Suspects in gun theft captured in Fort Pierce

JAN. 30, 2020 | 1:30 P.M . | PORT ST. LUCIE–Officers from Port St. Lucie Police, Fort Pierce Police and deputies from St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven suspects in an early morning burglary of the Bass Pro Shop on Gatlin Boulevard.

Police went to the Bass Pro Shop located at 2250 SW Gatlin at about midnight because of reports of a burglary to the business. Police learned a good Samaritan who was parked in the parking lot of the business called 911 to saying he observed a small U-Haul box truck back into the Bass Pro Shop and shatter the glass doors.

A group of more than six suspects entered the business and began loading rifles and handguns into the truck. The suspects fled the area with the U-Haul roll-up door wide open, and a Port St. Lucie Police officer saw the truck northbound on Interstate 95 and requested the assistance of additional officers for a traffic stop. St Lucie  County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with PSL Officers as the U-Haul truck was entering Fort Pierce at  Midway Rd and they managed to stop the U-Haul truck. The suspects took off running, however, they were all apprehended with the assistance of SLC Air Unit, deputies, and K-9s.

Seven male suspects were arrested of which four were transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries (two with K-9 bites) and released a few hours later and transported to St Lucie County Jail. A total of 12 rifles were stolen and recovered in addition to two hard rubber training handguns. One male suspect is still at large.

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