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Reward offered in theft of firearms from South Side arms dealer



Published: Thu, September 27, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

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Video surveillance shows the breaking and entering at AAA Customs where dozens of high-powered weapons were taken. Police believe three people were involved in the theft and are hoping they can be identified from this still photo.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A federal agency is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of men who stole three dozen high-powered rifles and handguns from a South Side arms dealer.

Robert Miller, resident agent in charge of the Youngstown office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said three men broke into the AAA Customs at 2500 Market St. in the early-morning hours Sunday.

Two of the men went inside the store and one waited outside.

The theft, he said, was not random.

“I believe the store was targeted,” Miller said. “They [AAA Customs] are in the process of increasing their security and remaining in business.”

Police Chief Rod Foley would not say exactly what guns were taken from the shop, but he did say there were a number of high- powered rifles stolen.

He said the shop owners do have a federal license to have and sell the firearms.

Foley said he hopes the $5,000 reward brings someone to law enforcement with information before the guns get into the wrong hands.

“I don’t want these guns hitting the streets without anyone knowing about it,” the chief said.

“Hopefully, if someone sees them out there they will tip us off that somebody out there is trying to sell these guns. The problem we have with these types of guns is they just exchange hands so quickly. ... It can be up to two or three people in one day. We don’t want them in the wrong hands and used in some turf wars out there.”

The chief has reason to be concerned about the firearms hitting the streets.

The city recently had an example of what can happen when the wrong people have access to high-powered guns with the shooting death of 8-year-old Bryce Linebaugh last month.

Bryce was shot in the head while he slept in the top portion of his bunk bed in an upstairs bedroom of his home at 1404 Maplewood Court in Rockford Village on the city’s East Side in August.

A stray bullet from a high-powered rifle used in a drive-by shooting killed the boy.

The ATF released video surveillance footage of the robbery to the media and are hoping someone can identify the robbers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF crime gun hot line at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or the Youngstown Police Department at 330-747-7911.


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1NoBS(1960 comments)posted 2 years ago

Um, I fail to see the Boardman connection. 2500 Market St. isn't even close.

Nice work, Vindy.

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 2 years ago

Boardman just hired new police officers and will soon need another levy to pay for it all! Someone at the Vindy came up with this deceitful headline to help scare the Boardman voters.

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3republicanRick(1168 comments)posted 2 years ago

2500 Market St isn't even close to Boardman. Why would the Vindy put such obviously flawed story out there?

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4thisgirl(2 comments)posted 2 years ago

Ya this is NOT Boardman..it is the "uptown" section of the Southside and how this place ever got a firearms license is amazing and disgusting! Drive by the place..its a spot where cars get their 24" - 36" rims on. Do you know anyone with a job that drives a car with 36" spinners on it?? Betcha dont! WTF would this place be licensed???? Someone needs to look into that while they are searching for these guns.

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5Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years ago

Come on, you know why they won't put pictures up, and I love this one, "Persons of Interest." . God forbid you do. These two filthy scum are shoving guns who know's where on camera and there just persons of interests. Anyway here's a shot of what the security cameras shot. Maybe they bent there rims in the process of the robbery and have to go back to get them fix at this place.

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

"""In the area of this particular part of town, I'm very concerned that some of our gang members or drug traffickers could get access to these guns and continue the violence that's been shed over the last few years out there. So, we wanna make sure we get them off the street as fast as we can," Foley said.""

And they will get there filthy hands on these guns. And will KILL and KILL again. And no one will talk once again. It's a never ending cycle these filthy cockroaches go through, only different players. But ends up all the same.

Won't stop till they do a full sweep of this part of town, and get the filthy trash out, or just put a wall around it and let them do whatever.

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6DwightK(1263 comments)posted 2 years ago

We clearly need some better standards about who can be a firearms dealer and where they can be located.

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7Silence_Dogood(1356 comments)posted 2 years ago

What the heck are some of you people smoking? At no point in this article does it say Boardman, it does mention Youngstown SEVERAL times though.

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8Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years ago

silence

They changed the headline and Boardman references and now put up the picture.

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9maxborenstein(27 comments)posted 2 years ago

A "used" bank with its vault would be an ideal place to store class 3 weapons. No class 3 licenses should be given to any entity that does not have a storage area equivalent in security to a bank vault. Sheet metal or un-grouted block won't keep anyone determined out. It's not that a vault isn't capable of being yielded, it's the time and noise required to penetrate such a structure.

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10hollywood(94 comments)posted 2 years ago

this is very crazy that that shop had a license for weapons that big, or any weapons for that matter. noone will get introuble and noone will get caught. those guns will be recovered at a crime scene.

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11Silence_Dogood(1356 comments)posted 2 years ago

WOW

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