NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police say they’re looking for three suspects after more than 10 guns were stolen from a Nashville Bass Pro Shops.
The call came in late Tuesday night at the store located in Opry Mills. Metro Nashville police say three suspects used a hammer to break the glass to get in the store.
According to investigators, they stole 8-10 handguns, two rifles, numerous boxes of ammunition and weapon mounted lasers/flashlights.
Opry Mills Mall security saw the suspects run to a white Hyundai Sonata with Tennessee tag BHL-637. The car was reported stolen Sunday in Memphis.
Police said several of the empty handgun cases were located at 4 a.m. in a parking lot at 916 5th Avenue South.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of $6,000 ($5,000 of which is being provided by ATF & the National Shooting Sports Foundation) for information leading to an arrest.
Bass Pro Shops remained open Wednesday as the investigation continued. Donnell Jackson is a longtime customer and gun store owner who wonders why Bass Pro doesn't lock up their firearms each night. "You know, myself, I secure mine in a safe. If someone breaks into my house, they can’t just come in and grab a gun. So, for someone like Bass Pro Shops, it’s kinda carelessness on their part," says Jackson.
He wonders if he can store his guns properly, why can't they? "For something as dangerous as guns, you should have somebody locking those in some type of vault," he says. "If somebody gets out there and gets hurt by one of those guns that someone stole, I think they harbor responsibility if something happens with that."
NewsChannel 5 reached out to Bass Pro Shops for the story but haven't heard back.