VIDEO: Dozens of guns, electronics stolen from Middletown store, police say
‘I was just speechless... Just simply unbelievable.’
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - A $12,500 reward is being offered to help identify the suspects accused of stealing around 30 guns from a Middletown business.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) says the suspects broke into NYC3 on Jan. 15.
The Middletown business is a federally licensed firearms dealer, according to the ATF.
Around 2:40 a.m. on Jan. 15, Middletown police say officers were called to 3212 Roosevelt Blvd. for an alarm call.
Officers found the business’ front door broke when they got to the scene.
Surveillance video showed three people breaking in, smashing glass, and then grabbing the guns and other items before leaving, police said.
Adam Mohamed has owned NYC3 for two decades.
He says the suspects used a rock to break into the business by one of its front windows.
Mohamed doesn’t have an exact count of inventory stolen, but he says he believes the suspects took about 60 cell phones, several iPads and 22 hand guns, or around $75,000 in merchandise.
“I was just speechless,” said Salomon Hotzycik, NYC3 store manager. “Just simply unbelievable.”
Hotzycik says the theft happened in the blink of an eye.
He adds he’s worked at the store for 11 years and that not even he knows where every piece of merchandise is located, lending credence to the idea that the suspects had been to the store before.
“These suspects would have had to be at this store previously in order to accomplish what they did in a short amount of time,” confirmed Suzanne Dabkowski with ATF’s Columbus Field Division.
Dabkowski explains the firearms can’t be traced by police.
“I hope and pray they catch them, the sooner the better,” Hotzycik said.
For now, many of the shelves at NYC3 remain bare.
“You know, we fall once and we get back up twice, so we’re just going to have to continue our life,” said Mohamed. “It’s very hard to recover, but we have to stay strong.”
Anyone with any information about this robbery is asked to call dispatch at 513-425-7700 option zero or Detective Jordan at 513-425-7786. You can also contact the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS.
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