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Earn cash for recognizing gun store burglar in surveillance video

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(KMOV) -- Police are sharing surveillance video with News 4 of a crime that jeopardizes everyone's safety, no matter where you live.

We first reported guns stolen from a Wentzville gun shop a week ago. Well now, tips have dried up, and police believe those guns are in the hands of criminals who could use them anywhere.

What's even more alarming is that this is the second unsolved gun store theft in St. Charles County in just four months, and I found some similarities between the two. At both stores you can see right in the front door to size up the merchandise. Police say the kind of person who steals a gun is up to no good, and that puts you and your family at risk.

Surveillance video inside Heartland Guns and Ammo shows a lone thief running inside -- straight to a glass case full of guns. The burglar smashes open the case with what appears to be a silver claw hammer. In an astounding 19 seconds, the thief bags five pistols and two assault rifles from behind the counter. While you don't get a good look at the man's face, police hope something jogs your memory because they say lives are at stake.

"They're stolen handguns," Lt. Leon Burton of the Wentzville Police Department said. "They'll be used. Somebody will be a victim, somebody is going to get injured."

Police want those guns out of the hands of bad guys before that can happen. The thief is a slender man, about 5'6. He's wearing a large black hoodie or winter coat with black pants and gloves, but one thing sticks out: "It looks like he had some type of blaze-orange hunting cap on under the hoodie," Lt. Burton said.

This case resembles the burglary at Pistols Plus in St. Peters last December. That thief made off with several hand guns after smashing into a case and stuffing them into a backpack. He too was in and out in less than 30 seconds. Both cases also happened around the same time -- 3:30 in the morning.

"They could be anywhere," Lt. Burton said. " At this point the could be running on the street."

When this many guns go missing, the feds get involved. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for the capture and conviction of each of the thieves.

Wentzville Police has a tips hotline: 636-639-2180. Tipsters may also remain anonymous by calling that number.

St. Peters Police Detective David Beckman is handling the Pistols Plus case. If you have information that can help him, call 636-278-2244, ext. 3530. You can remain anonymous.

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