Burglars took two computers, a postage scale and a handgun from Avery and Co., an accounting firm at 30001 S. Mount Vernon last Thursday.
Sheriff’s deputies said the suspect apparently entered through a ground-floor window that may have been unlocked.
A second burglary occurred the same day on the second floor of the same building. Two laptop computers and a printer were taken, deputies said.
Burglars party before taking guns
Burglars appeared to have a party on a patio before making off with 45 guns and other items from a home in the 3000 block of North Christensen Road.
Sheriff’s deputies report the value of the stolen guns at about $21,000.
The break-in occurred between June 9 and June 15, deputies said.
The victim told deputies he arrived home to find his garage and every room in his house ransacked. Food was missing from his refrigerator, and empty wine cooler bottles were thrown on the lawn, said police.
The victim reported that holes had been punched in downstairs rooms’ walls, which also had been spray-painted with profanities.
Damage to the home is estimated at $5,000.
Missing are several rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, 23 semiautomatic guns and revolvers, 17 rifles and five shotguns. Detectives were searching the home for fingerprints, said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan.
Anyone with information is advised to call Crime Check at 456-2233. Calls will be kept anonymous.
Bullet fired into house
Police investigated a drive-by shooting at a South Hill residence early last Thursday morning.
The resident of the home on West 25th Avenue called police just after midnight to report a series of shots fired from a passing vehicle. A neighbor reported hearing five shots, police spokesman Dick Cottam said.
Police said one round hit a car parked in front of the house. Another round hit the house and a slug was recovered from inside, Cottam said.
No one was injured in the shooting, which police suspect was gang related, Cottam said.