GREENSBORO, N.C.-- The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) continues to investigate the theft of weapons taken from gun show vendors at the Greensboro Coliseum overnight Saturday.
Monday, detectives with GPD released a partial list of weapons stolen from the Greensboro Gun and Knife Show over the weekend. Security guards reported the breech early Sunday before the event opened to the public. Officers believe the weapons were taken between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
According to list provided by police, the following weapons were taken from two vendors who had stored their firearms in their rented booths overnight:
MAKE MODEL CALIBER QUANTITY
Taurus PT 738 .380 2
Taurus PT 709 9mm 3
Taurus M85 .38 Special 1
Taurus PT24/7C 9mm 1
Taurus TCP .380 1
Taurus Judge .45/.410 1
H&K P2000 .40 1
H&K P30 9mm 1
EAA Windicator .357 1
Ruger GP100 .44 Special 1
Ruger LC9 9mm 1
Para Ordnance .45 1
Walther PK380 .380 1
Sig Sauer P320 9mm 1
Sig Sauer P224 9mm 1
Sig Sauer P229 9mm 1
Sig Sauer P226 .40 1
Sig Sauer P226 9mm 1
Sig Sauer P220 .45 1
Heritage Rough Rider 22LR/22 1
Detectives are continuing to interview vendors to determine if additional items may have been reported stolen, but they estimate between 50 and 60 firearms were taken in total.
Captain Nathaniel Davis with the GPD Investigative Bureau says right now this theft is a top priority, due to its scope and nature.
"The last thing we need are more weapons, and high-powered weapons on the street," he said, "We do know this was a complicated situation that took place, to be able to get away with the number of weapons, and also the type of weapons."
Those who attended the show, and have attended many in the past, like Samantha Cherry, say this situation is uncommon.
"It was a surprise for all of us," she said, "Because it was like, wait, somebody stole how many guns? How do you get in and get out with that many guns, even if their handguns?"
Additionally, two rifles and one handgun taken during the heist were found in a brushy area on the Coliseum property. Each of the stolen weapons has been entered into a national data base to alert law enforcement officials of their theft.
The Coliseum Complex released this statement regarding the theft:
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has hosted the Greensboro Gun & Knife Show for 37 years. The theft that occurred early Sunday morning is the first and only incident of this nature in the event’s history at our facility and we will continue to assist the Greensboro Police Department in their investigation.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the key word badboyz. All calls to Crime stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000.