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Crooks Lift 12 Handguns from Durham Store

Posted June 27, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— They should be locked up inside the Armory Arms Guns and Ammo store. Instead, an arsonal of weapons is on the street right now. It's a frightening thought: weapons of death and destruction in the wrong hands. Those weapons could be anywhere by now, perhaps even in your neighborhood.

At this time, Durham Police have little information to go on. They do know that one of the thieves was wearing a bandana and a second suspect had on some sort of Halloween mask. Officers say there are already too many guns in the hands of criminals in Durham. Now they have more guns.

Police say the two armed, disguised men burst into the store Thursday morning, held a gun to a clerk's head, and stuffed a duffle bag with handguns.

Sergeant A.J. Carter says the police force is always concerned when weapons hit the street. Carter says he hopes the guns and the suspects can be found before anyone is injured.

Police are concerned, but residents in the well-kept neighborhoods near the gun shop are perhaps more concerned. Tony Parsons and his family didn't hear about the gun heist until WRAL-TV5'sMark Roberts asked them how they felt about it. Parsons says he worries about the guns getting into the wrong hands and wonders where things are going to stop if the criminals keep eluding police and go on to collect even more guns.

There was one positive thing to note. All of the stolen guns had identification tags on them and were listed with the ATF. Anyone who tampers with the serial number on a gun faces an automatic charge.