North Carolina video: Masked suspects enter gun store

Five people wearing balaclavas and masks rammed a car outside a North Carolina gun store before ransacking it, surveillance video of the store shows.

The suspects broke into Red Oak Outfitters at Pilot Mountain, about 200 miles northwest of Raleigh, just after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, Pilot Mountain Police Chief Robbie Jackson told McClatchy News.

Surveillance video provided to McClatchy News by Red Oak Outfitters shows a car crashing into the store’s front doors before people wearing balaclavas and masks run inside, overturn a counter, smash glass and run away with various items.

“I hate that this happened,” Tanner Hamilton, son of store owner Jeff Hamilton, told McClatchy News. “It’s unfortunate, but we are working on it, together with the police.”

The suspects stole 19 firearms and damaged the storefront, Hamilton said. The stolen items and damage to the building cost the store about $50,000, he said.

Red Oak Outfitters opened 11 years ago as a family-run hunting store selling guns and archery equipment, he said.

Hamilton said the store has reopened since the incident and most of the damage has been repaired, but police are still looking for the suspects.

Jackson said the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was involved in the investigation.

Madeleine List is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter. She has reported for the Cape Cod Times and the Providence Journal.

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