MUNCIE, Ind.-- Two people have been arrested and a teenage suspect is in the hospital as police investigate a burglary at a Muncie pawn shop.
Just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to an alarm at the Prarie Creek Pawn Shop on South Burlington Dr. They found a hole in the wall and discovered firearms were stolen.
Muncie Police Officers said the suspects used a stolen SUV to break into the pawn shop, giving them access to high-powered guns.
"They’re not stealing little pea shooters, they’re stealing some high-profile rifles and semi-automatics," said Muncie Police Capt. Joe Todd.
Less than 15 minutes after the robbery, police found the trio at Ball Memorial Hospital. The truck used as the getaway car showed up to the emergency room. Police said a 14-year-old badly cut his leg on one of the glass cases during the burglary. They believe hammers were used to smash the glass cases.
"That’s pretty good sized hole in the wall. There’s electrical damage. A lot of product was ruined. It’s going to be a big cleanup," said shop owner Adam Kennedy.
Police said five guns were stolen. The 14-year-old boy was wanted by Anderson police for a similar gun store burglary two weeks ago.
"To have him in custody and keep him in custody before he hurts somebody severely," said Capt. Todd.
Kennedy said the damage inside and outside his store will top $50,000. He also said he's no stranger to criminals targeting his business. In 2004, Muncie police investigated when gunmen entered the same pawn shop and fired shots at Kennedy in another attempt to steal high-powered weapons.
"I don’t know why people are doing stuff like this. Are they that desperate or what?" asked Kennedy.
Police arrested Ricky Taylor and Clayvern Jernigan for Tuesday's burglary. The teen suspect was taken to an Indianapolis hospital. Police said he lost a lot of blood at the crime scene.
Five guns were recovered a short time after the burglary. ATF is also investigating. Police said when the teen is released from the hospital, he will also be arrested.