EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The East Peoria Police Department is investigating a Christmas morning burglary at an area gun store.
The EPPD said officers responded to Midwest Firearms at 829 E Camp Street for a burglar alarm. When they arrived, they found the front door glass had been shattered and several handguns had been taken from the business.
“You don’t want the weapons in the wrong hands, we don’t want them just lying around, we don’t know where they went, we don’t know if the people are in the area, we don’t know if they’re from out of the area. Obviously, there’s an issue with gun violence, and we want to try to make sure everyone’s safe, including the citizens,” said Detective Sergeant Brian Despines.
Sergeant Despines says several firearms were taken from the shop but did not say how many.
“We’ve notified local agencies, made them aware of the situation so that they’re aware that those weapons are out there. The weapons have been entered within a national crime database for the leads purposes in case anyone runs across one, an officer in a traffic stop,” said Despines.
Police said the stolen guns were valued at more than $500.
If anyone has information related to the crime, they are encouraged to contact the EPPD at (309) 427-7704.