. There are bars on the glass window of the gun store and huge concrete barriers mounted in the parking lot directly in front of the store. The thieves broke out the glass and managed to also get past the metal bars.

ORIGINAL STORY: Lakeland gun store burglarized, 40 weapons stolen

The Polk County Sheriff's Office released a short statement about the theft on its Facebook page saying, "Well this is concerning." 30 handguns and 10 semiautomatic weapons of various styles were taken.

Witnesses say they saw three males get out of a 2009-2014 gray Ford 150 extended cab pickup with chrome wheels, bumpers, and a horizontal slate style grill with a black tonneau bed cover. The witnesses say the males removed the guns from the store while a driver stayed back inside the truck.

Samantha Trump works at Brewlands Bar and Billiards nearby. She says their business had already closed for the night when it happened. Several of their workers were outside behind the bar when they say they saw the thieves. Trump says, "They saw 3 men running and a vehicle that had turned around and drove off really fast."

Trump says she's concerned about the guns being out on the street. She says, "That's very scary. It doesn't make me feel any better about the safety of my family and the people that I love."

Investigators say there are several surveillance cameras outside the store. 10News WTSP saw two mounted near the front door of the business. One camera at a nearby business captured images of the truck before it happened. Many of the businesses were closed, however, for the Labor Day holiday.

Trump says, "This area is pretty well secured as far as security cameras go. I hope that they come back from vacation and find that they've got something that can help."

Detectives say you could receive a cash reward if you know the people involved in the theft. You do not have to reveal your identity in order to claim reward money from Heartland CrimeStoppers. Just call 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

(© 2016 WTSP)


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