Police: .308 among 30 guns stolen in Greensboro burglary

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GREENSBORO, N.C. --- At least 30 guns, including two assault rifles, were taken in a recent break-in in Greensboro.

Greensboro Police Department Captain Mike Richey says the guns were stolen during a break-in between the evening of January 13th and the morning of the 14th.

Among the guns stolen were a black .308 assault rifle, a camouflage assault rifle, 7 low caliber hunting rifles, 4 handguns, 7 shotguns and 10 to 12 other guns authorities are still gathering paperwork on.

"Someone who is willing to break in and steal from other people took these guns so are they willing to do other things with them, commit robberies, commit shootings, that's where our concern is," Captain Richey told Fox 8.

All of the weapons stolen were from the two private collections in Greensboro, some allegedly up to 100 years old.

Captain Richey said the guns were secured in what he said, "appeared at the time to be a prudent manner."

He won't disclose the location of the crime but says that the guns were legally purchased, legally owned and properly documented in the jurisdiction they were bought in.

Calling it a crime of opportunity, he doesn't think the person who committed this crime even knew the guns were there.

"There's no indication what-so-ever that the thieves knew the victims at the time these guns were stolen, or even knew that the guns were there," Richey Said, "We have contacted our pawn shops in the local area to advise them of the guns."

The major concern is that they get these guns back before they fall into the wrong hands.

"You've got guns that could be sold illegally throughout the region, then used in possible crimes," Richey said.

Anyone with further information about the incident should call Crimestoppers at (336) 373-1000.  A cash reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest or indictment of whoever is responsible.