Downtown business burglarized, guns taken

Patrick Yost News

A downtown Madison business was burglarized on Thursday, Oct. 26, and more than $12,000 worth of guns were stolen, police reports state.

According to the Madison Police Department, someone entered Steve’s Place on West Washington Street sometime between 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. and removed the weapons.

Reports state that an officer observed several areas where suspects in the theft attempted to enter the business but failed. Suspects attempted to remove an air conditioner and failed, attempted to remove a sheet of plywood to enter, but that was blocked by a concrete block wall. They also tried to pry open the front door and failed and tried to drill through a dead bolt lock and failed.

They eventually gained entry by breaking out a 1’x3’ window above the front door and crawled inside the store.

A rear window was also broken out. Reports state that it is believed weapons were handed out the rear of the store through the broken window.

In total, more than $13,000 worth of items were removed from the store.

Reports state that the store owner contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and gave them serial numbers from all the missing guns.

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