Rifle, boxes of ammunition stolen from Newport News firearms store

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Police are investigating an early-morning burglary at the Tacticool Firearms store.

Police say they responded to the store in the 9900 block of Warwick Boulevard at 3:51 a.m. for a burglary alarm.

When officers arrived, they found that the front window was shattered and the glass in the front door was broken out. There were several large pieces of broken concrete both inside and outside the front of the store.

Officers discovered that a .30-06 rifle was taken from the store as well as three boxes of ammunition.

"It's like a sniper rifle if you had to use it from a military standpoint, or a long-range hunting rifle," says Travis King, owner of Tacticool Firearms. "It's not something someone could take to the street and use against a general citizen."

Police say not even an hour later, at 4:40 a.m., officers responded to Modern Paladin Firearms located in the 1800 block of Canon Boulevard for a burglary alarm.

The front door glass to the building was shattered.

Officers found that a rock was thrown through the glass, but a check of the building revealed that nothing was taken, but there were no firearms in the building at the time of the break-in.

Officer Brandon Maynard tells News 3 that it appears the two incidents are connected.

Both investigations are on-going.

Anyone with information should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.