MILLINGTON, Tenn. — After burglars broke into Top Brass Sports, a lot of people said they were bold. The gun store is on a very busy street and right next door to a fire station.
None of that stopped two men determined to break into the Millington sporting store on Navy Road, a store that also sells rifles and handguns.
“One of the suspects was a lookout. They threw a brick through the front glass. Actually, it was a big cinder-block-type brick,” said Millington Police Inspector Charles Coleman.
Once inside, they had access to a cache of weapons. It didn’t take long to lift eight handguns and four rifles.
Witnesses heard the alarm.
“They heard the noise, saw them go in and said they were in there less than a minute. Came back out and took off running,” said Coleman.
They got away, but police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department began searching Millington and North Shelby County.
A tip led them to a 17-year-old, who was arrested in Northaven.
“He was at house and I think four of the weapons were recovered at his house,” said Coleman.
They were also led to 20-year-old Derreco Allen, who is still out there and wanted on four other warrants.
People know the potential danger.
“It’s not the gun, it’s the person carrying the gun and unless they are persuaded not to harm someone, then that is the danger,” said Millington business owner John Jones.
“This area just never had anything like that happen before. I have been here 11 years and can’t recall anyone getting burglarized,” said Millington business owner Vincent Johnson.
Others now know that a busy street is not necessarily a deterrent for crime.
If you know anything about the break-in at Top Brass Sports in Millington, call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH or Millington police at 901-872-3333.