Thieves pick wrong store to sell stolen goods

Posted at 5:37 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 00:51:39-04

A string of car burglaries in Glendale ended with the alleged crooks trying to sell the victim back his own stuff.

When Christopher Wood walked outside and saw his car, he thought everything he cared for was gone for good.

"My whole life is based around paintball and I had every single piece of equipment that I had saved up for taken from me all at once," said Wood.

But then, less than 24 hours later, Wood got a call from work saying that a group of men were trying to sell his stuff.

"I actually blew up the transmission of my truck trying to drive as fast as I could getting there," said Wood.

While Wood rushed to get to work, employees at Westworld Paintball stalled.

Owner Ron Lainkind says he took Wood's easily recognizable paintball gun from one of them men and then asked if they had anything else.

"Well I hate a thief to begin with, but I'm just happy we could get some of Chris's equipment back," said Lainkind.

The men were able to get away, but employees got several pictures of the alleged thieves.

Wood says in the pictures, one of the crooks can be seen wearing one of Wood's stolen shirts.

Several other cars were also broken into the night Wood's stuff was stolen.

Woods says there's one thing he wants back most of all. A cell phone with videos from his recent engagement were also stolen.

"Honestly the paintball equipment is all replaceable. That cell phone is the only thing that is irreplaceable to me," said Wood.