OAK FOREST, Ill. (WLS) — Plywood covered a front window panel at the Eagle Gun Range on Monday morning.
This is where the robbers used a stolen car to smash their way into the shooting range and get away with nearly two dozen guns.
Security cameras captured multiple images of the suspects wearing beanies and masks. Police released several of the images, hoping someone could recognize the suspects.
“Regarding, yes,” said Giovanni Magana, a customer. “They’re going to have a bunch of guys running around shooting, selling guns under the table, so it’s scary, you know?”
Police said they responded to an alarm at the store at 5900 West 159th Street shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. They recovered the stolen vehicle. Detectives said there were four suspects, who were able to steal 23 firearms before fleeing the scene.
“I’ve been a customer for a while and I’m staying in the community. It’s a shame to see something like this happen here,” said Auop Elmatri, a customer.
The range has been a target for thieves in the past. Five years ago, thieves used a brick to break a window. They entered and stole 40 guns, stuffing them into backpacks before fleeing.
“I’m surprised they’re knocking here. They have good staff and good security,” Magana said.
Officers from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency are assisting the Oak Forest Police Department in their investigation. They hope that witnesses or anyone who recognizes the security camera footage will contact them.
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