CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Guns were stolen from a business early on Friday morning, August 7.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, multiple suspects entered JSE Surplus on State Highway 74, west of Cape Girardeau, around 5:30 a.m. while the business was closed.
The owner of JSE Surplus said she heard a door slam early on Friday morning and that’s how she learned three people had broken into her business. The owner, who did not want to be named due to safety concerns, said she grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and fired three rounds at the suspects as they tried to get away.
She said the suspects grabbed 14 long rifles, but dropped all but two of them once she started shooting.
Deputies say the suspects ran from the building, dropping most of the guns, but still getting away with several. They were last seen heading west on State Highway 74 going toward Dutchtown.
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson said business owners have the right to protect their property.
“Well, like I said, business owners are going to take care of themselves as much as anything and you know they are going to stand up for what they have because they’ve worked hard for what they have and they have a right to protect their business,” she said.
The owner said the business is equipped with alarms and security cameras.
Sheriff Dickers said it’s not clear if any of the suspects were hurt.
The ATF is assisting with the investigation.