By RODNEY HART
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
WEST QUINCY, Mo. -- Nine handguns have been reported stolen following an early morning burglary Thursday at the West Quincy Pawn Shop on U.S. 24.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said an alarm sounded at the business at 8534 U.S. 24 about 1:15 a.m., and a single man is being sought.
"Any time you have this volume of handguns, those stolen handguns will end up on the street sooner or later and in the hands of the wrong person," Shinn said.
Video surveillance shows the man as being about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and white tennis shoes. Jewelry also was stolen from the business, Shinn said.
"The front window was broken, entry was gained and the same area was used to exit the building," Shinn said.
The suspect appeared to leave blood at the scene and may have minor cuts and abrasions on his hands and/or arms, the sheriff said. The suspect used an object to break the front glass and a glass case to get the weapons, but Shinn did not say what the object was.
Adams County Sheriff's deputies from Quincy, Ill., Initially responded to the call and are assisting in the investigation. Shinn says the nine handguns are semi-automatic weapons, and the burglary is a cause for concern.
"No. 1 is the safety and security of the communities," Shinn said. "I don't want to jump the gun and say it's an Illinois resident, but being that close to Quincy, that's where we are looking at."
Shinn said the suspect parked his vehicle in a nearby business lot, and interviews are being conducted to see if anybody saw the person before, during and after the burglary.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (888) 769-2077.