Federal Agents looking for suspects who stole from local gun shop

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Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 6:07 PM CDT
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Authorities are investigating a burglary at a gun shop in Cross Plains.

It happened early Friday morning after a car crashed into the store front. According to the Dane County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to PT Firearms on Glaciers Edge Square just after 3:30 Friday morning.

Sheriff's officials said the suspects backed a stolen car through the front of the store to gain entry. Several guns were stolen.

A lot of people in Cross Plains are talking about this bold crime that happened while most of them were asleep. Some say they are still trying to wrap their heads around what happened especially given where it happened.

"This doesn't happen here,” said Dave Morrill, Incredible Cars owner.

It's a scene unfamiliar to people in Cross Plains. Police, Crime tape and a car backed into a gun shop.

"It was terrible,” said Suzanne Ellis, World of Variety employee.

People say they never thought this could happen right next door to where they work or even in their community. Police say two or three people purposely backed a stolen car into PT Firearms and stole guns.

"How could this happen?” said Ellis.

Chief Thomas Janssen has been the police chief for 12 years and was shocked by this crime.

"Quite honestly it was a little hard to believe.We have had no problems with PT Firearms or any businesses in the strip mall. We barely ever get a call anytime, during the day or night," said Chief Janssen.

The Cross Plains Police Department, The Dane County Sheriff's Office, and AFT are trying to piece together clues from witnesses and surveillance cameras from the gun store and from surrounding businesses.

"3:30 in the morning, we are not going to have too many eyewitnesses. So, any surveillance video we can get from surrounding stores businesses, it's going to be huge. It's going to take quite a while to sift through it. We don't have stuff like this happen here. So it's shocking to the community, it's shocking to us and we're going to try and get to the bottom of it,” said Chief Janssen.

Police say the car was stolen from the Cross Plains area overnight. They say the owner of the car had no idea it was gone until police contacted them.

Police do not believe the public is in danger. They think the suspects are no longer in our area. If you have any information, call the Dane County Tip Line at 608-284-6900.

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