PALM BAY, Florida – The Palm Bay Police Department is seeking the identity of several burglars who targeted the Blue Diamond Pawn Shop on Sept. 11, during Hurricane Irma.
“They used this cover of the hurricane to break in,” Lt. Mike Bandish said. “The pawn shop had bars, alarms and video systems”
Bandish says 36 guns were taken, along with electronics and watches.
“They weren’t able to buy guns so they broke in and stole them so we want to get them off the street,” Bandish added. “If these individuals are apprehended and convicted, the judge can put enhanced penalties on their crimes since it happened during a state of emergency.”
Photos of the burglary show the men taking several shotguns from gun racks inside the Palm Bay store.
Anyone with information about the men in the photos is asked to call the Palm Bay Police Department at 321-952-2456. A cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.
Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.