THIEVES have stolen two guns which are said to be “deadly in the wrong hands”.
Concerned owner Jef Johnson described his fear for the community after the “high powered” air rifles were snatched from his business in Connah’s Quay.
Mr Johnson, who is part of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), said the guns are gas powered, and if someone was to unscrew the pressure cap on the weapon it could ‘blow their head off’.
His premises, Jef’s Lawnmowers on Dock Road, was targeted at about 6.40pm on Saturday, and Mr Johnson said CCTV footage shows “teenagers” breaking in.
North Wales Police said the two stolen rifles are “not high powered”, adding “no one is at risk”, but Mr Johnson insisted they could be lethal in amateur hands.
He said: “The guns are deadly in the wrong hands.
“They are worth about £400 each, but I’m not concerned about the value.
“I’m mostly concerned because there are young teenagers with these guns.
“I’m concerned that the people who have stolen them could hurt themselves or hurt someone else.”
He said the guns are specialised guns which operate under high air pressure. He added: “If the screw on the pressure cap is taken off it could blow someone's head off.”
The thieves climbed over razor-sharp barb wire fencing to enter the industrial yard, via the train tracks which run behind the property.
He said thieves used a steel bar and a shovel to prize the garage-like door open.
Thousands of pounds worth of tools were left untouched, but Mr Johnson said he is concerned his business may now become a regular target for thieves.
“I feel sick thinking that someone is going to come back and break in every night,” he said.
“They might have thought to come back and get all the tools.”
He added: “It is going to cost me about two or three hundred pounds to fix the door.”
Mr Johnson, who has been at his premises for five years, said he was licensed to use the guns at the property for pest control duty due to the large amount of rats in the area.