Burbank police took three into custody early Sunday morning before they could break into Gun World located on Magnolia Blvd. around 2:30 am on May 31.
Photo by Ross A. Benson
According to Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department, someone watching video cameras remotely spotted suspects trying to break into Guns LA at 3906 Burbank Blvd. While the suspects were not able to make entry into the business, alert officers in the field started to check the other gun shops in Burbank.
Officers located a suspect matching the description of the suspect trying to break into LA Guns at Gun World on Magnolia who had a crowbar with him. After locating and detaining the suspect, officers looked around the area and found his potential getaway vehicle with two females waiting.
Police took all three into custody and inside the vehicle found several items of clothing that still had security tags attached.
At the time they were taken into custody, L.A. County was under a State of Emergency due to civil unrest. All three individuals were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and looting. Because of the State of Emergency order, the suspect may be charged with felonies.
Burbank Police responded to a report of a burglar alarrm at Gun World, 2412 W. Magnolia Blvd. at 4:40 a.m. this morning
Burglars had cut a hole in the roof of the store, which is located on the south side of Magnolia Blvd., just east of Buena Vista St. A police helicopter was overhead around 7 a.m., as ground units cordoned off the area. The police department’s “swat team” was called in to make entry into the store.
The ensuing police activity and blocked streets snarled traffic in the area. Buena Vista was closed to traffic from Clark Ave. to Chandler Blvd. Magnolia was closed from Brighton St. to Buena Vista. Today is the last day of school for Burbank Schools. Traffic around Edison Elementary School and John Burroughs High School was backed up for blocks. Keystone St. was solid with cars from Burbank Blvd. to Magnolia Blvd. as parents attempted to get their children to school.
At this time police are still searching the store for the suspects. Burbank Fire Department paramedics and an engine company were requested to stand by in the area shortly before 9:30 a.m. Shortly before 10 a.m. police completed their search of the store. No suspects were found. Streets in the area were reopened to traffic.