LMPD, federal agents investigating gun store burglary

LMPD said all items taken during the burglary were recovered.
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 10:04 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2022 at 10:09 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Louisville Metro police after an overnight burglary of a firearms store in Valley Station.

The store, Alpha Guns, is located at 5004 Stephan Drive, just off of Dixie Highway.

The would-be thief apparently gained entry by smashing the store’s front window and squeezing through metal bars.

Customers arrived Wednesday morning to find the store closed.

“I think it’s a shame,” customer Jim Emery said.  “No one can have anything anymore. You got to keep everything under lock and key with bars on it.”

The suspect was caught on camera at 2:18 a.m. Police arrived moments later, apparently not giving him enough time to take anything.

A statement released by LMPD said the thieves ran from the store to a car parked in the area.

The statement described how the department’s “K-9 and Air Unit along with officers conducted an extensive search but were unable to locate them.”

Store management declined to comment.

The image of the suspect was posted to the store’s social media page promising a cash reward to anyone who can provide a name.

The Facebook post stated in bold letters they would be closed on Wednesday and were offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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WE WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AND POSSIBLY LONGER AS WE WERE BROKEN INTO THIS MORNING. IF YOU RECOGNIZE THIS FACE AND WANT A GOOD CASH REWARD FOR HIS NAME CONTACT US VIA MESSENGER

Posted by ALPHA GUNS on Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Most nearby businesses have security cameras and alarms. Business owners said crime usually isn’t a problem. Angie Layman runs a charity bingo hall across the street from the gun shop.

“I don’t see much crime out here, I feel very safe coming here doing my job, going home,” Layman said. “I’ve never had an issue. We have a security guard each session.  We have 18 sessions a week and we have a security guard in place every time.”

On Wednesday, investigators were at the gun store examining inventory to make sure nothing was taken.

ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, is assisting in the investigation.

A statement from ATF said the bureau “is ensuring that those who are responsible for committing gun store burglaries are aggressively investigated and swiftly brought to justice.”

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