Masked burglars stole firearms early Monday morning from Meaux Guns and Ammo, a store that replaced Red Jacket Firearms on Mammoth Avenue in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge police are trying to identify the people caught on security footage. They believe the burglars broke into the business and took an undisclosed amount of weapons about 1 a.m., spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said in a news release.
Red Jacket Firearms was the setting for the “Sons of Guns” reality television program. But the store’s name has changed since the fall, when former owner Will Hayden was accused of raping a child.
Current owner Joe Meaux said the business was re-branded in January, but Red Jacket Firearms is still in operation and sells merchandise at the store. Meaux is co-owner of Red Jacket.
Another gun store burglary took place in Baton Rouge almost exactly one month ago, when three masked men stole firearms from Bowie Outfitters on Perkins Road on June 9.
Police are uncertain whether the two crimes are connected, Coppola said. No arrests have been made in the Bowie burglary, but the surveillance footage from Meaux Guns and Ammo gives police a better chance at catching Monday’s burglars, he said.
The gun store was closed Monday for inventory and cleanup and was set to reopen Tuesday. Meaux said they have yet to determine how much was stolen because “things were picked up and moved around.” The business does not plan to disclose the number or monetary value of weapons taken.
Meaux and Coppola described the burglary as a forced entry but did not explain exactly how the burglars broke in.
Baton Rouge police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the incident.
“They’ve been a tremendous help,” Meaux said. “Criminals are criminals. You try to do what you can (to prevent this).”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Burglary Division at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.