(HOUSTON) — Three people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a gun store in Houston, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Security camera footage from inside the store shows the hooded and masked gang, made up of about 10 people, use a chain attached to a pickup truck to rip the steel-clad door from its hinges.
Bursting inside, armed with hammers to smash counters, the gang included a suspect who bagged at least 18 handguns in 30 seconds.
The crooks even appear to make several trips back to their escape vehicles to unload the loot, with one in such a desperate hurry he almost falls.
“What it potentially means is that you have got that many people distributing firearms in the streets of Houston,” Robert Elder, special agent in charge in the Houston office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said.
Police say it took less than two minutes for the robbers to get away with almost 50 weapons.
The suspects changed to getaway vehicles about a block away, according to police.
Authorities say some of the stolen guns have been recovered, but they are still concerned about the possible crimes that might be committed with the unrecovered weapons.
Thursday morning, authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
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