October 17th, 2012 – Criminals removed the locks on the metal gates at “Armeria Polini”, in downtown San Jose, entered the gun shop and stole 80 firearms as well as magazines and ammunition, and fled after replacing the locks.
Authorities have not yet determined how and when the burglary occurred, and how the thieves obtained the master key to the store’s locks, located in front of the Cristal building on 1st Avenue and 1st street, in San Jose.
The manager, identified by the last name Trejos, notified police of the situation yesterday around 10 a.m. after opening the gates and noticing that the lock on the main glass door had been forced.
Trejos said that upon entering the store, he realized that several other internal doors had been forced, and dozens of firearms from the display shelves had been removed, as well as a large amount of ammunition.
Preliminary reports stated that among the stolen firearms are 86 nine-millimeter handguns, an unknown amount of ammunition, and magazines.
Marco Barrera, chief of Fuerza Publica in El Carmen, said that the number of those involved in the burglary is yet unknown, and that there was no one inside the store at the time of the burglary.
“The store has a private security monitoring system, however, when we checked, we noticed that it had been disarmed. The storage room had also been forced. The type of locks on the metallic gates are special and can only be opened with a master key,“ added Barrera.
Alvaro Ramos, ex-minister of Security, said that 9mm handguns are popular targets for theft by criminals.
9mm ammunition is very common and easy to find. 9mm pistols in the legal market can range anywhere from $400- $1,000.
On January 30th, criminals broke into a storage unit, property of the Costa Rican Transit Police, and stole 215 Glock-brand 9mm handguns. 78 of these have been recovered, and 137 are still missing.