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274 Guns Stolen from Houston-Area Stores

So far only one gun recovered



    Thieves have stolen 274 guns, including rifles and handguns, in an organized crime spree targeting gun stores and pawn shops in the Houston area.

    Authorities at a Crime Stoppers news conference Thursday said the culprits struck at night when businesses were closed.

    Gary Orchowski, a special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the burglaries "are not smash-and-grab."

    Officials say the well-orchestrated thefts from Dec. 2 to Jan. 14 may involve as many as seven people.

    The Houston Chronicle reports Friday that three masked men carrying two-way radios were arrested in Spring, Texas, during the latest roof-top heist. They were charged with engaging in criminal activity.

    So far only one gun has been recovered and it was used in an out-of-state crime.