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BATON ROUGE- Thieves have successfully burglarized two gun stores in the last month, making off with an undisclosed number of firearms.

Most recently, Meaux's Guns on Mammoth Avenue was hit overnight. Police said the crooks swiped multiple guns. The store location was formerly Red Jacket Firearms.

Police did not release the specific type of firepower or the exact number of weapons stolen. But, police did tell WBRZ News 2, Meaux's owner told them the thieves forced their way into the store, and images of them were caught on surveillance cameras.

"When a criminal wants to get in, there is only so much you can do," business owner Joe Meaux told News 2 reporter Brett Buffington in an interview for WBRZ News 2 at 10:00

The store closed Monday while police investigated the thefts.

"We don't want to have products out there that aren't properly transferred to individuals," Meaux said.

Monday, WBRZ also confirmed an earlier burglary of another gun store. Bowie Outfitters on Perkins Road was hit overnight a month ago, on June 7th. The store would not release specifics about the heist, but said police were investigating.

In the Bowie's case, too, the crooks were captured on surveillance and video was given to authorities.

Police said while it was still uncertain if the two crimes are connected, detectives are looking into any possible connections.
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