Police searching for 31 weapons stolen from Clermont store

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The search is on for more than two dozen weapons stolen from a gun store over the weekend.

It happened at C&C Midwestern Firearms in the 9200 block of Crawfordsville Road. It appears the thieves knew exactly what they wanted and where to find it.

There are two suspects. Police say one is an 18-year-old black male, the other a 37-year-old white male. Police say the two backed up their vehicle to the front door and got out.

“They just broke the glass on the front door. They made their way in. Went straight to what they were there for. And left immediately,” says Officer Rafael Diaz of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The two had to bust through a metal gate before getting inside. Police say they stole 31 weapons, including three long guns and the rest were handguns and pistols.

“There’s no telling what they’ll do with these guns. That’s why we need to get these guns back as quickly as possible.  Usually they end up on the streets, in young people’s hands. That’s exactly what we don’t want to happen,” said Officer Diaz.

In surveillance video obtained by police, but not yet made public, it appears the thieves knew what they wanted and where it was inside the store. Police say that means it’s likely the two had been inside the gun shop previously.

“We know they went in with a purpose. They got what they needed, and left right away. They weren’t in the store but two or three minutes,” said Officer Diaz.

Police say they will try and track the stolen guns and catch the suspects before they can sell them.

“If we have the serial numbers to those guns they will be entered into what’s called the NCIC, which is the national registration. So any officer or anyone that verifies the serial number, it will come back stolen,” Officer Diaz says.

Police say the two fled south on Crawfordsville Road. They are asking for your help in tracking down the suspects. If you recognize them you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

C&C Midwestern Firearms was closed on Monday. The owners say they expect the store to re-open by Wednesday.

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