Deputies looking for info in gun shop burglary in Wayne County

Posted at: 11/25/2012 12:57 PM
Updated at: 11/26/2012 12:22 AM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Deputies in Wayne County are looking for information in an investigation into guns stolen from a business.

Sheriff's officials say a large quantity of guns were stolen from Tom's Guns and Ammo on Steele Road in Sodus. The burglary happened sometime in the overnight hours on the night of the 23rd, into the morning of the 24th.

The owner, Tom Putnam, tells News10NBC he feels completely violated. He says this burglary happening literally way too close to home. That's because the owner's house is attached to the shop and he says he was asleep when the burglary took place.

Putnam has been running this gun shop for more than twenty years, so he says it didn't take much for him to realize something was terribly wrong when he woke up on Saturday.

"I opened up and I knew something was wrong right away," says Putnam. "I heard wind whistling when I opened up the back door."

Putnam quickly realized his gun shop had been burglarized. He believes that two to three people broke into the store overnight by breaking through a bullet proof window. The thieves cleared out these displays cases making off with 62 handguns. Putnam says he's worried the firearms will end up in the wrong hands.

"There's 62 handguns that are going to hit the street,"says Putnam. "They may be on the streets right now. Law abiding citizens aren't the ones that will be buying these guns."

Putnam estimates the burglary cost him around $30,000, but he says it's not about the money.

"Guns are a very personal thing to me," says Putnam. "I've been involved with firearms probably within the last fifty years."

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office aren't the only ones looking into this incident. They are also working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on the investigation. Anybody with information on the incident is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 315-946-9711.