The first one that we can recall was in July. Store employees at Military Gun Supply in the 3800 block of East Loop 820, reported that several firearms were taken, including semiautomatic rifles and pistols. Someone rolled a boulder into the front of the store (right).
Then in November, semiautomatic rifles and other merchandise were stolen by black-clad men who used a pickup to break into Trader Jim Pawn Shop in the 1000 block of South Handley Drive. That location is about two miles north of Military Gun Supply.
A witness told police that the men pulled up to the shop in a black pickup, which they used to pull the roll-down door away from the building, police said. The witness said the men loaded several firearms and drove off in the truck.
In today's burglary at Cheaper Than Dirt, two people were seen prying open the front door and then breaking a glass showcase inside. They took 19 handguns, according to a federal agent.
The similarities in all of these burglaries are not just that a bunch of guns were stolen. The three businesses are all located on or near Loop 820.
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-- Bill Miller