Transcript for Brazen Smash and Grab Robbery in Tampa, Florida
Next tonight here, an ABC news investigation. The troubling scene overnight in Tampa, and it is playing out in cities across this country. Thieves smashing into gun stores and then stealing the weapons. ABC's senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas. Reporter: Tonight, the hunt is on for these brazen thieves who used an SUV to smash into this Florida gun store. Up to 15 crooks swarming in, grabbing dozens of weapons. ABC news has learned, gun store burglaries are surging across the country. In Texas, this thief smashing through the door, then the case, gone in seven seconds. Ever creative, this gang uses a truck and steel cables to rip a metal gate right off its hinges. Some even using blowtorches. A disturbing 28% spike in gun store burglaries from 2013 to 2015. More than 12,000 weapons, includes assault rifles, stolen. This year, the pace of burglaries at a rate of more than one per day. Less than 30 seconds, they were in, got the guns and were out. Reporter: In and out, 30 seconds? 30 seconds. Reporter: These steps often lead to violence on the streets. We know those guns will be instantly used to commit violent crimes here in our communities. Reporter: David, the crooks think it's more difficult to trace guns stolen this way, but the bad news, these heists are getting bigger and bigger. Pierre, thank you.
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