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MERRIAM, Kan. — The search is on for a thief who stole thousands of dollars worth of guns from an area business early Thursday morning.

The owners of Merriam’s Signature Manufacturing, off 67th Street and I-35, are in the process of cleaning up the damage and trying to determine exactly how many guns were stolen from their business that sells tactical rifles and pistols.

Merriam police say the owners are in the process of moving to a new location and already removed many of their guns from this site, but they still had some guns inside the industrial building.

According to police, around 2 a.m. a building alarm went off. An officer arrived within minutes and saw the front glass door smashed in, but the suspect was gone. Police say whoever did it ran in, grabbed several guns and quickly took off.

The owner believes this might be an inside job.

“Looks like someone busted in and knew exactly how to do it, knew exactly where stuff was,” owner Mike Everhart said. “We were in the process of moving to a new location, and this is the only night when our product wasn’t in the safe because our safe is so large it has to be moved by heavy equipment.”

Police say the value of the guns stolen is somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000.

“We have an alarm system, we have bars on the door, we have a safe, we even have cameras in the portion of the public visits,” Everhart added. “Again, there’s no way that somebody just walking by could’ve known those guns were in there.”

If you have any information about who broke into this business and stole these guns, you are asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.