Knoxville business owner suffers financial loss from burglary

New Knoxville business owner suffers financial loss from Thanksgiving burglary

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Guardian Armory on North Seven Oaks Drive was burglarized around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Guardian Armory on North Seven Oaks Drive was burglarized around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Knoxville Police Department said a suspect or suspects got away with 27 weapons. The Knoxville Police Department said a suspect or suspects got away with 27 weapons.
"I have eight children, and when you start thinking of the impact on them on Christmas, it represents a significant loss for all of us," owner Tim Smith said. "I have eight children, and when you start thinking of the impact on them on Christmas, it represents a significant loss for all of us," owner Tim Smith said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The owner of a new armory store, which hasn't even officially opened yet, is coping with the financial loss from a break-in early Thanksgiving morning.

Tim Smith owns Guardian Armory on North Seven Oaks Drive, which was burglarized around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Knoxville Police Department said a suspect or suspects got away with 27 weapons; 24 were reported as handguns and three were reported as long guns, meaning a shotgun or a rifle.

"You find one of your worst nightmares to come true," Smith said. "They had busted in the front window, the glass and squeezed through steel bars."

A cardboard box covered the shattered window at the store on Monday.

Smith said he only moved into the location several weeks ago.

"Our goal was to have an official grand opening, certainly this week or first of next week," Smith said.

That burglary has pushed that open date back, though Smith is hoping to open soon.

Smith said the loss of potential sales and inventory is a major financial setback for his family-run business.

"I have eight children, and when you start thinking of the impact on them on Christmas, it represents a significant loss for all of us," Smith said.

Smith said the break-in was a wake up call, leading him to take new precautions to secure his new business.

"We'll have to go ahead and start effective immediately keeping a guard on the premise at all times," Smith said.

KPD said it is continuing to search for leads in the case as the investigation is ongoing.

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