Firearms stolen from Henrico gun store worries residents: ‘It’s unsettling’

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Police is sharing photos from a commercial burglary that occurred last weekend in hopes of identifying the suspects.

Officers say in the morning hours of Jan. 19, authorities were called to the New American Arms gun store, near the intersection of W. Broad Street and Staples Mills Road, following the theft of firearms.

No word of how many firearms were stolen.

“It’s terrifying,” said Joshua Williams, referring to the burglary. “I feel like I’m shaking a little bit.”

Residents in the Willow Lawn area say the theft is a cause for concern.

“I would not have expected it to be right here,” said Sherrie Jarvis. “I didn’t even know there was a gun shop. So, I was very surprised.”

Williams told 8News he worried about what the thieves will do with the stolen guns.

“It’s a heavy police presence, families roam here, so to hear that guns are stolen, can be used in this community it’s unsettling,” he said. “It’s not right.”

Williams says he walks to work every day and stolen firearms on the streets won’t bring him much peace.

“It makes me terrified, to be honest,” he said. “Especially during this time, you don’t know about the mental health of people that are around, so I’m definitely (going to) reconsider how I’m moving.”

While nervous, Jarvis is being optimistic.

“I probably don’t shop at night by myself very much, I’d be with my husband, but I just think if people rob and steal they probably go somewhere else with what they’ve stolen,” she said. “So, maybe not terrified.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers (804) 780-1000. 

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