Fairfax County police say they are investigating the theft of 35 firearms--nearly three dozen--from a gun store located at 13930 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly.
Officers said they responded to “50 West Armory” early Saturday morning for a commercial burglary alarm.
Although a variety of firearms can be seen in store photos, police say they believe that only handguns were stolen.
Suspects can be seen in a video surveillance photo carrying what appears to be a large plastic tub out of the store with no stocks or barrels sticking out, which would support that assertion.
Store representatives said on social media that "everything that was taken has a serial number and has been reported to the appropriate departments." They also indicated that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is also involved in the investigation.
The suspects are described by FCPD as follows:
Suspect 1: Black male, about 22 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, and approximately 190 to 210 pounds. He had dreadlocks and was wearing a dark blue jacket.
Suspect 2: Black male, about 18 to 22 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, and approximately 165 to 185 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket with a silver stripe down the sleeves, jeans, black shoes, and light colored gloves.
Suspect 3: Black male, about 18 to 22 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, and approximately 150 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, black shoes, and light colored gloves.
Police say they are also not ruling out the possibility that this case may be related to multiple guns that were stolen from the United Gun Shop at 5465 Randolph Rd. in Rockville, Md. two days earlier on March 9.
"We are investigating the possibility," said FCPD spokesperson Tawny Wright.
At least two suspects are believed to be involved in the Rockbridge case, according to Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks.
Starks said that in that burglary, a number of handguns as well as "long guns" were stolen. As in the Chantilly store burglary, suspects were also caught on surveillance cameras.
Police are asking anyone with information concerning the Chantilly incident to contact FCPD Detective Song at 703-591-0966.