Colonie gun store burglarized

October 29, 2017 05:46 PM

COLONIE - A smash and grab robbery was caught on video inside a gun store in Colonie. The thief was in and out in 20 seconds and made off with several handguns. ATF and Colonie police are looking into any possible connection to another gun store robbery last week.

It's like a scene out of an action flick. About 1:30 Sunday morning, surveillance video catches a thief in the act -- shattering the glass door of a gun shop -- and then, he seemed calm and collected while shattering a glass case.

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He didn't even flinch when the burglar alarm went off -- grabbing one or two handguns at a time inside New York Shooter Supply on Central Avenue.

"That's very quick. He's in and out of there in probably 18 to 20 seconds, breaks the front door with what appears to be a crowbar. Enters, breaks the glass right away, takes the handguns and puts them into a backpack," explained Lt. Robert Winn with Colonie Police.

The crook left the store and vanished somewhere on Central Avenue. Police were at the scene within a few minutes. They brought in a K9 unit to try to track him down. However, he was nowhere to be found. Hard to tell, police say, whether he was a pro or simply got lucky.

"It's possible that he probably had some knowledge of the store, maybe he previously had been in there, previously cased the store," noted Winn.

Police say he took five handguns altogether. ATF agents spent part of the day at the store investigating. They're working with Colonie police to make sure the stolen guns don't end up in the wrong hands.

"These are handguns that are going to be certainly headed for the illegal second hand market," noted Winn.

This comes on the heels of another gun store robbery in Glenville. Police say more than 40 guns were taken from Target Sports on Monday.

Two men are now wanted by ATF with a $15,000 reward in connection with that case -- 23 year-old Christian Roman and 36-year-old Jose Fontanez.

Federal agents are also trying to figure out if the two robberies are connected.

Meanwhile, Colonie police need your help to find Sunday’s suspect. He’s described as a male, average height, thin build, white mask, light color gloves and a black and grey camo hoodie,

"There definitely were people in the area at that time. If anyone saw anything or heard anything. We would like to hear from them," advised Winn.


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