As of June 2019, only 19 of the stolen guns have been recovered, court documents say.
In the first break-in at a gun shop, the men took 20 firearms, including a shotgun, after breaking the store’s glass door. Less than a week later, the men broke into a store in nearby Kentucky and stole 22 guns.
The two weren’t finished their string of gun heists yet. A week later, they broke into a third gun store, located in Ohio, and took 32 guns after smashing into a walled display cabinet. At that point, they’d stolen 74 guns.
With 55 stolen guns unaccounted for, prosecutors say the firearms “were likely sold to people who can’t buy guns legally.”
“We do not know where those weapons are, and we do not know how to retrieve them. Law enforcement can only play catch up, hoping by chance and circumstance to recover the guns before they are involved in other acts of violence,” said prosecutors.