|Scene of gun theft at Los Lunas Walmart|
At 2AM on Christmas Day, three men broke into the Walmart in Los Lunas, New Mexico, and stole six firearms, including five hunting rifles and a shotgun, as well as laptop computers and MP3 players, loaded them into shopping carts, and fled with the items. In all they got $30,000 worth of goods.
Here is a news video on the heist.
Here is a gallery of the stolen firearms.
Police are now offering to buy back the firearms.
From an article:
The Los Lunas Police Department is even willing to pay to get its hands on the five rifles and a shotgun by reimbursing anyone what they paid for the guns if they bought them without knowing they were stolen.
In return, investigators are asking for any information on these thieves.
Several of the 40 security cameras at the Walmart recorded the crooks taking the guns out of their cases at the Walmart on State Route 6 at about 2 a.m. on Christmas.
But even with all that footage, the three people concealed their identities with dark clothes and hoods.
The trio loaded up three shopping carts with equipment before heading out to a white pickup truck, which leads police to believe a fourth suspect was the driver.
Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick says the crooks took hunting rifles, not assault weapons.
“There were assault rifles at Walmart,” the chief says. “These suspects looked at them, took them out of the case and then put them on the ground. They didn't want them.
"That tells me they have specific person or persons to purchase these guns, probably hunters.”
The rifles are Model 700 bolt-action Remingtons, three of them .30-06 caliber and one .270 caliber. The shotgun is a .20-gauge semiautomatic Remington Model 11-87.
Walmart. Save money. Die faster.
UPDATE (1/14/13): Four people have been arrested for the robberies, including a former Walmart security employee. Six guns have been recovered.