Two local gun shops have been hit by stolen vehicles that purposely crashed into the buildings to gain entry in a span of just 10 days.
The first occurred around 4 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Shell Shop on Hammond Drive, according to Hopkinsville Police Department reports.
Three unknown individuals used a vehicle reported stolen from Nashville to crash into the side of the Shell Shop to gain entry.
Once inside, the three of them attempted to get into the main lobby but were unsuccessful and fled, according to video footage. The burglars left the stolen vehicle at the scene. No items were reported stolen from that incident.
The second incident occurred 10 days later, around 5 a.m. Thursday at Glory Guns and Pawn Shop on Skyline Drive.
Unknown individuals used another vehicle reported stolen from Nashville to ram into the front of the shop to gain entry into the store. As of press time, it is unclear whether or not items were stolen from the gun shop. The individuals left the scene and abandoned the stolen vehicle.
“At this time, we’re unsure if (the two incidents) are related,” said HPD Captain Erik Pacheco. “The investigation is still ongoing and hasn’t evolved to the point where we can believe the two are related.”
Pacheco added that police do not speculate as they deal with facts and evidence. However, he did acknowledge that there are similarities between the two incidents.
“There are some similarities, but it is unknown and undetermined if the two are related,” Pacheco said. “I can’t speculate that (the two are related) until we investigate it and determine for a fact that they are. We don’t want to draw conclusions in any investigation because of similarities.”
Glory Guns is conducting a 100% inventory audit to determine what was stolen from the shop, the captain noted. The report adds that several firearms were stolen from the store.
Police are continuing to investigate both incidents and are asking for any additional information anyone may have. Police are also asking for help in identifying the three people who broke into the Shell Shop.
The HPD Facebook shows three videos with footage of the Shell Shop incident and the people who were involved.
If you know the individuals or have any more information, call Hopkinsville-Christian County Emergency Communications Center at 270-890-1300.
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