In the dark hours of the early morning a group of determined smash and grab robbers attacked a local business and got away with a number a weapons. Athens Gun Club a local indoor shooting range with firearms pro shop and a federally licensed firearms merchant was the victim of a smash and grab burglary. This burglary, while not particularly sophisticated, was clearly planned and executed with a certain amount of low cunning.
According to reporting in the Athens-Banner Herald, athens-gun-club-rammed-with-jeep-guns-stolen, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday burglars crashed a stolen vehicle through the front door of the Athens Gun Club smashing a hole for allowing the group of outlaws to rob the gun club of multiple firearms.
The outlaws wore masks, gloves, and hoods to conceal their identities while they carried out their smash-n-grab plan. The Athens Gun Club had surveillance cameras that were able to record the robbery and one member of the team of bandits was photographed without a mask.
The robbery netted an unknown numbers of firearms but the burglars can been seen collecting and carrying several while they hastened about their crime. The total time they were busily robbing the place appears to be about 45 seconds. They smashed there way in using a stolen Jeep as a ram, grabbed some guns and fled before Athens law enforcement could arrive.
The group of five burglars made their getaway in a newer model white Audi. Surveillance pictures and video show the thieves inside the shop as well as the car they used to make their escape.
Athens-Clarke County Police are seeking the public’s help asking that anyone with information about the burglary to contact Detective Frederick Davidson at (706) 353-4218, ext 138. In addition, a reward of $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of this burglary. The Crime Stoppers Tip line phone number here in Athens, Georgia is (706) 705-4775.
“Any time offenders would break into a gun store and steal weapons is very concerning to us because the nature of this… these are weapons. They can be used for other crimes and so we are concerned. We hope to locate them as soon as possible,” said Geoffrey Gilland, public information officer of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
“Detectives believe the Jeep was stolen from an apartment complex on Epps Bridge Parkway,” here in the Athens area, Gilland stated.
Athens authorities are still working with the Athens Gun Club to determine the exact number of guns stolen and their value.
Even in Athens, Georgia we are not immune to organized and predatory banditry.