MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are searching for four suspects who broke into a Miami Township gun shop, early Tuesday morning.
It happened at Miami Armory, and this isn’t the first time thieves have targeted the store.
The store’s owner said the thieves were in and out in less than 20 seconds. They broke the front glass window and quickly left once they realized all the guns were locked away for the night.
It happened around 4:30am and was caught on the store’s surveillance video system.
Store Owner David Becker said four people used a brick and tried to break a window. That window didn’t break because it was hurricane glass. The people then used the same brick to break a different window and get inside the business.
But they didn’t stick around.
“They tipped over one of our optics cases. And they were in and out in under 18 seconds,” Becker said. “We leave the shop lit up at night so you can actually peek in and see if there’s anything on the floor. Everything gets put away in the vault at night, so it’s sort of befuddling why they would still break the glass and risk cutting themselves, risk getting arrested.”
Becker said they didn’t take anything from the store.
He had accessed the security cameras remotely from his home, to see what was going on, and quickly alerted police.
Miami Armory has been targeted by thieves, before.
In January, police released security footage of four individuals breaking through the window and searching the store. At least one gun was taken.
And before that – in 2016 – Dayton SWAT raided a home and discovered weapons, stolen from Miami Armory.
In 2015, a man stole boxes of ammunition.
Becker says the break-ins are just the cost of doing business.
“I don’t say you get numb to it but you basically take in, ‘What can I learn from this?,” Becker said. “What other security measures would I put in place that would prevent this in the future? So, those are the things that usually we think of.”