Four juveniles, adult arrested after minivan crashes into gun store during burglary

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 8, 2014) – A south side gun store was burglarized early Monday morning and the suspects used a minivan to smash into the front of the store, police say.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police say five people--four juveniles and an adult--were taken into custody nearby after officers set up a perimeter for the investigation.

It happened around 12:55 a.m. Monday at Law Enforcement Firearms in the 2600 block of Shelby Street. Police said they received multiple 911 calls that the minivan had crashed and several men were shooting.

Police quickly apprehended a 17-year-old suspect who matched the description of one of the thieves. Soon after that, they found four other suspects sitting inside a different vehicle. The adult was identified as 18-year-old Anthony Riggs, who has an open warrant for theft.

A woman who lives across the street from the store tells FOX59 she owns the red Dodge Caravan used in the crime. She said she heard a loud bang and looked outside and saw several people running from the store. The van had been reported stolen on Dec. 6 as it was warming up.

Police recovered two firearms inside the vehicle that may be linked to the burglary. A third stolen firearm found in a yard may also be traced back to the business, police said.

The suspects will likely face burglary and theft charges, police said.