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Palm Bay burglars stole guns during Hurricane Irma, police say

PALM BAY, Fla. – While much of Central Florida was feeling the brunt Hurricane Irma’s winds, several burglars targeted a pawn shop, stealing guns and electronics, officials with the Palm Bay Police Department said.

Police are trying to identify several men captured on surveillance video breaking into the Blue Diamond Pawn Shop on Sept. 11. 

"They used this cover of the hurricane to break in," said Lt. Mike Bandish with the Palm Bay Police Departmant. "The pawn shop had bars, alarms and video systems" 

In all, Bandish says 36 guns were taken, along with electronics and watches.
 
"They weren't able to buy guns so they broke in and stole them so we want to get them off the street," Bandish added. "If these individuals are apprehended and convicted, the judge can put enhanced penalties on their crimes since it happened during a state of emergency." 

Two men seen on surveillance video at Blue Diamond Pawn Shop in Palm Bay on Sept. 11. Multiple guns and electronics were stolen during Hurricane Irma.
Two men seen on surveillance video at Blue Diamond Pawn Shop in Palm Bay on Sept. 11. Multiple guns and electronics were stolen during Hurricane Irma.

Photos of the burglary at 1890 Palm Bay Road show the men taking several shotguns from gun racks inside the store.

Anyone with information about the men in the photos is asked to call the Palm Bay Police Department at 321-952-2456. A cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

 

 


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