Police are hoping to identify the people who tried to break into the North Charlotte Armory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are hoping to identify people who attempted to break into a north Charlotte gun shop last month.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. on Monday June 13 at The Gun Outlet on N. Tryon Street. Police said several people tried to break into the business.

“One suspect threw a large rock at the door, breaking the door and the second suspect reached out and attempted to unlock the door,” explained CMPD Crime Stoppers Detective Rick Smith.

Surveillance footage shows a group of people walking past the business. Another excerpt from the footage then shows a man repeatedly throwing an object at the front door. The video shows the glass door crack when hit by the object.

Smith said that while the efforts to break into the company were destructive, they ultimately failed.

“Luckily they couldn’t get in and no one was hurt, no injuries, no employees inside,” the detective said. “If they had entered, there would be even more missing weapons floating in the street.”

Smith said it’s not uncommon for people to engage in criminal activity early in the morning.

“It was still dark. The area was pretty clear so it was a pretty opportune time,” Smith said.

He explained that although the individuals failed to enter the armory, he still wants to identify and find them before they have a chance to try to make their way into another business.

“We believe they live in the area. They seemed to have come on foot,” Smith said. “We ask that you take a look at these guys and if you recognize them give us a call.”

Anyone with information about the attempted break-in is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters can remain anonymous and they can receive a cash reward if they have information that leads to an arrest. Community members can also submit crime tips through the P3 Tips app.

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Luz W. German