CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is hoping new surveillance video released will lead to an arrest and help get 17 stolen guns off the streets.
“It was well planned, well executed, and again, these are pros” said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.
Surveillance video shows a suspect using a pry bar to break into the Muffler Shop Warehouse at 1111 North Belmont Avenue in Springfield around 2:44 a.m. January 7. The suspect never looks up, grabs a pair of keys, and was back out the door in less than a minute. Officials say he stole a truck from the lot. About an hour later the stolen truck appears at a Fairborn gun shop. Video shows the suspect ramming the truck through the Fox Shooting Loft at 8300 Dayton Springfield Road. The suspect drove the truck right into a display case, a move the sheriff says was well orchestrated.
“They knew how to back the truck through so that it wouldn’t damage it and make it not drive-able,” said Sheriff Kelly. “They knew exactly how to turn the vehicle to smash through the case of guns that they wanted.”
Once inside, video shows the suspect acting quickly and grabbing 17 handguns. After a short amount of time, the suspect gets back in the stolen truck and speeds away.
The truck was later found abandoned on Haddix Road less than a mile from the gun shop.
While officials have the truck, they don’t have a suspect, and they dont have any of the guns.
“It appears that they had a direct list of inventory that they were there to collect because they went right to a display case, quickly removed 17 handguns, and for the Miami Valley, these are the most dangerous weapons to have on the street,” said Sheriff Kelly.
There is a $15,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.