Augusta pawn shop owner says thieves who took his guns left something behind


News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, March 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The owner of Mr. Pawn in downtown Augusta says the thieves that took his guns left something behind.

"We got their DNA. We got your picture. We are going to find you," said Allen Ralston.

Ralston has been in the pawn business for 18 years and has owned Mr. Pawn for the last six. That's why he says the break-in doesn't surprise him.

"Here we go again. This happened about a year ago also," he said.

Within the past year, multiple guns have been stolen from this shop. The video surveillance shows two white males busting showcases that did not even have guns and then walking out. Despite having multiple locks on the door, the crooks still made it in on Saturday.

"These two bottom latches are new. They busted the dead bolts and the bottom lock," Ralston said.

The owner says the suspects walked in after busting the locks, then smashed the showcases and ... "Then walked over here and snatched the guns off of the rack."

Ralston says stealing guns isn't just like any other crime.

"It's a federal offense. So, you know, that's automatically 10 years," Ralston said.

And while 10 years is a long time to be in jail, it took a lot less time to steal the guns.

"Three minutes," Ralston said.

Lastly, Ralston has a few words for the people that took his guns.

"Put that knowledge to good work -- not bad," he said.

But that's not all.

"We're coming after ya," Ralston said.

So, while Ralston keeps working hard for his living, two thieves are out there stealing for theirs. If you know anything that can help investigators, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Your tip will remain anonymous.


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