Gun store burglars mess with the wrong business; leave clues for police

AFFTON, Mo. – Police responded to another gun store break-in, this time at Affton’s Triple Threat Armory Tuesday morning. However, the store not only captured clear video but employees locked up all the guns before closing.

“We take time to lock up our guns every night for this reason,” co-owner Tanya Stephan said. “We do not want criminals on the street with guns.”

Stephan said the thieves only got away with a couple magazines. They also stole gun boxes, but they were all empty.

The crooks also left behind plenty of clues.

“We got two of them with facial recognition and one of them didn’t have gloves on, so we’ve got fingerprints taken,” she said.

Freeze frames from surveillance video show a guy in the hoodie peaking at the camera out of the corner of his eye. You can get a good look at part of another man’s in another shot.

St. Louis County police have been here before, returning today to gather evidence and dust for fingerprints.

“This is the third time in less than a year that we’ve been broken into,” Stephan said.

This, despite the fact Stephan said it’s obvious from the outside that the guns are all locked away.

“These counter lights are on every night. We leave the blinds open. They were looking in the window all three times,” she said. “So I don’t know what makes them think they’re going to get anything when they come in here.”

Triple Threat is among at least six stores recently hit, including Razorback Armory in Des Peres, On-Target in Valley Park, Modern Weapon Systems in High Ridge, and Southern Armory in Crestwood.

Police arrested Andre Legardy in January, linking him to a break-in at Wentzville’s Eagle Eye USA, but federal investigators said he was linked to others, which they’re still tracking.

Since the criminals aren’t getting the message Triple Threat Armory locks up its guns, the owners said they may install bars over the windows, which is something they were hoping to avoid.