A Wyandotte County prosecutor said three teens have been arrested in connection with stealing guns from a Cabela's store in Kansas City, KS. All three suspects face charges of aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and criminal use of a weapon.
Officials said 11 handguns were taken during the burglary and some, but not all, have been found.
The three teens were also charged with misdemeanor theft for shoplifting at a Walmart at 108th Street and Parallel Parkway two days prior to the Cabela's burglary. It's alleged the teens took bandanas and gloves later used in the Cabela's theft from Walmart.
Many were worried that guns were out on the streets after someone broke into the Cabela's store at 10300 Cabela Dr. in Kansas City, KS Thursday just before 5 a.m.
Everybody knows Cabela's is a huge store with all the camping and hunting equipment, including guns and rifles, a person could need under one roof. Overnight crooks took aim at the store by breaking through a rear door to swipe some of the guns.
"It's pretty shocking that they were able to do that without being caught. Obviously you think there would be a lot of security. I'm sure they do. Just surprised it happened," customer Phil Youder said.
"I was surprised that it happened here. It looks like a company this size would have plenty of protection, you wouldn't run into that kind of a situation," customer Chuck Fisher said.
The KCK Cabela's manager wouldn't talk about the crime that happened at their store, but customers were buzzing about it Thursday, wondering if it was an inside job.
"Looks like, to me, there would be a lot of other places easier to break into so it looks like it was someone working here. I don't know, possibly an inside job. Know their way around, I would imagine," Fisher said.
Customers like Fisher said their biggest fear is having the stolen guns on the streets to be used not for hunting purposes, but to commit more crimes.
"You would hate to see them get in the wrong hands, liable to be used. They broke in with a purpose, to use them, and so they'll probably put them to bad use, if I had a guess, otherwise they wouldn't have taken the risk," he said.
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