BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Federal investigators are searching for three people who broke into a gun shop and stole 17 guns.
Surveillance video shows two suspects, one of them wearing a monkey mask, breaking into the Millbrook Country Store on James Madison Highway around 1:35 a.m. on Saturday. They’re seen swiping 17 handguns in less than a minute.
8News spoke with Clint Roach, the store’s owner, who said this is the second time in 18 months thieves broke into his story. Roach said he has increased security already, including thick safety glass, that was supposed to help.
“You can see what’s left of it now,” Roach said. “Once the hammer hit the glass, soon as it hit the glass, the alarm went off, I was notified within 30 seconds and I was here in about seven minutes.”
Roach said he found nearly $7,000 worth of handguns gone and shattered safety glass on the ground.
“It’s obvious that whoever did this they’ve been here before,” Roach said, “they knew too much about the store when they came in.”
Sixteen surveillance cameras were installed following the previous break-in in 2017. Roach told 8News that the robbery isn’t fair to people who enjoy hunting in the area.
“It’s a ton of frustration because you know you work hard to try provide a service here to the local community,” he said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The ATF is working with the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation.
Anyone with information should contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or email ATFTips@atf.gov. You may also reach out to the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office at 434-969-1772.
RAW: Suspects break into Buckingham County store, steal guns