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2 Middle TN gun stores robbed in 2 weeks

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Authorities believe the suspects in a break-in at a Mount Juliet gun store were driving a newer model Kia Optima. (Photo: ATF) Authorities believe the suspects in a break-in at a Mount Juliet gun store were driving a newer model Kia Optima. (Photo: ATF)
Authorities believe the suspects in a break-in at a Mount Juliet gun store were driving a newer model Kia Optima. (Photo: ATF) Authorities believe the suspects in a break-in at a Mount Juliet gun store were driving a newer model Kia Optima. (Photo: ATF)
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MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -

Anytime you have guns stolen, it's a concern to everyone in the area because now you have firearms in the hands of criminals.

The new Guns and Ammo store in Mt. Juliet was broken into Wednesday morning in a matter of seconds. 

According to the 911 call, police were dispatched to Guns and Ammo when the front glass was broken. 

When police arrived, they did a quick search of the area and could not find anything because the suspects had already fled. 

"With this one, there was an alarm system that alerted us [and] got us there. but with any alarm system, there is a delay," said Mt. Juliet Police Officer Tyler Chandler. 

The suspects took off with 15 handguns and a rifle part. 

Mt. Juliet Police say they are now looking for a white Kia Optima that was parked across the street. 

Another gun store in Clarksville was also broken into last week. 

Thieves took 45 rifles and handguns, valued at more than $32,000. 

"If you notice, [in] the whole region of Middle Tennessee, it seems a lot of gun stores are getting broken into," Chandler said. 

It's where those guns end up that worry police the most. 

"The last situation where we had an incident, one of the firearms the suspect had was stolen from a gun store in the area," he said. "They seem to go out into the community and end up in the hands of people who should probably not have them."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information about these burglaries. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says they will match that reward, bring the total to $5,000.

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