By CBS Baltimore Staff

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland State Police are investigating a pawn shop robbery resulting in the theft of 23 weapons early Wednesday morning.

The robbery occurred about 5:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Pulaski Highway, according to Maryland State Police.

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Preliminary reports find that multiple suspects drove a stolen vehicle through the front door of the pawn shop.

“Multiple suspects utilized a vehicle to drive through the front door of the business,” said Ron Snyder, Maryland State Police spokesperson.

The suspects then entered the shop, broke the glass gun case storage and stole 23 weapons.

“These individuals left the scene with nearly two dozen weapons and it’s a very serious offense,” said Snyder.

The burglars fled the scene in two unidentified vehicles, police say.

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Officers are still canvassing the area as detectives from Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division begin an investigation into the burglary.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division is also investigating.

“ATF Special Agents responded to the scene that morning and began investigating. We are continuing to work the investigation with Maryland State Police,” said Amanda Hils, a spokesperson for the ATF Baltimore Field Division.

“I think for us here in the neighborhood, it’s just really very unnerving and I think these are crazy times,” said Heather Deno, a business owner who works across the street from the pawn shop.

In recent months, suspects have stolen several ATM machines across the Baltimore area by ramming a vehicle through a store then taking the machine. State police do not know if the incident at the pawn shop is connected to those thefts.

“We’re obviously aware of the recent trends involving atm machines in the area it’s too early to tell if this is connected to those in any way shape or form,” said Snyder.

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Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Bel Air Barrack at 410-879-2101.

CBS Baltimore Staff