ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say thieves knew what they were doing. The thieves quickly broke through a lot of barriers to steal almost a dozen guns.
With a pickaxe and a mask, a thief breaks into Butch’s Guns near University and Candelaria in the middle of the night last week.
“They were in and out in about a minute and a half,” said Aaron Segura. “Our armed response was here at four and a half minutes and they were not even on site.”
Segura said a masked thief broke into the store, stealing eleven guns, and then handed them off to at least one accomplice.
“We’re probably in the $7,000, $9,000 area,” said Segura.
Segura said he believes they parked in the store’s side alley and then cut the fence. He said then the thieves managed to break and open the shop’s steel door. They also rammed their way through the final obstacle between them and the guns: a metal gate.
Albuquerque police said they’re now on high alert.
“They’re going to end up in the hands of the criminals, no doubt,” said Officer Simon Drobik.
APD also said it’s obvious the break-in was planned.
“He had to have known where these guns were, how we was going to attack, how to get in,” said Officer Drobik.
For Segura, he just hopes the crooks are caught fast.
“I hope we can all come together as a community and put these people behind bars,” said Segura.
The owner said one of the guns stolen was worth little money, but was extremely sentimental. It was a customer’s WWII rifle he got from his grandfather.