MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are searching for suspects who stole 23 guns from a local Bass Pro.
On June 14 at 6 a.m., Memphis police officers responded to a theft from a semi-trailer at Bass Pro, 6041 Macon Rd.
The store was able to locate video of three vehicles used during the theft, police said.
23 long guns were stolen: two assault rifles, two hunting rifles and 19 semi-automatic shotguns, police said.
“It puts me on high alert. And I’ll really pay more attention now, not to just this facility but the parking lot.”
The incident is off-putting for shop owners like Gwenevere Barber. She opened Elegant Attire a few shops down from Bass Pro last September.
“You just never know who comes in and out of your facilities,” she said. “Some people come to shop, others will come for other reasons like how easy it is to steal a gun.”
Memphis police said the suspects broke into a semi-trailer that was set to deliver the guns when Bass Pro opened for the day.
The surveillance video shows three cars were used during the theft - a silver Kia Sorento, an unknown light brown or gold sedan, and a silver Infiniti G35.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.
ATF special agent in charge Mickey French said it’s crucial the thieves are taken off the streets.
“Every time we see stolen guns, those are guns used in violent crimes in our cities,” French said.
“Stolen guns are crime guns, and that’s kind of the root of the problem we’re seeing across the country right now.”
Meanwhile, shop owners like Barber said they plan to keep their guard up.
“I will pay more attention to my surroundings even more now,” she said.
FOX13 asked Bass Pro for comment.
A spokesperson sent us this statement:
“We are working closely with law enforcement. Because their investigation is ongoing, we will defer all questions to them at this time.”
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
No arrests have been made.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. You will be given a secret ID number, and your identification will remain completely anonymous.
You can also submit your tip here.
If an arrest is made, you could be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000 from Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby County, Inc.
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