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Thieves use van as battering ram on Cerritos gun store

A van was used as a battering ram in an attempt to burglarize a gun store in Cerritos early Monday morning.

August 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
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.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Cerritos Station Detectives at (562) 860-0044. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers (800) 222-TIPS or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.


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