HOUSTON --A smash-and-grab crew of thieves emptied display cases and a wall of rifles Tuesday morning at a gunshop in southwest Houston.
Houston police say as many as 10 suspects raided the Carter's Country store and got away with at least 50 weapons. The figure doesn't count those they dropped in their haste to get out before police arrived.
The store, located on South Wilcrest, was burglarized around 4:30 a.m. Total time for the burglary was about two minutes.
A large pickup truck rammed a plate glass window. A chain was used to pull out burglar bars.
Upon entering the building, they ransacked the store causing extensive damage to the property. The suspects used a hammer to break the glass cases that stored the handgun and took several rifles off the rack.
The suspects then left the store location with the firearms and exchanged vehicles approximately one block away, police said. They then fled the second location in an unknown direction, possibly in a late model Chevrolet Traverse SUV.
Video surveillance cameras captured images of the suspects wearing different clothing including hooded sweatshirt, masks and gloves to conceal their identities.
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