PRAIRIE GROVE — Thieves broke into a local hardware store and made off with many weapons, police said Friday (Feb. 15).
The break-in happened about 3 a.m. at the Ace Hardware on West Buchanan Street/U.S. 62 in downtown Prairie Grove, said Capt. Jeff O'Brien of the Prairie Grove Police Department.
The front door was smashed, and the thieves stole many firearms before police could arrive on the scene, O'Brien said. He says they don't know how many guns they are looking for until the store sends them an inventory list.
O'Brien says once they get that list, they will put the serial numbers to those guns in the system as stolen. If anyone tries to sell the guns, they will get flagged.
O'Brien says this case is a priority and they are working with all local, state and federal agencies to find the suspect or suspects.
"I don't think anybody local needs to be worried about this. When firearms are stolen, these are just typically things of value that a thief wants to try and resale for cash. I don't see this needs to be a concern for our local citizens. Everything is ok," O'Brien said.
Police say this is an ongoing investigation and they ask if you have any information on this crime or stolen guns to call the police department.
Right now police have no suspects or witnesses at this time.
Check back for updates on this story as more details are released.