Three of seventeen firearms stolen from a Mount Joy Township gun shop have been recovered, but no arrests were immediately made as police continue their investigation.
Northwest Regional Police said 17 firearms including three rifles were stolen Monday, Feb. 5, from Trop Gun Shop, 910 N. Hanover St. in Mount Joy Township, just north of Elizabethtown.
Investigators also found what is believed to be the vehicle used in the burglary and continue to look for four suspects, police said in an update on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
A white 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer with front and side damage was found about half a mile from the shop. It had been reported stolen Feb. 1 from Swatara Township in Dauphin County.
Early Tuesday, Feb. 6, three of the stolen firearms were found in another stolen vehicle in York County, according to police.
During the burglary, three people smashed the front door of the shop about 3:14 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, and spent about two minutes in the store, smashing several display cases and taking the guns, police said.
A fourth person may have been outside the business waiting for the three inside, police said.
They reported that officers arrived within 55 seconds of being dispatched to the alarm and found no one at the scene.
Police said all three suspects wore gloves and wore hooded coats. They estimated one’s height at 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 inches, and the other two at 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11 inches.
They ask anyone with information to contact investigator Chuck Tobias at 717-689-5657, extension 131.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives initially said seven handguns were stolen from the store.
ATF continues to assist police in the investigation of 72 handguns stolen in November from Kinsey’s Outdoors, located about two miles away from Trop Gun.
The Trop Gun shop theft is “not believed to be connected to any other burglaries in that area based on the suspects seen on the store’s surveillance video,” ATF Philadelphia division spokeswoman Charlene Hennessy said.
Three of the handguns stolen from Kinsey’s have been recovered in Baltimore, according to the ATF.