Thieves Caught on Camera Stealing 20 Guns from Grass Valley Gun Shop

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GRASS VALLEY -- A Grass Valley gun shop is out tens of thousands of dollars after criminals stole multiple guns from the store Wednesday morning. But it's not the money or violation of privacy that's concerning.

Twenty handguns were swiped from Mustang Firearms in a burglary that lasted less than a minute. Where those guns are and what they'll be used for is a mystery.

"Are they going to be sold on the black market? Are they going to be used in crimes? Are they going to be used against officers?" said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, two black men covered their faces, put on gloves and used crow bars to bust open the front door. They cleared nearly two shelves of guns. The suspects even covered the license plates on the gray Nissan Juke they got away in.

"They did some homework. They knew what time the business opened. They didn't see any vehicles here. I think they were opportunists," said Royal.

Surveillance cameras caught their every move. It's what the Nevada County Sheriff's Office is hoping will pinpoint who these criminals are.

Owner Bryan Schaff won't let this happen again. He said he plans to up security around his shop and keep his guns elsewhere overnight.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping the sheriff's office investigate. The ATF is hoping to identify suspects and figure out if the getaway car has been used in other crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Nevada County Sheriff's Office.