GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — A national reward was announced Friday for information about a Greenwood gun store burglary.
A group of unidentified suspects forced their way into Atkinson Firearms, near County Line Road and Emerson Avenue, Tuesday around 9:10 p.m. and fled with nine guns, authorities said.
Surveillance footage shows three men smashing a reinforced window with a hammer, entering the store and breaking into locked cabinets, owner Sean Atkinson said.
“Those individuals came in earlier in the day,” he told News 8. “So they were apparently casing my store. One kept my attention while the other two walked around.”
Atkinson, a career firefighter in Brownsburg, opened Atkinson Firearms in Sept. 2018.
The Christy Drive store has reinforced glass windows, metal bars on its windows and doors, motion sensors, door sensors, glass-break detectors and high-definition security cameras, he said.
“I tried to do as much as I could to prevent things like this,” Atkinson told News 8. “When something like this happens, you feel violated; you feel like nothing is safe.”
Surveillance footage shows the suspects “nearly giving up” while attempting to break the window, he added.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) circulated still images from Atkinson’s surveillance footage showing three suspects and their vehicle.
The federal agency and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrests and convictions of people responsible for the burglary of Atkinson Firearms.
Anybody with information is urged to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867).
Tips can be submitted anonymously through the Reportit® app or website.