COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police are investigating after they say a man broke into a gun store on Central Avenue in Colonie early Sunday and stole several handguns. It happened just a few days after a group of people stole 40 firearms from another gun shop in Glenville, Target Sports.
Colonie Police received a burglar alarm at NY Shooter Supply at 1593 Central Avenue around 1:32 a.m. Sunday. A representative from the store also contacted police to report the break-in.
It all happened in about 20 seconds. Police say surveillance video shows a lone male smashing the glass of the front door with what appears to be something like a crowbar, then breaking a glass display case, stealing several handguns and fleeing in a westerly direction.
After the display case was shattered, owner of NY Shooter Supply, Matt Musto was alerted.
“I was able to log-in remotely and look,” Musto said. “I was able to immediately direct the police with a description.”
Musto is able to check the store surveillance cameras on his phone. He watched as the man put one gun after another in a backpack and escaped on foot.
The suspect is described as an average height male of thin build. He was wearing a white mask, light-colored gloves, a black and grey hoodie, dark pants, and carrying a dark-colored backpack with a white design or writing on it.
When police arrived on the scene, K-9s tracked the suspect a few feet away by Mordella Road, but couldn’t catch him. They discovered that he stole five handguns. According to Musto, the suspect took five Glock handguns, three 9mm, and two .40 caliber.
Matt Musto, said he feels violated.
“People shouldn’t be coming in and trying to steal or hurt people so I mean it’s not a good feeling, and you know I’m fairly confidant in law enforcement. I think we’re going to be able to catch this guy,” Musto said.
Musto believes that the suspect has been in the shop before.
“He didn’t spend any time and he knew right where to look so if he had never been in here, he wouldn’t have known,” Musto said.
Due to this inclination, Musto has turned over months of surveillance video to help police identify the suspect.
He’s frustrated, but hopeful that authorities will reveal the man behind the mask.
“I’m upset. I’m angry. I mean you feel violated,” Musto said. “I hope that we catch this guy quickly and I really hope that we get all of these guns recovered very soon.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is assisting in the investigation.
Police say it is too early to determine if the incident at NY Shooter Supply is connected to the theft in Glenville, but say early indications are that the two thefts are not related.
Musto does not believe the suspect had any intention to use the guns in a violent manner.
Anyone with information or who may have been in the area should contact the Colonie Police Department at 518-783-2744.