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More than 20 guns stolen from Winder pawn shop

WINDER — Federal agents are now helping Winder police track down bandits that stole nearly two dozen guns from a pawn shop over the weekend.

At about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, thieves reportedly drove a white Dodge Ram through the front windows of Southeast Pawn, located at 138 West Athens St. in Winder. Four suspects then ran inside before coming back out with several firearms.

“So far, it is believed that over 20 guns were taken, consisting of mostly handguns of various calibers,” Winder police spokesman Officer Chris Cooper said. “Four long guns were listed, including one Bushmater semi-automatic rifle.”

Shop owners have valued the missing weapons at about $16,000 and said that ammunition was also stolen. They are still searching their inventory for any additional items that may have been taken, Cooper said.

The pickup truck used to enter the store was left at the scene, Cooper said, and later determined to be stolen from an apartment complex in Atlanta. It’s believed the suspects fled in a second vehicle, a description of which is not known.

Cooper said Monday that members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, have joined the investigation.

A “couple of leads” have been developed, officials said.