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Published on May 29, 2024
Flatbed Truck Smashes into Delaware Gun Shop, Firearms Stolen in Memorial Day HeistSource: Google Street View

A brazen thief used a flatbed truck to smash into a Delaware gun shop over the Memorial Day weekend, making off with several firearms from Millers Gun Center. The heist, which occurred at the intersection of West Jackson Avenue and U.S. Route 13 in New Castle, was reported around 1:50 a.m. Monday, according to NBC Philadelphia. New Castle County police arrived to find the gun store broken into and the suspect truck gone, with a section of the brick storefront left boarded up after the raid.

According to FOX 29, the flatbed truck was later found unattended across the street from the crime scene near a dry cleaner. This development has local residents on edge, fearing the weapons could quickly to circulate in the black market. "It's scary because there are other gun shops in the area, they're probably going to be on high alert," Louis Nievas, who has lived in the vicinity for nearly 13 years, told FOX 29.

New Castle County Police, along with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency (ATF), are looking into the burglary. "That's a high concern we're working with county police and the ATF, hopefully with a joint effort — all working together — we'll solve this," shop owner Robert Miller expressed in a conversation with FOX 29. The family-owned business, which has been running for over six decades, has since installed a temporary door while recovery efforts are underway.

As investigations intensify, attention turns to the numerous law enforcement agencies involved. "I just didn't think anything like that would ever happen to us," Miller said to Action News. "We've got a really, really good security system and we've got surveillance." He hopes the audacity of the crime will be what leads to the perpetrator's capture. While the surveillance footage remains under wraps, its review by the ATF, FBI, and local police could prove crucial in cracking the case. As for now, the authorities are urging anyone with additional information to come forward.