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.