POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a series of early morning business burglaries in Broward County.
Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said the burglaries happened Friday at Orchard Supply Hardware, 15900 State Road 84, in Sunrise, a Chevron gas station, 17990 State Road 84, in Weston, the National Armory, 1315 SW First Court, and TNT Firearms, 2101 NW 33rd St., both in Pompano Beach.
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Surveillance video from TNT Firearms showed three to four people get out of an SUV and appear to throw something at the door.
Oglesby said a perimeter was established at 100 NW 27th Ave. to search for the suspects. She said guns were recovered.
Residents who live in one of the apartments told Local 10 News that deputies stormed their home and forced them outside. They said three family members, ages 26, 18 and 14, were taken into custody.
Gary Lampert, owner of the National Armory gun shop and range, said he received an early morning wake-up call from deputies about a burglary at his business.
"I think they thought they could get into the gun store through that office, and they can't get into the cage where the guns are kept," Lampert said.
Lampert keeps his merchandise behind metal bars, reinforced walls and razor wire.
These firearms and other items were seized Friday during a burglary investigation.
Spark plugs were used to break through the now boarded-up windows.
Lampert said a nearby deputy spotted the suspects leaving in an SUV.
An SUV was later towed away from Northwest First Court.
Oglesby said the investigation is ongoing.
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