BPS investigating stolen firearms from Flint River Outfitters
Published 3:36 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2018
On Monday night at approximately 11:41 p.m. Flint River Outfitters was burglarized and 13 firearms were stolen.
Flint River Outfitters business alarm went off, indicating left rear motion, which alerted the Bainbridge Public Safety officers. Officer Jessica Matthews arrived and noticed a small window near the front door had been busted almost completely out. She then requested additional backup. Officer Jamie Marshburn, Sgt. Toby Miller and Captain Jack Bunting then arrived, along with Investigator Chris Jordan.
An officer noticed above the small window was another window that had also been busted and several shards of glass on the ground outside the building and inside the building under the window.
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Inside the store, their Christmas tree had been knocked down with several ornaments crushed and stepped on. While observing the damage, Matthews noticed two wet spots on the wood frame around the windowsill, which indicated someone had used the wood frame for leverage to climb in the window.
Matthews continued to investigate and found that the burglars had attempted to bust three other windows and the back door had smears and imprints on the glass were something had been thrown at it several times. She found rocks covered in mud, which she believed to have been what was used.
As Matthews continued around the building, she observed two more windows with muddy imprints on them and a purple drink can laying in the front parking lot.
While investigating, store owner Edwin McCullers arrived on scene and found that the power at the main box had been turned off before the store was burglarized.
After investigators cleared the building to make sure no one was still inside, McCullers and officers found that the two wooden doors leading to the gun room had been pulled apart and one of the doors was broken.
Matthews found large amounts of shattered glass where the display cases had been broken into. She observed several empty slots where guns should have been and compared them with store inventory.
A combination of 13 pistols and revolvers were included missing.
BPS is asking anyone who knows any information to come forward. There is a $1,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible.