Burglary of Denison pawn shop

By: Nicolette Schleisman Email
By: Nicolette Schleisman Email

DENISON, TX -- Approximately 30 stolen guns are in the hands of thieves who hit up a Texoma pawn shop overnight.

Denison Police say they got the call of a break in at J&S Pawn Shop at around 7 Thursday morning. When they got there they found a hole in the wall and thousands of dollars in guns and jewelry missing.

The burglars broke into J and S Pawn Shop between 5 and 6:45 Thursday morning. Squeezing in through a hole in a brick wall at the back of the shop, then pulling the electric meter box to cut power.

Denison Police Lieutenant Mike Eppler says they're making this investigation a priority. Because having more than 30 guns out on the streets of Texoma has the potential to be dangerous.

"Having the serial numbers and the make and model is also very important and we can get those into the national databases," said Lieutenant Eppler.

Police believe there may be more than one person is behind the heist, and possibly other crimes in the area with similar M.O.'s.

Sherman Police say they worked several break-ins this past weekend. 4 different stores had their electric meter boxes pulled within a few hours of each other.

"We did get some information that possibly in other cities there have been similar type burglaries, so we're certainly looking into information they may have to help us," said Lieutenant Eppler.

More than $20,000 worth of items were stolen. But J&S owner, Jason Basserman wants his customers to know that they're taking care of it and their customers will be notified.

"Whatever they had in here is fully insured and whatever, whatever needs to be done, we'll take care of it," said Basserman.


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  • by Alan on Jul 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    BFD One less business to fence stolen property, pawn shops are nothing but scum!!!!!!!!!
  • by Chris Location: Pboro on Jun 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    Chumley did it!!!
  • by The Goat Whisperer Location: Sherman on Jun 30, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    If the alarm fails, a random chain of bear traps set in the store would surely work. Right? Now there's extra guns in the hands of chach bags that have super powers and can punch through a brick wall.
  • by slim jim Location: texas on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:01 PM
    the real theives are the pawn shops,a hole 50 dallors in junk was taken thats probably all they gave on pawn for the stuff,taking advantage of some peoples hard times,yea i know alot that pawn just want some dope,but there are alot just trying to pay bills too,and usually dont ever get enough to do it,they pawn something worth 1000 dollars and only get75.oo,and the shops know its worth more by far.
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      by Henry on Jul 2, 2012 at 05:34 PM in reply to slim jim
      Here's an idea, if you don't like what a pawn shop pays for something then don't go there. I'm sure you can run an add in craigslist and get exactly what you think its worth Ace. It's not really a pawn shops business to help you make ends meet. Maybe you should open a pawn shop and show 'em how to run a pawn business.
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      by Really? on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to slim jim
      Let me break this down into simple terms that you can comprehend. A pawn shop is there to loan people money. They don't give them $1000 if thats what it's worth. they loan a small amount and expect to get paid back. If they don't get paid, that property is at that point belongs to them and they can sell it for it's value. If someone wants to sell something to the pawn shop, they still don't give them the full $1000 because they have to make a profit when they resale it or they can't afford to run a business to help people to pay bills. Before you post a dumb comment do some research on the topic and know what you are talking about. You just make it evident that you are uneducated about the topic when you post something like this.
  • by denison cops are in it Location: south dallas on Jun 29, 2012 at 04:15 PM
    this is even a waste to talk about. in 6mo your gonna hear remember in june we brought u a story about some guns a pawn shop and a hole..here is the latest... one gun was recovered after a body was found....i mean no point
  • by Albert P. Fuddlepucker on Jun 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    Heres our first clue.... "Squeezing in through a hole in a brick wall at the back of the shop" Guess we'd better be on the lookout for "fat" burglars.
  • by Joe Location: Ambrose on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    Pawn Shop owners are just one small step above thieves.
  • by bubba on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    guess we just gonna have to outlaw all guns...goes if no guns no crime,right?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 at 05:27 PM in reply to bubba
      Here's a genius
  • by Bobba Location: Ambrose on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Michael,

    So what u are saying is that the criminals couldn't use the guns without the firing pins? Because we all know it's a very complicated process to replace them...
  • by whoelse on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    It was Eric Holder, they are all exempt of our laws
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