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Small arsenal stolen in burglary of the Disappear Gear gun shop

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A small arsenal was stolen in the burglary of a new gun shop, Disappear Gear, at 1050 Broadway, Suite 2, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, sometime between 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, and 4:40 a.m. Thursday, June 12, someone forced entry to the gun shop--by breaking the front glass door--then kicked in the doors of two interior office and storage areas. Stolen, police said: eight semi-automatic pistols; five carbine rifles; hundreds of rounds of ammunition; and a ghillie suit.

An inventory of the stolen firearms: a DTD .45 caliber TacPistol; a CZ 9mm P07 Duty pistol; a Kahr Arms CM9 9mm pistol; a Springfield XD-9 9mm pistol; a Smith & Wesson M&P .22 caliber pistol; a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40 caliber pistol; two BLF .223 caliber pistols; a WND WW15 .223 caliber carbine; a BLF .223 caliber carbine; two BLF BF15 .300 caliber carbine; two BLF BF15 .223 caliber carbines; 750 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition; 900 rounds of .223/5.56 ball ammunition; and 1,00 rounds of 7.62x39 ammunition.

The owner, Kenneth Price, put total loss and damage at $12,103, not including the cost of the stolen ammunition.

The burglary was discovered shortly before 5 a.m. on June 12 by a pedestrian taking her morning walk, police said. A patron of a gym directly north of the gun shop saw nothing suspicious on arrival at the gym, sometime between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. Neither did residents of the neighborhood interviewed by investigators see or hear anything unusual.

In June 2013, the Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-1 to reject Price’s petition for a use variance which would have allowed him to sell firearms mostly to law enforcement--and mostly over the Internet, he said at the time--from his residence in the 400 block of Whitewood Drive in the Jackson Heights subdivision in Jackson Township.

Six months later, in December 2013, the Chesterton BZA granted Price two use variances, allowing him to open a retail gun shop in Suite 2 at The Factory. At that time the board was told that Price’s business would have more security than two other previous gun shops in town.


Posted 6/18/2014