INDEPENDENCE, Mo - A boarded-up front entrance that greeted customers walking into the Independence Bass Pro Shop off of Interstate 70 served as a reminder of Thursday morning's brazen burglary.
Independence police responded to the store before 3:30 a.m. after the alarm system went off. When officers arrived, they discovered shattered glass at the front store and several guns missing from the display case.
The store is licensed by the ATF which makes whoever stole the guns a federal offense.
"We've got people that already demonstrated that they are more than willing to break the law and now we know for certain that those certain individuals are armed,” ATF Spokesperson John Ham said. “So from a public safety standpoint, from an officer-safety standpoint, you know those are things that we are concerned about and we move so quickly in our investigations."
If you have any information regarding the burglary, contact Independence police at 816-325-7300.