Four men break into Selma gun store with loaded assault rifle

Police are looking for four suspects who stole a rifle

SELMA, Calif. - Selma Police are calling it a rare burglary. Four men break into a gun store with a loaded rifle and it's all caught on camera. It happened Wednesday night when police say the thieves broke into Central Valley Guns on West Front Street.

"We haven't had a theft like this in recent memory," said Selma Police Chief Greg Garner.

Surveillance footage shows one man bust into the window of Central Valley Guns around 10 P.M. Wednesday night. A second man jumped in and the video shows him taking an assault rifle from the third suspect. A total of four hooded men got into the store.

One minute later, the group is shown leaving with two gun cases. Police say the suspects stole one bolt-action rifle. After searching the area, officers found the original rifle the suspects carried which they say was fully loaded.

"We found an assault rifle, an AK-47 that was fully loaded, that someone had either thrown or discarded or placed under a parked vehicle in a nearby apartment complex," said Garner.

Garner says an empty gun case was also found in a nearby garbage bin. Police say gun stores are being targeted across the Valley.

"One in a series of similar crimes up and down the Valley where gun stores are being targeted," said Garner.

Aimee Wilson says someone broke into her bakery last year and went after her cash register.

"Luckily we had the alarm system. They were able to catch the suspect," said Wilson.

Wilson's shop is half a mile away from Central Valley Guns. She says these armed burglaries make her angry.

"This is my place. It hurts when somebody just thinks they can come in and mess with my things. It's not theirs to take," said Wilson.

Selma Police say they believe the four suspects are from out of the area. If you recognize any of them, call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. You could be eligible for a cash reward.


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