COLUMBIA — A fifth man was arrested in connection with the March 5 burglary of Hardt’s Used Furniture, where police said he used to work.
At least two of the men broke into the furniture store and stole an antique firearm and other items to be sold at a pawn shop, said Jessie Haden, the public information officer for the Columbia Police Department.
Police believe Shannon Gunn, 29, of Columbia, helped plan the burglary and drove at least two other men to the furniture store, where he was a former employee. He was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary.
The stolen antique handgun was later used in the two armed robberies of Range Line Liquor and Dreams Smoke Shop, and it was seen on surveillance footage, which helped investigators connect the burglary with the two robberies, police said.
Four other men were arrested March 24 in connection with the incidents:
- Diego Camargo, 18, of Columbia, on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary
- Zachary Davis, 23, of Brunswick, on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery and a warrant for a parole violation
- John Gunn, 51, of Columbia, on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery and hindering prosecution
- Kyle Gunn, 17, of Columbia, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary
John Gunn is the father of Kyle Gunn and a close relative of Shannon Gunn, Haden said.
Police suspect Camargo and Kyle Gunn committed the burglary at Hardt’s Used Furniture and were present when Davis robbed the liquor store and smoke shop. They also believe John Gunn planned all three crimes.
Shannon Gunn is accused of assisting John Gunn in coordinating the burglary at the furniture store.