At Bachelder Master Gunmakers in Grand Rapids, would-be thieves face many hurdles: bars on all doors and windows, motion sensors and a safe that holds all handguns after hours. That’s unlike many other shops, where handguns, the targets of thieves, are stored in glass display cases. “The more measures a shop like this takes, the safer the community’s going to stay,” said Bachelder Operations Specialist Jake Lowing, who wonders why other shops don’t take the same precautions. “You know, I couldn’t speculate on that, in all honesty,” Lowing said. Police are asking gun shop owners to tighten security after thieves got away with handguns from four West Michigan shops in less than a week. “Lock down that weapon completely,” Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young urged. “You won’t have it ripped off. It’s as easy as that. If you had a safe, you’re not going to lose anything.” Thieves hit Barracks 616 in Cascade Township early Wednesday, getting away with 23 handguns. Then on Sunday, between 2:30 and 5 a.m., thieves hit three more times. They took five guns from Armory Valentine in Kentwood. They made off with an unknown number of weapons from Imperial Gunworx in Sparta and then Long Range Archery and Firearms in Holland Township. [full article]
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