A gun store robbery was a heist that took only 120 seconds, but the thieves were arrested in less than 48 hours.
At least three of the 10 thieves whose spectacular smash-and-grab robbery of a Houston gun store was caught on surveillance footage were in police custody and facing federal charges, NBC affiliate KRPC reported Thursday.
Some of the 50 weapons stolen by the brazen bandits were also recovered, the station reported.
Police have not identified the gun store robbery suspects and are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of their alleged accomplices.
The heist at Carter’s Country Guns & Ammo was pulled off at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday with a brutal simplicity.
The footage showed the thieves backing-up a black Ford F-250 pickup truck to the store and stretching a chain to the glass and iron security door.
Then a robber, dressed in jogging pants, smashed the glass with what looked like a hammer and secured the chain. The truck — burning rubber — then yanked it off its hinges.
Seconds later, the thieves swarmed inside and ransacked the store, smashing display cases and pocketing pistols. They also picked an entire wall of rifles clean.
In recent months, there have reportedly been other smash-and-grab robberies of gun stores in Houston by thieves who supply them to street gangs.