HAVEN OF GRACE, Maryland (WJZ) — Maryland State Police are investigating a pawnshop robbery that resulted in the theft of 23 guns early Wednesday morning.
The robbery took place around 5:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of the Pulaski Expressway, according to Maryland State Police.
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Preliminary reports reveal that several suspects drove a stolen vehicle through the front door of the pawnshop.
“Several suspects used a vehicle to drive through the front door of the business,” said Ron Snyder, spokesman for the Maryland State Police.
The suspects then entered the store, broke the glass case storage and stole 23 guns.
“These individuals left the scene with almost two dozen weapons and that is a very serious offense,” Snyder said.
The burglars fled in two unidentified vehicles, police said.
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Officers are still scouring the area as detectives from the Maryland State Criminal Police Division begin an investigation into the burglary.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division is also investigating.
“ATF Special Agents responded to the scene that morning and began investigating. We continue to work on the investigation with Maryland State Police,” said spokesperson Amanda Hils. of the ATF Baltimore Field Division.
“I think for us here in the neighborhood, it’s really, really nerve-wracking and I think these are crazy times,” said Heather Deno, a business owner who works across from the pawnshop.
In recent months, suspects have robbed several ATMs in the Baltimore area by ramming a vehicle into a store and then taking the machine away. State police do not know if the incident at the pawnshop is related to these thefts.
“We are obviously aware of recent trends involving ATMs in the region, it’s too early to tell if this is related to these in any way,” Snyder said.
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Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Caserne Bel Air at 410-879-2101.