Rogers police say they are still looking for a brazen crook who broke into a gun shop last week and made off with several high-end pistols and silencers.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also are on the hunt for a man who is seen on surveillance video stuffing a duffel bag with $14,000 worth of .45 caliber semi-automatic pistols and silencers used with rifles.
On Monday, ATF agents were at the Guns and Gear store on the 21000 block of S. Diamond Lake Road looking for anything that might lead them to the suspect, said Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen.
It was just before midnight on Wednesday that surveillance video shows a man breaking through the store's front window and heading straight for the weapons. Video shows the man loading guns manufactured by Colt, Springfield and Kimbers into the bag, then making a beeline for a cabinet on the other end of the store containing silencers. After swiping them, he quickly exits the store.
"These are not your Saturday night specials," Beahen said. "These are highly accurate" guns.
Police believe the suspect knew exactly what he was seeking and where it was located in the store. After loading up on the pistols, "he could have grabbed another dozen guns, but he bypasses them and goes to the far end where silencers are in the display case."
The heist is concerning to law enforcement because "such items being sold or distributed on the street present a danger to the public," Beahen said. "The ATF is working the case and putting a lot of resources into it."
Police released the video over the weekend in hopes of generating leads. So far police have no leads that might lead them to a suspect or the weapons. It is believed the burglar acted alone, Beahen said.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Rogers Police Department at 763-428-3450, or after hours Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321. Tips can also be submitted at www.reportit.com. Information can be given anonymously.