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3 Southern WI gun stores burglarized in 48 hours


Janesville (WKOW) -- Authorities are still searching for 24 stolen guns, after three guns stores were burglarized in 48 hours. 

"It's concerning," said Capt. Todd Christiansen with the Rock County Sheriff's Office. 

First, a burglar stole seven handguns from Armageddon Supplies in Janesville on Monday night before getting in a getaway car.  

Then late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, 17 firearms were taken from the Max Creek Outdoor gun shop in Oregon.

Chris Endres's  gun shop, CTR Firearms, in Janesville was also broken into early Wednesday morning. He knew something was wrong when his alarm system triggered his phone while he was at home, telling him someone was in his store. 

"Obviously I was already grabbing my pants and my shoes, my gun and my belt and on the way I was," he said. 

When he got there, Janesville police were already at the scene. The three thieves were gone, but Endres says they only go away with money thanks to a vault room that all the guns are kept in. 

"You can break into my store but there are no guns accessible," he added. 

The thick concrete walls and steel ceiling would make it hard for a car to even plow through, according to Endres. The tight-locked vault was put in place just in case burglars struck. After the attempt by thieves on Wednesday morning, the owners are glad they installed in. 

Still, two other gun stores weren't as lucky. Now, federal and local agencies are working together to try to solve the cases. 

"We are working together to determine whether or not they are associated, if they're the same suspects, what not," said Capt. Christiansen. 

Still, deputies and gun shop owners alike are worried the stolen weapons could be in bad hands. 

"It's very concerning. I mean you don't know how this is going to turn out. I mean, two years from now and somebody could get shot with a gun that was removed from one of those stores," Endres said. 

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Janesville gun shop was burglarized overnight, making it the third similar incidents this week.

CTR Firearms at 3025 Woodlane Dr. in Janesville was burglarized overnight and reports nothing of value was taken, according to a post on their Facebook page.

Also overnight, village of Oregon Police say 17 guns were taken in a burglary of Max Creek Outdoors, as well as a silencer and an undisclosed amount of cash. However, police do not think any ammunition was taken.

The department says it plans to release surveillance video of the suspect, but say the suspect is completely covered in the video.

The theft would be the third gun shop burglary in southern Wisconsin this week.

Seven handguns were stolen Monday at Armageddon Supplies gun shop in Janesville, according to Capt. Todd Christiansen of the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Entry was gained through a smashed window, according to Christiansen.

There is no indication at this time that there is any connection between the break-in, and the Rock County trial of Joseph Jakubowski that also began Monday.  Jakubowski was convicted Tuesday on state charges connected to his April 2017 break-in and theft of guns from the store.

Christiansen says surveillance video indicates there were at least two thieves in Monday's crime:  one inside the store, and someone in a get-away car outside.  He says the suspect inside is approximately 5'10" and wearing a hoodie.  Christiansen says further video of surveillance footage should lead to more information about the suspects.

Christiansen says after Jakubowski's break-in, a store door was fortified with steel bars, but the window broken Monday was similarly protected.  Christiansen says video shows an attempt to steal long guns was thwarted by those firearms being locked.  He notes some gun store owners place inventory in a gun safe when the business.

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