Thousands of dollars in stolen guns are the focus of a police probe under way in the City of Clinton following a break-in early Tuesday morning at Mike's Hunt Shop on Northeast Boulevard.
Police Chief Jay Tilley said the Neighborhood Improvement Teams was on top of the case and currently making inquiries in the hopes of tracking down those responsible.
“We have been on this since we first got the call,” Tilley said Tuesday afternoon. “We are asking anyone who might have information about it to give us a call as well.”
An alarm call sent police to the shop, located at the intersection of U.S. 701 and N.C. 403, around 2:30 a.m. When officers arrived on scene, literally within seconds of getting the call, they found the lock on the front door had been cut and entry gained.
Officers noted that when they went inside the business, they noticed that two glass cases had been damaged and assorted guns removed.
Inventory of the items shows that 17 firearms, ranging in price from $280 to over $1,300, and assorted ammunition was taken in the theft, the police chief noted. Total value of the stolen property was listed at just over $12,000.
Tilley would not speculate on what the thieves wanted with the guns.
“We are on top of this,” the chief said, declining to comment on whether there were any persons of interest in the case at this time.
Anyone with information about the break-in or the guns is asked to call the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105.
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