Center Mass Defense owner Faron Addis said handguns, shot guns and rifles were stolen last March from his on Hamilton Cleves Road shop in Butler County’s Ross Twp. at 1:45 a.m., owner Faron Addis said. FILE PHOTO

Gun store thefts: 5 times firearms retailers were targeted

The break-in reported Monday at a Miami Twp. gun dealer is the latest in a string of crimes involving area weapons suppliers.

Authorities said they are seeking suspects after they said one weapon was missing from the Miami Armory on Kingsridge Drive after a front window was found smashed Monday morning after an alarm was set off around 6:30 a.m.

It is among at least a handful of break-ins or robberies at southwest Ohio gun dealers that have been reported, are being - or have been – prosecuted since August 2016. They include:

The thieves stole four to six guns — hand guns, shot guns and rifles — and fired three to five rounds with their shotguns inside the shop, damaging the glass showcases and some weapons in the store, he said. Addis estimated the value of the guns and damage to the inside of the business at $4,000 to $5,000.

Hanson faces eight counts, including grand theft, breaking and entering, and attempted grand theft. Warden is accused of three felonies, including grand theft, and breaking and entering. Both cases are set for trial in March.