Southington gun store burglary results in stolen firearms

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SOUTHINGTON — A burglary at Lock N’ Load Firearms on the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike resulted in the theft of 10 handguns during the early morning hours on May 19.

Southington Police Department officers responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the gun store and found that suspects had entered through the front window.

Surveillance video captured the incident, which triggered the alarm system.

An officer quickly located the suspects’ vehicle fleeing the scene and tracked it until it was abandoned in Cheshire, near I-691 on Route 10.

One handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

Despite a search, the suspects were not found.

The SPD is collaborating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the gun store owners to locate the stolen firearms and identify the suspects.

Detective John Marenholz is leading the investigation, and anyone with information is urged to call him at 860-378-1648.

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