Albemarle County Gun Store Robbed

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

January 6, 2006

Police in Albemarle County are trying to figure out who robbed an Albemarle County sporting goods store, stealing 13 guns.

The guns were taken from the Mountain River Outdoors Shop on Seminole Trail Road Thursday morning, and one day later, the missing semi-automatic guns are still in the hands of someone who could be putting the public at risk.

The robbery happened inside the Mountain River Outdoors Store in the 1300 block of Seminole Trail Road around 4:00 a.m. While most were sleeping at the time, the shop owner was awake and running to the gun shop, thanks to a call from his alarm company telling him his store had been robbed. It took Ross Tierney twelve minutes to get to the store, but only seconds for police.

"It took police, from the time they got the call, it took them about 45 seconds," said Ross Tierney.

Still, while no one was there to see, someone cracked open a gun case and took off with 14 guns in just 4 minutes; but not before leaving a trail.

"I know that there was at least two. We have two different shoe prints, tennis shoe and boot prints, that were on the cases," said Tierney.

The missing guns are small, but semi-automatic. Most are 9 mm calibers, 38 mm specials, and 145 mm. In the hands of criminals, like the ones who stole from this gun shop, they can be dangerous.

"We certainly don't want people that are robbing to be armed, and that's unfortunately what is happening, so it's definitely a situation we didn't want to have," added Ross.

While Tierney has a security system, it did not prevent the robbers from breaking in. They were able to break-in through a steel door which leads him to believe his store was cased.

"For them to knock down the door, go directly to the gun department, and leave [in] under four minutes--I would say they would have had to case the place," said Tierney.

Ross Tierney's store had been robbed once before almost eight years ago, and those robbers were caught. This time, he hopes a reward of $6,000 set by the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms force will help catch these crooks.

Please call Crimestoppers at (434) 977-4000 with any information.

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