Gun Store Robberies in 2017 (List)

Date Location URL Summary
1/3/17 Cumming, GA http://www.11alive.com/news/local/six-charged-in-forsyth-county-pawn-shop-robbery-gun-club-burglary/381663085 Five men and one juvenile were charged with robbing a gun club.
1/10/17 Mableton, GA http://www.wcnc.com/news/gun-shop-owner-who-shot-killed-robbery-suspect-i-had-no-other-choice/384719869 Gun store owner was shot at, then he returned fire shooting and kill one suspect while one escaped.
1/13/17 Kansas City, MO http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article126327819.html Several firearms were stolen during the break in but the exact number is undetermined.
1/17/17 Houston, TX http://www.khou.com/news/crime/gun-store-worker-opens-fire-on-burglars-with-ar-15/386635253 4 burglars attempted to rob the gunstore, the employees took up arms and pursued the suspects outside. Then after 2 suspects fleed they shot at the store. The employees then returned fire with AR-15s shooting a suspect.
1/18/17 Pelham, AL http://www.wvtm13.com/article/atf-offering-reward-in-pelham-gun-store-burglary/8608977 16 firearms were stolen and the suspects were caught on camera.
1/26/17 Minneapolis, MN http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/01/26/millville-gun-shop-robbery-charges/ 3 suspects were charged with stealing and attempting to sell about 75 guns.
1/29/17 Lakeland, FL http://wfla.com/2017/01/30/fast-working-thieves-steal-46-guns-from-lakeland-store/ The store was robbed of 46 hand guns in under three minutes according to the alarm and deputy response time.
2/13/17 Shipshewana, IN http://www.wndu.com/content/news/ATF-joins-LaGrange-County-on-burglary-investigation–413587143.html 14 guns were stolen, semi-automatic handguns because of their higher street value.
2/23/17 Easton, PA http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2017/02/dozens_of_guns_stolen_from_pal.html 28 handguns were stolen.
2/28/17 Denver, CO http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/02/28/man-convicted-in-gun-store-robbery-sentenced/ Dozens of guns were stolen and the man has been sentenced to six years in prison.
3/9/17 Rockville, MD http://www.fox5dc.com/news/handguns-long-guns-stolen-from-rockville-gun-store More than 30 weapons were stolen from the gun shop in less than 90 seconds.
3/13/17 Mentor, Ohio http://fox8.com/2017/03/13/suspects-attempt-smash-and-grab-at-mentor-gun-shop/ Thieves attempted to rob the gun store but after 2 failed attempts, left.
3/15/17 Fredericksburg, VA http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/thieves-attempt-gun-store-break-in/article_f8c5759f-b84f-5016-a5ef-6a7c2a249a61.html The attempted robbery resulted in no stole weapons.
3/23/17 Cincinnati, Ohio http://www.journal-news.com/news/arrested-butler-county-gun-shop-mini-mart-robberies/2Z3aCDOrBbFd58eb2umnqK/ Police arrested 2 suspects in the robbery of a gun store.
3/23/17 Cleveland, OH http://fox8.com/2017/03/23/thieves-unsuccessful-in-mentor-gun-shop-smash-and-grab/ Police thwarted an attempted robbery of a gun store.
4/7/17 Rock County, WI http://abcnews.go.com/US/manhunt-underway-gun-store-robbery-suspect-manifesto-trump/story?id=46662668 16 weapons were stolen and according to the FBI, could be related to a plot of mass violence
4/9/17 Arvada, CO http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/crime/unknown-number-of-guns-stolen-from-arvada-gun-store-in-smash-and-grab-overnight An unknown number of guns were stolen in the robbery than lasted less than 2 minutes.
4/11/17 Chicago, IL http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/burr-ridge/news/ct-dbr-gun-store-theft-tl-0413-20170411-story.html The suspect stole a handgun but the incident was not reported until 8 days after.
4/12/17 Zephyhills, FL https://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2017/04/12/florida-gun-store-robbed/ Robbers drove a pick up truck throgh the wall in order to gain entry and stole an undetermined cache of weapons and ammo
4/13/17 Merriam, KS http://fox4kc.com/2017/04/13/merriam-police-searching-for-suspect-who-stole-thousands-of-dollars-of-guns-from-local-store/ Thieves stole weapons valued somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000.
4/14/17 Whiteville, NC http://wncn.com/2017/04/17/52-firearms-stolen-from-nc-gun-shop/ More than 50 weapons were stolen from a gun exchange.
4/18/17 Colorado Springs, CO http://www.krdo.com/news/crime/el-paso-county-crime/alert-10000-reward-offered-in-springs-gun-store-robbery-open-app-for-surveillance-images/468522353 22 guns were stolen in less than 5 minutes by 4 masked robbers.
4/19/17 Raleigh, NC http://wncn.com/2017/05/09/atf-arrests-2-after-100-guns-stolen-from-nc-gun-shops/ Suspects stole over 100 handguns.
4/20/17 Camby, IN http://www.theindychannel.com/news/crime/police-stolen-vehicle-used-to-ram-gun-store-in-camby-in-attempted-robbery A car was used to run into a store wall in order to rob the store, but ultimately failed.
4/23/17 Kansas City, MO http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article146093049.html 21 guns were stolen from the store but all were recovered.
4/27/17 Gresham, OR http://www.kxl.com/gresham-gun-store-robbed-seven-firearms-missing/ 4 revolvers, 2 semi-automatic hand guns, and 1 AR-15 were stolen.
4/28/17 Oak Forest, IL http://abc7chicago.com/news/40-guns-stolen-from-oak-forest-gun-range-police-search-for-4-suspects/1929930/ 40 guns were stolen from the firing range by three black males.
5/5/17 Apache Junction, AZ http://www.azfamily.com/story/35355004/video-gun-store-burglars-escape-with-6-high-powered-rifles 6 high-powered semi-automatic rifles were stolen by three suspects
5/8/17 Olive Branch, MS http://wreg.com/2017/05/08/60-guns-stolen-from-olive-branch-sporting-goods-store-parking-lot/ 67 guns were stolen including 2 AR-15s and several shotguns.
5/10/17 Alvin, TX http://abc13.com/news/thieves-steal-semi-automatic-weapons-from-alvin-gun-shop/1975115/ In less than a minute, robbers stole over a dozen handguns.
5/22/17 Warr Arces, OK http://kfor.com/2017/05/22/thieves-steal-guns-jewelry-during-pawn-shop-armed-robbery/ Thieves stole guns and jewelry from the pawn store .
5/24/17 Litteton, CO http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/four-colorado-gun-shop-burglaries-could-be-connected-atf-says/452563081 Potentially 4 connected gun store robberies, this was the third in the chain. It resulted in 11 stolen handguns.
5/26/17 Lakewood, CO http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/four-colorado-gun-shop-burglaries-could-be-connected-atf-says/452563081 12 semi-automatic rifles and handguns were stolen.
5/30/17 Barboursville, WV http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/WVSP-More-than-100-guns-stolen-from-gun-and-pawn-shop-422332273.html More than 100 handguns were stolen from the pawn shop.
5/30/17 Euless, TX http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Thieves-Hit-Gun-Store-Right-Next-to-Euless-Police-Department-425405994.html The thieves stole 39 handguns.
5/31/17 Olathe, KS http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/atf-gun-store-robberies-burglaries-on-the-rise 36 firearms were stolen and valued at $28,000.
6/2/17 Wentzville, MO http://fox2now.com/2017/06/28/at-least-20-guns-stolen-in-latest-gun-store-theft/ Three rifles were stolen in relation with other thefts.
6/6/17 Nashville, TN https://patch.com/tennessee/east-nashville/guns-stolen-during-madison-robbery Several firearms were stolen during the break in.
6/7/17 Trussville, AL http://wiat.com/2017/06/09/2000-reward-offered-in-gun-store-theft/ One firearm was stolen during business hours.
6/12/17 Austin, TX http://www.statesman.com/news/crime–law/000-reward-offered-after-thieves-hit-northwest-austin-gun-store-police-say/jDDc7vDflJXj3L83TXJqkM/ 6 firearms were stolen by two thieves.
6/12/17 Clarksville, TN http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/crime/2017/06/12/45-rifles-handguns-stolen-clarksville-gun-store-break/390190001/ 45 firearms were stolen including rifles and handguns.
6/19/17 Hernando, FL http://wfla.com/2017/06/19/suspect-manhunt-hernando-residents-urged-to-stay-inside-schools-on-lockdown/ 3 suspects were wanted in connection with attempted robbery of a gun store.
6/20/17 Lawrenceville, GA http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/break-in-attempt-at-gun-store-in-lawrenceville Although construction equipment was used in the attempted robbery, no guns were stolen.
6/27/17 Buckingham, VA http://wtvr.com/2017/06/27/masked-suspects-stole-7-pistols-from-buckingham-gun-store/ 7 pistols were stolen by 3 suspects.
6/28/17 Brooklyn, NY http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/28/brooklyn-gun-store-shooting/ The attempted robbery resulted in gunfire being exchanged and no weapons being stole.
6/28/17 O’Fallon, MO http://fox2now.com/2017/06/28/at-least-20-guns-stolen-in-latest-gun-store-theft/ 20 guns were stolen and it could be connected with a spree of other thefts.
7/1/17 Memphis, TN http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/35825274/43-guns-stolen-from-memphis-gun-range-5000-reward-offered 43 guns were stolen from the gun range.
7/2/17 Lodi, CA http://www.kcra.com/article/4-arrested-in-connection-with-lodi-gun-store-burglary/10252834 An unknown number of handguns were stolen.
7/3/17 Chesterfield, VA http://wtvr.com/2017/07/03/neighbors-on-edge-after-3-break-in-attempts-at-chesterfield-gun-shop/ Multiple suspects were accused of attempting to rob a gun store multiple times over a few hours.
7/4/17 Lexington County, SC http://www.wltx.com/news/crime/dozens-of-weapons-stolen-from-midlands-gun-store/454136005 39 handguns were stolen from the outdoor store.
7/15/17 Greenville, NC http://www.wcti12.com/news/local-news/pitt/armed-robbery-at-greenville-gun-shop/588417721 2 suspects armed with a rifle stole an unknown number of guns.
7/25/17 Greenville, SC http://www.wyff4.com/article/two-teens-stole-43-guns-from-upstate-gun-store-authorities-say/10359121 43 weapons were stolen after the robbers drove a van into the building.
7/28/17 Eastlake, Ohio http://fox8.com/2017/07/28/10000-reward-for-info-on-70-guns-stolen-from-eastlake-firearms-shop/ 60 handguns and 10 long guns were stolen from the firearm shop.
8/7/17 Red Springs, NC http://www.robesonian.com/news/101656/six-charged-with-robbing-red-springs-gun-store 6 people were charged with stealing 25 weapons including handguns and assault rifles.
8/11/17 Lone Tree, CO http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/08/11/cabelas-lone-tree-gun-robbery/ 20 firearms were stolen from the Cabela’s store.
8/17/17 Cobb County, GA http://www.ajc.com/news/local/gang-trio-gets-prison-cobb-gun-shop-robbery-that-ended-gunfire/aawOp0Yeidv9p5MrWaTFMP/ 4 men robbed a gun store for an unknown number of weapons.
8/22/17 Dothan, AL http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/crime_court/stolen-vehicle-used-to-make-entry-during-gun-shop-burglary/article_b1321b4e-876a-11e7-ac20-ff99412b0f1c.html Glock handguns were the only weapons stolen from the gun store.
8/29/17 Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Crooks-steal-guns-from-Springs-shooting-range-441986653.html 65 guns were stolen from the firing range.
9/8/17 Anchorage, AK http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/10000-reward-as-36-firearms-stolen-from-EDC-Alaska-443386373.html 36 firearms were stolen including pistols, three shotguns, a rifle, and revolver.
9/11/17 Orlando, FL https://www.clickorlando.com/news/teens-try-to-loot-guns-from-orlando-sports-store-during-irma-police-say Two teens attempted to steal guns during Hurricane Irma.
9/11/17 Austin, TX http://kxan.com/2017/09/12/photos-suspects-steal-35-firearms-from-austin-gun-store/ 34 guns were stolen from an Austin gun store.
9/13/17 Kingwood, TX http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/news/article/ATF-21-rifles-stolen-in-Kingwood-gun-store-12193973.php 21 rifles were stolen during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
9/15/17 Daytona, FL http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170915/35-guns-stolen-from-daytona-pawn-shop-during-hurricane-irma 35 handguns were stolen while Hurricane Irma hit Daytona Beach.
9/20/17 Gallatin, TN http://www.wsmv.com/story/36411179/atf-offering-reward-in-firearms-theft-case-in-gallatin The number of weapons in unsure but it is certain that an AR-15 was stolen.
9/21/17 Alexandria, LA http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Crimestoppers-of-Cenla-asking-for-help-in-gun-store-burglary-448125533.html 16 firearms were stolen worth roughly $6,500 by one suspect.
9/23/17 Grand Rapids, MI http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/09/four_more_arrested_for_gun_sho.html 4 suspects stole 33 guns in total and only 5 have been recovered. The guns were stolen from three different stores.
9/25/17 Mount Juliet, TN http://wkrn.com/2017/09/25/police-investigate-break-in-at-mt-juliet-gun-store/ No weapons were stolen after precautions were taken by the owner after another break-in in June.
9/26/17 Clear Spring, MD https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/reward-offered-in-clear-spring-gun-shop-burglary/article_a94e48a6-a305-11e7-b153-970b2e361918.html 19 handguns were stolen from the gun store.
9/27/17 Hutto, TX http://kxan.com/2017/09/27/video-suspects-break-into-gun-store-in-hutto/ Suspects stole handguns but did not attempt to break into any other cases.
10/5/17 Watsonville, CA http://www.ksbw.com/article/police-investigating-watsonville-gun-store-burglary/12779925 The robbery ended without any weapons being stolen and a 17 hour standoff.
10/16/17 Columbus, OH http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/reward-offered-after-26-guns-stolen-from-north-columbus-store 26 handguns were stolen.
10/18/17 Smyrna, TN http://wkrn.com/2017/10/18/police-investigate-break-in-at-smyrna-gun-store/ Several semi-automatic handguns and revolvers were stolen from the Guns-N-More.
10/22/17 Cross Plains, WI http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Authorities-investigate-burglary-at-Cross-Plains-gun-shop-451859123.html The suspect stole several firearms after crashing his car into the storefront.
10/23/17 Glenville, NY http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Central-Ave-gun-store-burglarized-second-in-week-12315262.php Three suspects stole 40 rifles and hand guns.
10/24/17 Roseville, MI http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2017/10/24/police-seek-suspect-roseville-gun-shop-robbery/793900001/ The suspect broke through the roof and stolen an unknown amount of weapons.
10/24/17 Fresno, CA http://abc30.com/nearly-50-firearms-stolen-from-fresno-gun-store/2563169/ Police believe approximately 23 rifles and 24 handguns were stolen.
10/29/17 Colonie, NY http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Central-Ave-gun-store-burglarized-second-in-week-12315262.php It is unclear the number of weapons stolen.
11/2/17 Tuscon, AZ https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2017-11-02/tucson-gun-store-owner-thwarts-attempted-robbery A gun store owner confronted and stopped an attempted robbery.
11/6/17 Brighton, CO https://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/06/brighton-smash-grab-robbers-gun-shop-assault/ Two suspects assaulted a man while stealing several guns.
11/10/17 St. Louis, MO http://fox2now.com/2017/11/10/police-investigate-gun-store-burglaries-in-st-louis-county/ An old shotgun and 5 handguns were stolen.
11/10/17 Tulsa, OK http://www.newson6.com/story/36812053/vehicle-used-to-break-into-tulsa-gun-store More than a dozen AR-15s were stolen after two men crashed their car into the building.
11/16/17 Urbandale, IA http://www.weareiowa.com/news/local-news/3-handguns-stolen-from-urbandale-gun-shop/858961817 A thief only stole 3 BB guns from the gun store.
11/16/17 Seville, OH http://fox8.com/2017/11/16/reward-offered-in-seville-gun-store-burglary/ 16 handguns were stolen and 4 rifles.
11/17/17 Greenwood, IN https://www.wthr.com/article/thief-steals-firearms-from-greenwood-gun-store A thief tunneled into a gun store and got away with 9 guns.
11/20/17 Memphis, TN http://wreg.com/2017/11/20/17-guns-taken-from-hickory-hill-pawn-shop-during-armed-robbery-police-say/ 17 guns were stolen after an armed robbery.
11/27/17 Crestwood, MO https://callnewspapers.com/crestwood-gun-store-robbery-still-unsolved-linked-to-spree-of-thefts/ The thieves stole an undiscolsed amount of weapons including long guns, handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
12/10/17 Phoenix, AZ http://www.azfamily.com/story/37111417/big-reward-offered-after-guns-ammo-stolen-from-gun-shop 26 guns were stolen including pistols and rifles.
12/15/17 Clive, IA https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/iowa/articles/2017-12-15/police-say-automatic-weapons-stolen-from-clive-gun-shop Thieves stole 18 guns including 7 fully automatic weapons.
12/19/17 Dickson, TN http://wkrn.com/2017/12/30/reward-offered-in-dickson-gun-store-burglary/ 19 firearms were stolen.
12/21/17 Highland Township, PA http://fox43.com/2017/12/21/7-guns-stolen-from-adams-county-gun-store/ According to police, someone stole several firearms by a suspect who entered through a removed air conditioing unit.
12/21/17 Hendersonville, TN https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/sumner/hendersonville/2017/12/21/five-arrested-after-gun-store-burglary-hendersonville/973096001/ Police arrested 5 suspects after an attempted gun store robbery.
12/26/17 Bellvue, WA https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2017/12/26/washington-gun-store-robbed-smash-grab/ A stolen car was used to crash into the gun shop and steal multiple firearms.
12/26/17 Oklahoma City, OK http://kfor.com/2017/12/26/windows-smashed-firearms-stolen-from-metro-gun-shop/ A single suspect stole several rifles.
12/27/17 Loves Park, IL http://www.mystateline.com/news/two-loves-park-gun-stores-robbed-overnight/889282428 An unknown number of guns were stolen.
12/28/17 Clarksville, TN http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/2017/12/28/dozens-weapons-stolen-christmas-gun-burglary-clarksville/987349001/ Thieves stole 25 semi-automatic pistols, 3 revolvers and 3 rifles.
12/29/17 Fayetteville, GA http://www.ajc.com/news/cops-arrested-after-breaking-into-fayette-store-twice-steal-guns/ozut32M0vSnl07AgnjcbTN/ 5 suspects were arrested after attempted to rob a Dick’s Sporting Goods of weapons.
12/30/17 Spotsylvania, VA http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/thieves-burglarize-spotsylvania-gun-shop-saturday/article_3e97385c-ede1-11e7-93c4-17e757abbf18.html Three thieves stole several guns around 3am.

Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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