DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies seized nearly two dozen guns that, they said, were stolen from a Bass Pro Shops, and now they’re seeking the public’s help in locating the men responsible for the heist.
According to BSO, the robbery happened early Friday morning at the large retailer located off Interstate 95 in Dania Beach.
BSO Sgt. Ben Anderson described the stolen firearms. “Shotguns, Mosberg style shotguns, mostly used for hunting. Some smaller caliber rifles,” he said. “We’re not talking about small caliber handguns. We’re talking about weapons used to take down big game, deer and whatnot.”
In the surveillance video, four to five men could be seen scooping up high-powered rifles and shotguns and carrying them out the door. “If they were brazen enough to break into a business like Outdoor World, Bass Pro Shops and take these weapons and load them into a car and stash them into a house, who knows what deeds they were looking to do?” said Anderson.
Thanks to a few different tips, deputies were able to get a warrant to an apartment in Hallandale Beach, where they found most of the stolen firepower. “We believe we have the majority of the weapons. There’s a chance that there may be at least two or more out there at this time,” said Anderson.
The missing firearms most likely bear a Bass Pro Shops label or have a camo-like appearance.
No arrests have been made in connection to the stolen guns, and the men shown in the surveillance video are still at large. “The suspects are not in custody, so we are following any leads,” said Anderson.
BSO’s goal for now is to find the thieves and the remaining guns. “We were able to take these guns off the street that were in the hands of criminals, and we were able to take them back,” said Anderson. “Now we’re going to pursue these criminals vigorously and get them in jail where they belong.”
BSO is requesting the public to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or the Broward Sherif’s office at 954-964-0534. Remember, if you call Crime Stoppers, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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