More than a dozen firearms stolen in Gouverneur gun shop break-in, troopers say

WWNY More than a dozen firearms stolen in Gouverneur gun shop break-in, troopers say

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Almost exactly a year after being broken into, a St. Lawrence County Gun Shop has been targeted again.

State Police tell us more than a dozen guns were stolen from Bowman’s Gun Shop in the town of Gouverneur over the weekend.

It was a quiet Tuesday at the shop, but neighbors tell us there was a large police presence there Monday, as authorities were looking into the theft of more than a dozen guns.

No one at the gun shop would talk to us and police weren’t commenting.

The business was broken into and several guns stolen a little over a year ago.

Three Fort Drum soldiers were charged in that September 14, 2019 break-in and another about two weeks later at Graham’s Gun Shop in DeKalb Junction.

This isn’t the only incident this year. State Police say there was another recent gun theft in Clinton County, but it’s too soon to tell if the two are connected.

While authorities investigate, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sending automated massages to gun businesses in the area, warning them to be on alert.

Gunsmith Christopher Velez runs his own business nearby. He got that message and says anyone in the firearms business needs to prioritize security.

“Anything can happen so you just have to be cautious and be proactive when you can to try to prevent these things from happening,” said Velez, Cujocop’s Custom Shop.

So what kind of security did Bowman’s have? We asked State Police and they didn’t comment.

Velez also tells us the thieves got away with quite a haul; handguns cost $400 to $500 each - and that’s on the low end of estimates.

State Police say the suspects are still at large.

Anyone with information about this weekend’s burglary can call the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 518-873-2776.

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