For the second time in two days, a gun shop in the Janesville area has been burglarized.
Janesville police officers responded to an alarm at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday at CTR Firearms at 3025 Woodlane Drive, said Janesville police Lt. Terry Sheridan.
Officers arrived “within minutes,” according to a police news release, but the burglars had fled.
The burglars had left with a small amount of cash from the register, but they took no guns, Sheridan said.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, is investigating a burglary to Armageddon Supplies gun shop just outside the city Monday night, when burglars got away with seven firearms.
A gun shop in Oregon was also burglarized Tuesday night, Sheridan said. Investigators from all three jurisdictions plan to meet today to compare notes, Sheridan said.
At CTR Firearms, burglars broke a window in a door to gain access.
“The store is almost one giant vault. It’s super secure inside, so all the guns were locked in the vault area and couldn’t be accessed by the burglars,” Sheridan said.
Surveillance video shows three men, probably in their late teens or early 20s, Sheridan said.
The burglaries came around the same time as the trial of Joseph Jakubowski in Rock County Court. Jakubowski burglarized Armageddon Supplies April 4, also breaking a glass window in a door to gain entry.
Armageddon and CTR are both located near Highway 14, about three miles apart.
One person broke a window at Armageddon and took seven handguns before leaving with at least one other person in a light-colored minivan, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The incidents could be coincidental, Sheridan said, adding: “At this point, we have no theory on why that’s happening or any reason to believe it’s linked to Jakubowski at all.”
Several gun shop burglaries were reported in late December and in early to mid January in Belvidere and Loves Park, Illinois, according to news reports.
In one of those Illinois cases, three suspects were sought. In another case, police took a 17-year-old boy into custody.
A state Assembly representative, meanwhile, is touting a bill that would set security standards for gun shops.
Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, cites the Jakubowski burglary and the recent ones in Oregon and Janesville in a letter in which she requests a committee hearing on the bill, AB 728.
Subeck says her bill would require that when a gun store is unattended, guns be stored in a safe; in a locked, steel gun cabinet; or on a hardened steel rod or cable that runs through the trigger guards.
Some of the guns Jakubowski took were secured with a cable and locks, but Jakubowski was able to pull the guns off the wall as the wall anchors gave way.
Subeck said her bill states the rods or cables “be anchored in a manner to prevent its removal.”
Subeck said she talked to law enforcement and shop owners in crafting the bill.