Authorities in Wayne County are looking for thieves who knocked over a Palmyra gun shop this week, taking with them dozens of weapons.
"It's not the first burglary at a gun shop," said Chief Deputy Bob Hetske.
The thieves hit sometime during the overnight Monday, making off with close to 40 guns.
"There's just some bad guys out there and they hit the place."
Thieves entered D & M Shooting Sports through the back of the building, overcoming a security system that was in place.
"The bulk of the weapons taken were handguns. Readily sold on the streets."
The theft of the guns is troubling to Wayne County authorities for a couple of reasons.
"First of all, we got a major crime that occurred in Wayne County, and second, we have another gun shop with a burglary and handguns going on the streets."
Hetske, chief deputy with the Wayne County Sheriffs Office, says tough new gun laws have driven up the costs of weapons – those sold legally, and illegally. He has no doubt the guns taken in the Palmyra theft will wind up on the streets, illegally.
"Once they start getting traded off, traded for drugs, sold for whatever... once they hit that illegal market, they can go anyplace."
The Sheriff's Office is working with federal authorities on the stolen gun case.
The Palmyra break in isn't the the first gun theft in Wayne County. In November, someone broke into a gun shop in Sodus, making off with some 60 weapons. At the time, that shop's owner told us his losses totalled about $28,000 dollars.
"Is it the same people involved in the two? We don't know at this point."
Hetske says over the years, guns stolen in Wayne County have been recovered all over the country. The market being what it now is, with guns in high demand, and with the money being paid for them; he wouldn't be surprised if it happens again.
"Just the fact that they're out there, do I see it happening more? Yeah, I do see it happening more."