Resident's fears about pawn shop gun thefts realized - KCTV5

Resident's fears about pawn shop gun thefts realized

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Suspects broke into a Kansas City pawn shop and emptied its gun cabinets.

The burglary was reported about 2:50 a.m. Monday at the Smart Pawn Shop, 6301 Troost Ave., when an alarm sounded. Numerous guns were stolen.

An exact number has not been released because store employees are working to inventory the loss. Detectives are reviewing surveillance video.

But residents had predicted this very burglary when they opposed the pawn shop opening a year ago.

Residents had said opening an inner-city pawn shop that sold guns would be too tempting of a target for crooks, and that those stolen guns would wind up back on the streets in the hands of criminals.

"It's really very scary," Mary Rabon said. "Every night, as you know, two or three people get shot."

Rabon helped organize the opposition by Tri-Blenheim Neighborhood Association last year.

"I expected it because now they know where they can go, and they have a fresh stash of guns and ammo," Rabon said.

Smart Pawn declined comment Monday. Last year, management had promised top-notch security to prevent thefts.

"We also share the community's concerns about access to firearms by theft," Smart Pawn said in September 2011. "The new store has a vault and will be protected by multiple layers of physical security as well as state-of-the-art alarm detection including motion, seismic and sound."

That wasn't enough for Marjorie Williams then, and it certainly isn't now.

"They claimed they had all this security, so what happened? The question is, what happened to their security?" she said.

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