Car breaks through wall of Avondale gun shop

Posted at 8:33 AM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 20:53:06-05

Avondale police are on the hunt for the driver of a stolen SUV that plowed into a gun store and ran away.

It happened early Monday morning around 4:30 a.m. near Central and Western avenues.

The owners of AZ Firearms couldn't believe all the damage left behind.

Shattered glass, debris and rubble is left where the front door used to be. A huge concern was making sure no guns were taken.

Spokeswoman Kim Bishop says, "We don't want a firearm taken from the store and used in a crime."

ATF agents also came out to ensure every gun was accounted for.

According to the store owners, all of the firearms have been removed from the building and placed in a secured location.     

A recent video showing a smash a grab in Houston where thieves made off with dozens of weapons went viral.

Bishop says, "That's the first thing I thought-uh oh somebody got a bright idea watching the video."

Burglary and robbery attempts are just some of the risks owning a firearms store.

That's one reason the owners recently upgraded their security systems-adding infrared cameras, a vibration alarm plus a big metal door that helped stop the would be burglar from taking anything. "It did its job and unfortunately it's the reason we have so much structural damage now because it was so well bolted in," Bishop adds.

Bishop says repairs could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

While they are making repairs the store will be closed until further notice and officers will provide round-the-clock security.

Police say they are treating this as an attempted burglary.

They're still trying to piece together evidence to figure out who that driver is including pouring over surveillance video.