Search for stolen guns continues

Posted at: 01/03/2013 5:23 PM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 5:39 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

The search for dozens of guns stolen out of Sodus continues and with the recent tragedies in Connecticut and in Webster, guns and gun control have been a huge topic of conversation throughout the nation. That's why officials say retrieving these stole guns is critical.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says a large quantity of guns were stolen from Tom's Gun and Ammo on Steele Road in Sodus back in November. It's been more than a month, but that hasn't stopped them from searching and worrying about these firearms.

Investigators say 62 guns were stolen overnight back on November 24 and since then only one gun has been recovered. That gun was confiscated while state police were executing a search warrant and it wasn't in Sodus. It was in the city of Rochester. Local and federal agencies are worried the guns have spread even further and will land in the wrong hands.

Around $30,000 worth of guns were stolen out of the Sodus gun shop. The owner said back in November he was asleep during the robbery. He believes that two or three people broke into the store overnight by breaking through a bullet proof window. The thieves cleared out the display cases, making off with 62 handguns.

It's been more than a month now and authorities are worried the guns are now being sold through the street of Rochester. They say they are very hopeful that someone will come forward with information they need to push the investigation along. They want all of these guns off the street as soon as possible.

Scott Heagney, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said, “This isn't being purchased from a legitimate source. This would be black market deals on the street corners. We don't expect legitimate people to be buying these firearms.”

Even though the owner of the shops believes more than one person was involved, investigators have yet to confirm that. ATF and the gun industry have come up with a $10,000 reward for anyone that can lead them to the person or people who stole the guns.

Anyone with information can call Rochester Police Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300, the ATF office in Rochester at 585-987-2100, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 315-946-9711 or just call 911. Everything will be kept in confidence.