GLENVILLE — At least three people broke into a Glenville gun store early Monday, smashed open display cases and made off with about 40 guns, police said.
Police were called to Target Sports at 122 Saratoga Road just after 9 a.m. They believe the thieves entered the store overnight.
"They smashed a window and entered the building and did get some guns," police spokesman Lt. Michael Petroski said.
The store has a burglary alarm, but it did not go off, an owner said.
Once inside, the suspects smashed open display cases and stole various firearms, including pistols and long guns. A gun shop owner said an inventory was underway to determine the number and type of weapons stolen.
Police believe the suspects were in the area of the store between midnight and 2:30 a.m. Monday and fled with the guns in a vehicle. Video surveillance from the area is being reviewed, police said.
Because Target Sports is a federally licensed firearms dealer, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting in the investigation. The state police and various other law enforcement agencies in the region are also assisting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Glenville police detectives at 518-384-0135.
A Glenville police car blocked the parking lot entrance as officers worked early Monday morning. Officers later roped off the property with crime scene tape. The tape remained by late afternoon and a detective left with what appeared to be an evidence bag.
One of the owners, Steve Borst, said he arrived for work Monday morning and discovered the burglary.
"I came in, unlocked the door and did my usual routine," Borst said, "and then noticed some things that were out of order and identified we had been broken into."
Borst did not elaborate on what he saw, but he said he immediately left and called police. Arriving officers secured the area and an apparent evidence technician later took pictures while wearing a protective white suit.
Target Sports at 122 Saratoga Road in Glenville. (Marc Schultz)
Asked about a scanner report that blood was found at the scene, Borst said there appeared to be blood around the broken window, suggesting someone who came in cut themselves in the process.
Police estimated the suspects took about 40 guns, but officials continued to identify Monday evening exactly how many firearms had been taken, owners said. Co-owner Dennis Donoghue said he expected the inventory to last into the night.
The store remained closed throughout Monday. Donoghue said he hoped the store could reopen by Tuesday afternoon.