Police recover guns and arrest 5 teens after ‘smash and grab’ incident

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 8, 2014) – A smash and grab at a south side gun store has landed five teens in jail. Police say the group used a stolen minivan to drive through the front of the store to steal guns, but they didn’t get far.

Police say the teens were taken into custody within a matter of hours. Four are juveniles, but police identified one adult as 18-year-old Anthony Riggs of Indianapolis.

"Here's the positive note for the community: No guns were released, we believe, into the community, the suspects were apprehended very quickly and no one was hurt,” said Officer Chris Wilburn with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Police responded around 1 a.m. Monday after getting several 911 calls about shots fired and a minivan crashing into Law Enforcement Firearms in the 2600 block of Shelby Street.

"The car used to ram into the business was stolen,” Wilburn said.

Officers took five teens into custody and recovered up to three stolen guns from the store.

"We feel with confidence that we have the number of guns that were attempted to be stolen at this particular business, if there are more, we're in communication with the gun store owner,” Wilburn said.

"All of the high-power and high-capacity weapons were secure and safe inside of the business," he said.

Police say the suspects will likely face burglary and theft charges.

"I believe there were more people involved, we just have to do our due diligence in questioning. We have our federal partners involved in this investigation as well and if there are charges that need to be lodged on the federal level, those things will happen," Wilburn said.

This isn’t the first time police have responded to this type of crime. In September, guns were stolen from Wide Open Arms near the south side after a driver crashed through the front doors. In the same month, guns were stolen and the store owner was killed in North Vernon. While a trailer full of guns was also stolen from Pro-Fire Arms and Supply on the west side.

"We cannot predict what happens and when it happens, but what we can learn from the past. We have had instances where people have tried similar tactics and were unsuccessful or they've tried similar tactics, gained access to a business and firearms, but were subsequently caught later on," Wilburn said.

"The message is clear, if you're involved in a criminal element, chose another profession, you will not be successful here in this community," he said.