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Police investigating possible connections after 4 gun shops hit in last 2 weeks

Police investigating possible connections after 4 gun shops hit in last 2 weeks (WKRC)

CHEVIOT, Ohio (WKRC) - They didn't get away with anything, but on Sunday night in Cheviot some brash burglars hit the fourth local gun shop in two weeks.

Dozens of weapons have been stolen during that time and detectives are trying to figure out if the break-ins are connected.

If it's the same group of guys, they are only batting 500. Twice they got away with guns and two times, security kept them out.

On Sunday night, they barely got away from police.

At 4 a.m. Monday morning, a failed plot was hatching at the corner of Harrison and North Bend when four guys tried to break into Arms and Accessories using a stolen car.

“The first attempt they backed the vehicle up to the door. They chained the vehicle to the door and tried to pull the door off the hinges using the car. They were unsuccessful, the handle popped right off,” said Detective Scott Ehler of Cheviot Police.

So they went back and tried to break the glass. That set off an alarm. Police came and chased the car till it was dumped on Carmel Terrace and the guys took off on foot.

Most of this was caught on surveillance tape.

“They did a very good job of covering their faces, their heads. When they are on camera they are covered up. They are wearing gloves and sleeves so it's really hard to make an ID off of that,” said Detective Ehler.

It was the latest in a string of gun store break-ins that has put more than 40 stolen handguns and rifles on the street.

At 3 a.m. on July 2nd, burglars got away with 20 handguns and rifles at Peterson’s Gun Shop in Sharonville. There's a $5,000 reward for their capture.

On July 8th, wannabe burglars failed repeated attempts to pry open the door at Kyle's Guns in Finneytown. That was also at 3 a.m.

One hour later, burglars successfully pried open the door at Mark's Guns in Florence. They got away with 23 firearms, leaving behind a crowbar and one gun.

No arrests have been made in the four break-ins and attempts. Several agencies are working together but can't yet say for sure any of the cases are linked.

“But yes, we have been in contact with those guys. Comparing notes and hopefully we can bring it all together,” said Detective Ehler.

The Florence burglary is the only one without surveillance video.

They have something to work with in all the cases. On Sunday night, police recovered the stolen car and are processing it.

They say it's too early to say any of them are connected.

If you have any information about any of the break-ins, please call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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