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Outside of the Michaels Arms and Accessories store following an attempted break-in (Credit: KMOV) Outside of the Michaels Arms and Accessories store following an attempted break-in (Credit: KMOV)

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Three suspects are on the loose after attempting to break into a gun store in the Metro East early Thursday morning. 

The suspects tried breaking the glass on the front door of Michael's Arms and Accessories, located in the 430 block of South Buchanan Street in Edwardsville, around 3 a.m. but failed. The owner of the store had installed specially reinforced glass which prevented the burglars from getting in to steal guns.

Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven told News 4, "His efforts on the front end have saved us from having weapons on the street that shouldn't be on the street. So I commend him for his efforts for public safety."

The Edwardsville store is the 5th gun shop targeted by burglars in the St. Louis area, in the month of November. ATF spokesman John Ham said there's been a spike in gun store break-ins nationwide.

Ham said, "It's something we're very concerned about. We're throwing a lot of resources at all of those investigations."

Within the past month, four other gun stores in the St. Louis-area have been broken into. In St. Louis County, burglars took multiple guns and ammo from two gun stores on Nov. 10. On Nov. 27, thieves broke into Modern Weapons Systems in High Ridge and stole 6 shotguns and 2 rifles before smashing a window  and stealing a number of long guns from Southern Armory in Crestwood.

"It's a situation where we know the clock is ticking when we get the call because we know those guns will hit the street and be used in violent crime and we need to recover those guns as soon as we can," said Ham.

The ATF is currently investigating if the same three suspects are behind the break-ins.

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