VAIL, Iowa -- Authorities are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing approximately 40 guns from a dealer in Crawford County, Iowa.I know, I know, only the thief is responsible for stealing something. You can never blame the victim. But let me ask you this, all you individual-responsibility guys, all you don't-blame-the-victim guys. If you owned a gun shop, do you think it would be very difficult to render the "vent in the back" of the building inaccessible from the outside? I'd say it wouldn't take much to do that, not much brainpower to think of it and not much labor to do it. I'd go so far as to say, a gun store owner has a responsibility to do exactly that. We're not talking about international master thieves like you see in the movies. These are local hoodlums trying to make an easy buck. How hard would it be to prevent them?
Crawford County Sheriff James R. Steinkuehler said the guns were stolen during a burglary some time between 3 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday at Pete's Gun Shop in Vail, a city about 10 miles northeast of Denison.
Officials believe the suspect or suspects entered the business through a vent in the back of the building.
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