MARSHALL - Marshall Police responding to an alarm call at Borch's Sporting Goods on East College Drive at 2:41 a.m. on Wednesday found an undetermined number of firearms had been stolen, according to a department news release.
"All we know is they drove a car through the front door and stole some guns," Borch's owner Chad Wyffels said Wednesday morning.
The car was abandoned inside the store. Police confirmed the vehicle was stolen from Worthington.
Photo by Steve Browne
Thieves smashed through this glass case and stole an undetermined number of guns at Borch’s Sporting Goods in Marshall early Wednesday.
The glass of the handgun counter was smashed, but the number of guns taken had not been established as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Marshall Police Chief Rob Yant called Wednesday's break-in a "crime in progress." He said authorities are going on the assumption that more than one person was involved in the theft and that they weren't in the store for an extended period of time.
Yant said Wednesday afternoon there was nothing new to report on the case, saying only that the police department has contacted the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Yant said the vehicle used in the crime is being processed in Marshall.
"That's one of the things the BCA is working with us on," he said. "We had tried to get them to take it to the lab with their experts, but it's not high enough priority for them, so one of their investigators is working with us here. And there's coordination with the ATF because of the missing items being firearms."
Marshall Police request anyone who has any information in regard to this case call 507-537-7000.