HOUSTON, Tx. (WTNH)– A surveillance video was released Wednesday afternoon showing a group of masked robbers chain a pickup truck to the doors of Carter’s Country gun store to break into the building in a risky burglary.
Once inside, the robbers ransacked the business smashing through display counters to access weapons and ammo within the store.
KHOU reports that the whole thing took a little more than 2 minutes. Robert Elder, an agent in charge with the ATF Houston Field Division, told KHOU on Tuesday that smash and grabs are on the rise in Houston.
“Typically the groups that are stealing these will sell them for a profit, and they will a lot of times be sold to other criminals in the area and in surrounding areas,” Elder added. “It’s a source of guns. It’s a black market source of guns for the criminal element.”
According to KHOU, crime stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to charges or an arrest of those suspects.