Cops nab thieves in wild smash-and-grab robbery of Houston gun store

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HOUSTON – Federal agents arrested some of the men wanted in a brazen smash-and-grab at a Houston firearm store, officials announced Thursday.

It's not clear what led to their capture, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed to KRPC that arrests have been made.

Cameras recorded the crew around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, their faces covered, as they chained the security gate in front of Carter's Country Guns & Ammo to the back of a black SUV and accelerated, tearing it from its hinges.

Ten men can be seen rushing into the shop, smashing glass cases and filling bags with guns and ammunition. in just 120 seconds the thieves were gone, making off with roughly 50 weapons.

"We're seeing an uptick, not just in Houston and Harris County, but around the country," said Robert Elder, Special Agent In-Charge, KTRK reported.

Authorities are still looking for the remaining thieves.

Crime Stoppers will offer up to $5,000 for information in this case.

Anyone with information is urged to call 713-222-TIPS (8477).