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Teen arrested in burglary at Dragonman gun range

August 29, 2017 Updated: August 30, 2017 at 8:41 am
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Camron Specht, 18, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and has federal charges pending, said Lisa Meiman, spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (Courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff's Office)

One suspect was in custody Tuesday in the weapons burglary at the Dragonman's shooting range and paintball park.

Camron Specht, 18, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and has federal charges pending, said Lisa Meiman, spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Federal charges were pending on another suspect, too, Meiman said, but she declined to say who or whether that person had been arrested.

Burglars broke into the giant Dragonman gun store, east of Colorado Springs off Colorado 94, on Sunday evening, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported.

They went through fields around the front gate and used one of the business' own Dodge Power Wagons to ram the gate and garage door leading to Mel Bernstein's assortment of weaponry. The burglars got away with 66 handguns and rifles as well as machine guns, worth about $60,000, Bernstein said.

Meiman said "most of the firearms had been recovered," including one machine gun. She said only one machine gun had been stolen, contradicting Bernstein's account.

Bernstein has a federal license to sell fully automatic weapons.

Bernstein and his daughter Melissa Flanell said the burglary was an inside job by hired help who cut grass from them on and off for five years. Flanell said her father had done the burglars many favors. Bernstein said the burglars knew his schedule and therefore knew when he'd leave for dinner which is when the incident happened Sunday.

"They take advantage of you," Bernstein said.

Flanell said the store will be more careful in choosing who they allow to help them.

The robbery happened despite the numerous signs placed along Dragonman Drive, the road leading to the store, warning intruders against trespassing and frequently citing Colorado's "Make My Day Law." Bernstein, who boasts 2,000 to 2,500 guns in stock including 200 machine guns, said he can only do so much to prevent theft.

He said the new gate leading to the garage door will be thicker and heavier than before.

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