In two separate robberies, suspects entered a Walmart store in Memphis, Tennessee, and took rifles right out of the display case in the gun department, then left the store with them. In at least one instance, the key to the display case had been attached to the back of the case, in plain sight.
From an article:
A Memphis Police spokeswoman says two rifles were stolen on January 27th. On February 11th, seven more rifles worth a total of $6,400 were stolen."Things are constantly getting crazier by the day," Valencia Jones said. "You just wouldn't expect that out here, you would probably expect that somewhere else in another part of town."According to a police report, a manager told officers that the gun case was new and the keys were stuck to the back of the gun case.A Walmart spokeswoman says all of the guns and ammunition at the store on the 500 block of Germantown Parkway have been locked up, and customers can purchase them by talking with a manager."They need better security on their stuff," Bo Martin said. "There goes the crime rate."
Another article details what model the guns were. All nine of the rifles were semi-automatic assault rifles:
DPM Panther Arms A-5
It has people worried now that the weapons may be on the streets.
One man who heard about the crimes, Jimmy Bloodsworth, said, “That’s terrible! I’d hate to run into someone that has them.” ....
For some, it is raising questions as to whether stores like Walmart should even sell these types of guns.
“I mean, I believe in second amendment rights, but to have guns like that to where they can be stolen and get into the wrong hands…That’s just terrible,” Bloodsworth said.
At least two shootings have also occurred in Memphis-area Walmart stores, injuring three people.