Four men bashed their way into a Bibb County gun shop early Thursday. They made off with eight AR-15 rifles and more than 50 handguns.
The stolen weapons, which had a combined retail value of more than $60,000, included small pistols and large-caliber revolvers.
About 12:15 a.m., a man in a mask knocked off a metal mesh screen that covered the front door of Classic Firearms at 5854 Columbus Road. A security camera recorded video of him smashing the doors glass with a concrete block.
Then he and three other masked men gathered the guns from display cases and loaded them into tote bags.
Buddy Webb, the shops owner whos been in business there more than two years, said thieves tried but failed to bust in a few months back by ramming a truck into a back door.
If they really want to get in, they can, he said.
Obviously, the criminals want to buy guns, and they cant come in and legally buy them. ... They want to buy them on the street. So somebody steals them and they buy them.
Webbs shop is in a mini strip mall about half a mile south of Westside High School, roughly a mile west of Interstate 475 and Middle Georgia State College.
The shop sits between a storefront Pentecostal church and a Johnny Vs diner. The diner and a hair salon two doors down were recently broken into, Webb said.
The thieves who stole the guns Thursday may have ridden away in a white, 1990s model Ford Crown Victoria, deputies said. The car, last seen headed east, had a blue or dark stripe on its side.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said gun thefts are always a big concern to us.
He said investigators were looking for other video cameras in the area that may have captured footage of the thieves. He said serial numbers on the weapons may help authorities track the guns down.
We dont know if these folks are local or if theyre from out of town, Davis said.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Bibb County Sheriffs Office at 478-746-9441 or the Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr, call 744-4397.