MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Mobile Police arrested five people and recovered 20 stolen guns off the streets, including seven guns recovered from a burglary last month at Corey's Pawn & Gun.

A juvenile -- found in possession of one of the guns -- was also among the suspects arrested:

Patrick Orange, 28

Jarvis Miller, 25

Quincy Davis, Jr., 21

LeMyron Vail, 19

17-year-old Juvenile

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste calling it a huge success in the fight against gun trafficking n the Port City. 

"This is the result of good police work and lots of investigation. Anytime you have stolen guns on the streets they fall into the wrong hands and crimes are committed. Getting one of these guns off the streets can potentially save a life. And that's what we are working to do get the guns off the streets and save lives," said Chief Battiste.

FOX 10 News featured surveillance video from Corey's Pawn & Gun last month of an overnight burglary caught on camera. It happened on November 8, around 1:30 a.m. The suspects broke into the store, smashed the glass cases the guns were in and began loading up. According to investigators the thieves stole 30 guns.

"To be able to make this recovery is significant. It puts the bad guys on notice that we are out there and we are looking," said Chief Battiste. "The assault weapons in particular create a bigger danger -- a greater danger to our officers, and our community as a whole."

Chief Battiste says even more disturbing -- a bullet proof vest also found among the stolen guns.

"Not only are they arming themselves but they are also preparing themselves for battle by putting on these vests. We have people in our community who are planning to take on other gun fighters or possibly take on law enforcement," said Chief Battiste.

Corey's Pawn & Gun applauding MPD for a job well done.

"We're tickled to death, especially with the speed in which it was done because most of the time you don't see them... You don't get them back. So we are very pleased with that," said Mack Mason, Corey's Pawn & Gun.

Among the other guns, two reported stolen out of Mobile and one from Florida. Investigators are still trying to track the others.

"This is a victory for the citizens of Mobile and Mobile Police Department and we are going to continue to be vigilant and get more of these guns off the streets," said Chief Battiste.

All five suspects will face felony charges. It's a result of a new law Battiste and Pubilc Safety Director James Barber were instrumental in getting state lawmakers to pass -- making it a felony to be in possession of a stolen firearm.

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