GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say they’re investigating a rash of gun shop break-ins that happened in the span of about two hours.
Investigators say at least three more gun stores were broken into, beginning around 10:30 p.m. Saturday with Rylee’s Ace Hardware at 1234 Michigan St. NE. The suspects smashed the hardware store’s glass doors, but couldn’t gain access to any weapons, police say.
About 90 minutes later, police were called to Bachelder Master Gunmakers at 700 Plymouth Ave. NE. There, they found a glass window had been shattered and the front doors were damaged. Police said the suspects again didn’t obtain any guns “due to protective measures inside.”
Then at 12:31 a.m. Sunday, thieves broke into Barracks 616 at 5740 Foremost Drive SE in Cascade Township. Authorities say more than a dozen handguns were stolen from the business.
“Our store, they were in a minute, but they got in and left with a large amount of handguns, which go into our community possibly and endanger everybody,” Gregg Glasco with Barracks 616 said. “No one knows where these guns are. We had the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) here last night so that we could give them an accurate description of what was missing but they have no idea themselves.”
Barracks 616 is now increasing security.
Authorities say in all three cases, the suspects smashed windows and doors to get in.
There was also a break-in at Mr. Alans, a clothing store on 28th Street in Kentwood. Some believe the thieves got it confused with Mr Gun Dealer, which is a gun shop across the street.
It’s unclear if the incidents are connected to the recent break-in at Cabela’s, during which 13 weapons were taken, according to federal authorities. Grand Rapids police arrested four teens caught with some of the stolen weapons, but eight guns remained missing as of Friday.
The Grand Rapids Police Department is working with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and the ATF in the investigation.
Anyone with additional information in this case is encouraged to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or the sheriff’s department at 616.632.6236.