Teen arrested in theft of 30 guns from local shooting academy

Investigators identified one of the suspects in the break-in as Esteban Allan Aguilar, 18 (left). He was in custody Monday in Terry County. Surveillance cameras captured the burglars in the act. (Temple Police Dept. photos)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Esteban Allan Aguilar, 18, was in custody Monday in connection with the theft of more than 30 firearms from a shooting academy in Temple.

Aguilar was held without bond in the Terry County Jail in Brownfield in lieu of bonds totaling $35,000 charged with burglary of a building, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and failure to identify, according to online records.

He was arrested Friday night.

On May 7 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered a reward of as much as $5,000 information leading to the identification of the burglars who broke into the Hawkeye Shooting Academy in April in Temple and stole 30 firearms from display racks.

“Recovering these firearms quickly before additional crimes are committed remains a top priority for ATF,” said Fred Milanowski, ATF Houston Field Division special agent in charge.

The theft occurred late on the night of April 5 or early in the morning on April 6 at the indoor shooting range at 119 North 19th St. in Temple.

Investigators identified Aguilar as one of the suspects.

He was named in an arrest warrant issued on April 30.

They think he’s among at least three suspects, all males in their late teens, who broke into the academy.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS.

In November 2019, the ATF offered a reward of as much as $10,000 for information leading to an arrest after a brazen daylight robbery at a pawnshop in Harker Heights.

Three armed men walked into the Pawn Palace in the 100 Block of East Central Texas Expressway at around 3 p.m. on Nov.16, threatened employees, smashed display cases and escaped with 29 guns.

Tips may also be submitted online.