New details emerge from the "Great Texas Gun Company" store theft

POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 3:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

BRAZOS COUNTY -- It's been two months since the Great Texas Gun Company off Highway 21 in Bryan was broken into and robbed.

Since then sheriff deputies have been investigating the burglary and now new details are emerging that might help crack the case.

In less than two minutes up to five men got away with 80 guns and while the crime was caught on surveillance video, the case has remained cold until now.

"There was an arrest made in Reno, Nevada at the Circus-Circus Casino," said Sheriff Chris Kirk. "The suspect under arrest actually was in possession of one of the fire arms that was stolen at the Great Texas Gun Company."

Which means, just 18 days after the theft happened, one of the stolen guns traveled more than 1,800 miles across the U.S. and found itself in the possession of 27-year-old Mark Mechikoff.

"People that can't acquire guns legally, you know, have to find their guns and unfortunately this one found its way in the hands of a dangerous felon and that's very very concerning," Kirk said.

Now the question is, was Mechikoff one of the men who broke into the store?

And if he wasn't, how did he manage to get a hold of the weapon in such a short amount of time?

"The crime itself was well planned and then you know the disappearance of those weapons and one showing up that far away indicates that there is a sophistication of level to their organization."

Deputies are in Nevada now working with ATF agents and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office to follow up on the investigation.

The ATF is offering a five thousand dollar reward for any information and Sheriff Kirk says he hopes this break in the case will lead to more answers.

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