INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nearly 20 guns were swiped in a smash-and-grab from a south side Indianapolis gun shop. Tuesday, the ATF released images of two suspects and offered a reward of up to $10,000 to try and get the weapons off the streets.
The burglary happened around 3 a.m. on Tuesday at Indy Trading Post in the 2800 block of Madison Avenue.
Federal investigators said the suspects took 17 handguns and two long guns.
The owner didn’t want his face on camera, but Tuesday we found he and other staff members cleaning up, with a sign on the door saying the store is closed.
“That was a pretty good hit,” he said, “The way they were able to get the car in there, it’s kind of impossible.”
The owner said the two men rammed a stolen car, a Lexus, through the building three times. And he said they had a getaway vehicle parked next door, a black Ford Taurus.
Pictures show the damage from early Tuesday morning. Staff estimates it was between $20,000 and $30,000 to the building, with the value of the weapons at least $10,000.
The owner believes the thieves cased the joint beforehand.
“This was well thought out. This wasn’t something spur-of-the-moment, let’s go hit the gun store. This was well planned,” he said.
In eight years he said this is the worst burglary they’ve ever had. He believes those who should have weapons would’ve been able to come in and buy them like they’re supposed to.
“You can rest assured that the guys that did this won’t pass a background check. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be out here doing this, breaking into gun stores, to get guns out on the streets,” he said.
The store should be reopened on Wednesday.
ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867) or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
A tip must lead to an arrest and conviction of the suspects in order to claim the reward.