AR Bunker Robbed But Undeterred

by Clay Neely


Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Volunteers help construct a new, heavy duty wall Sunday afternoon at The AR Bunker after thieves escaped with over $70,000 worth of guns after backing a stolen car through the front door of the store.

A local gun store was robbed early Sunday by three men in a suspected stolen vehicle who grabbed about 30 weapons before fleeing. The suspects are still at large.

“We’ve been on the phone all morning long,” said Lee Morris, co-owner and sales manager of The AR Bunker. “It was a disaster area when we got here. “

“We originally didn’t set out to do business today after getting the news but after being here for a few hours, we figured we might as well stay open to try and help make up for the losses.”

According to Morris, at 4:51 a.m., three men backed a stolen Honda Accord through the front door of The AR Bunker on Highway 34, snatched about 30 long guns and were in and out in 50 seconds.

“However, the Newnan Police Department was on scene within a minute and were ultimately only about 10 to 15 seconds behind the suspects who fled the scene in the stolen Honda, headed towards the Sygma Network facility, located at the end of Industrial Park,” said Morris.

“The suspects rammed the car through the first gate (at Sygma) but after they rammed through a second gate, the car got stuck so they fled the scene on foot, headed through the woods towards I-85,” said Morris. “The Coweta County Sheriffs Department has already recovered some of the guns that were left in the vehicle and then some that were found along the trail that was towards the interstate so we’re assuming they grabbed as many guns as they could when they jumped out of the car.”

“There might have been a vehicle waiting for them but we don’t know yet. The Coweta County Sheriffs Department is assuming the car was stolen since it was left running with no key in the ignition,” said Morris.

Investigators are still taking an inventory, but right now the estimated loss of inventory is $70,000, not including the structural damage to the building.

“We’ve been going all morning long; on the phone with ATF, insurance, the plaza owners and trying to figure where do we go from here,” said Morris. “We’ve never dealt with something this before. We’ve been here ten years. ATF has already sent an agent out who was really helpful.”

However, many friends of the store have been volunteering their time repairing the damaged facade of the store.

“Everyone has come down here and asking to help out. One of our part-time guys has a friend who is contractor who said “I’ll be there in half an hour” so we’re grateful for that,” said Morris. “Right now, we’re putting up really thick plywood and we’re kind of overbuilding a new wall,” said Morris.

Morris believes that AR Bunker will be open tomorrow morning as usual but stated that the store will have someone standing guard in the store tonight.

“It’s been a long day,” said Morris. “We’re still just trying to figure it all out.”

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