CONCORD, N.C. — Two teens have been accused of stealing guns from Bass Pro Shops last week, Concord police said.
A day after burglary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found the teens and a third juvenile with the stolen car used in the crime, police said.
Officers said they found Vaque Davis, 18, Daquan Erwin, 17, and an unidentified juvenile on Friday, Nov. 18 near the Days Inn on West Sugar Creek Road.
Bass Pro Shops in Concord Mills Mall was burglarized on Thursday, Nov. 17, Concord police said. Officials said five rifles and two shotguns were taken from the store.
Police said the teens ran into a motel room when they saw the officers, which led to an hour long standoff.
When the teens surrendered peacefully, officers said they found weapons from Bass Pro Shops at the scene.
"I'm glad they were caught," said Will Adams who founded Team TruBlue. "Those guns wwere on their way into the streets."
Erwin and Davis are charged in connection with the break-in at Bass Pro Shops with one count of felony breaking and entering and eight counts of felony larceny of a firearm.
Concord police also said that Erwin and Davis burglarized Chola's Indian Grill in Concord on the same night as the Bass Pro Shops burglary. They have both been charged with an additional count of felony breaking and entering.
All three suspects are charged with possession of stolen firearms. Erwin and Davis were also charged with possession of marijuana. Erwin and the juvenile suspect are charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Concord Police Department at 704-920-5000 or Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers at 704-93-CRIME (2-7469).
Channel 9 has reported gun shop robberies in the last three months in Charlotte, Mount Holly, Cornelius and Concord.
This year more than 930 firearms have been stolen from shops across North and South Carolina.
The ATF sent out a letter to area bsuinesses informing employees how suspects are carrying out these crimes and what they can do to protect themselves. The agency suggested installing an alarm system, cameras, security bars on windows and doors and concrete barriers around the business to prevent smash and grab break-ins.
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