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havasu 08-30-2011 05:40 AM

Drive thru gun store failure
CERRITOS, Calif. (KABC) -- A van was used as a battering ram in an attempt to burglarize a gun store in Cerritos early Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle crash into the Ammo Bros. guns and ammunition store at 15979 Piuma Avenue in Cerritos at 4:40 a.m. Monday.

Deputies found a blue and white 1984 Chevrolet van had crashed into the front doors of the business.

The van was reported stolen from Bellflower Saturday night, according to the sheriff's department.

Deputies determined the van was used as a battering ram to enter the store in an attempt to burglarize it.

The store was heavily fortified enough to resist the attempt to crash through the front, according to the department. The suspects were unable to enter the store and nothing was stolen.

"Due to the nature of the crime, where the suspects were presumably targeting firearms, detectives are actively investigating the incident," said Lieutenant Richard Harpham. "Had the suspects been successful and the guns were on the street, it would present an inherent danger to the public."

A gray sedan and a champagne-colored Ford Excursion may have been used as getaway vehicles, according to the department.

Lessdragon 08-30-2011 05:54 AM

They should have driven faster.

BigByrd47119 08-30-2011 07:23 AM

What the hell? They barely even nudged the building! Regardless I hope the catch the idiots.

neilage66 08-30-2011 12:50 PM

I think that particular gunshop had some items on Gunbroker recently.


[sar] I'm so very relieved that no evil guns made it know it's inherently dangerous to the public if guns are loose on the streets. [/casm]

Troy Michalik 08-30-2011 02:17 PM

AND they ruined a perfectly good '84 chevy van!:mad: Bastages!

shadamai 08-30-2011 02:29 PM

Clearly these men lack the most basic understanding of'd think after going to all the trouble to steal the van, they might have the sense to use the accelerator a little more. Especially after the first little tap was a failure.

Tackleberry1 08-30-2011 03:06 PM

It's possible that the impact near the door triggered an audible alarm that scared them off...:rolleyes:

LE needs to catch these guys. They will be more determined next time.


gregs887 08-30-2011 04:10 PM

Fail haha. Too bad they didn't crash into it hard enough to kill themselves. Waste of air.

CA357 08-30-2011 04:20 PM

tellmaster207 08-30-2011 04:39 PM

Why would anybody want to break into a California gun store? That's dumber than robbing an Airsoft factory.

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