Thieves break into OH gun shop using sledge hammer (VIDEO)

More than half a dozen guns were stolen from a North Royalton, Ohio, gun shop early Tuesday morning in what officials are describing as a brazen break-in.

At least four suspects made off with seven rifles after they used a sledgehammer to break the glass out of a door at Accurate Arms and Armor. Local authorities are now working with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to locate the suspects.

“Obviously, when firearms end up in the wrong hands, it’s not for the right reasons. So it’s always a concern of law enforcement officials when firearms are stolen out of a business,” said North Royalton Director of Public Safety Bruce Campbell. “It’s a pretty brazen break-in. Right on the main street in our city.”

Campbell said he believes that more guns would have been taken had the burglar alarm not scared off the suspects. He also said there’s additional concern because the crime appeared to be one of desperation.

“With the drug epidemic going on around Ohio, a lot of crimes are committed for cash and drugs and money to support those habits,” Campbell said.

[ Fox 8 ]