Federal and local investigators descended on the Cabela's in Hazelwood after they said someone stole about a dozen firearms. Police said the two suspects are still on the loose, each carrying a stolen rifle.
Major Ken Jewson said the Cabela's security alarm sounded just after 3 Friday morning. The suspects broke the front door glass, lifted the metal security gate, then smashed the glass on the locked firearms cases.
The men were caught on surveillance. Hazelwood police just sent out the still images of the suspects, wearing dark colored hoodies and jeans, running through the store.
By the time police arrived at the scene, the suspects had loaded up a stolen U-Haul with eight rifles, including AR 15s and AK47s, and 3 semi-automatic hand guns.
They tried to speed away in the U-Haul, but it got stuck on a median in the Cabelas parking lot. The armed men left the U-Haul and ran into a nearby field.
Police set up a perimeter. A helicopter and police dogs assisted with the search which lasted until around 8 this morning.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering rewards in this case. ATF are both offering $2,500 rewards for a possible reward of $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-283-4867.