CHARLOTTE, North Carolina. – Would-be thieves have targeted Watchdog Tactical in North Charlotte. Gun shop owner Chris Lawhorne says he received a call from his alarm company around 11 p.m. Monday.
“I understand the company I work at, and I understand that criminals, you know, want to try to get guns any way,” Lawhorne says.
He rushed to his business on Old Statesville Road and found the glass front door shattered. He says surveillance video shows youths ramming two stolen cars into his shop and then driving off.
“Having to deal with this is super frustrating. As a business owner, it’s sad to see your hard work like this. But we are a good company; we are pushing hard and we will be back on our feet in no time.
Stolen guns on the street are a big problem in Charlotte. The CMPD says they are usually taken from cars. The ATF said Charlotte topped the list of gun recoveries in North Carolina last year, with nearly 3,000 guns seized. Watchdog Tactical is still waiting to get quotes for the damages, but Lawhorne expects them to be worth between $10-15,000.
“It takes pocket money from me. It takes food off my table and it affects my employees. It’s not going to be as fast as you get a raise now since we have to come out of pocket to repair the unwanted damage .
Lawhorne says the guns were locked away in safes, so the suspects did not flee with any guns.