Woman is 5th suspect arrested in PRK Arms gun robbery

Police say David Avina, 51, is still at large. Call CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP

FRESNO, Calif. - A fifth suspect tied to a Fresno gun store burglary is now in jail. Monday, Fresno Police said Dolores Garza, 52, was arrested in Modesto, California.

Police said Garza is one of six suspects tied to the burglary at PRK Arms in Fresno.

No one from the gun store wanted to speak on camera but an employee told YourCentralValley that they are glad progress is being made on the suspects arrest.

Police said Garza was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for David Avina, 51, who police speculate could be Garza's boyfriend.

"He's still outstanding," Lt. Mark Hudson, Fresno Police Department, said.

Police say they now have five of six suspects in custody.

Police said Garza will be transported to Sacramento County Jail, Wednesday, where police say they'll pick her up and bring her back to Fresno.

"It's certainly a coordinated effort and we're thankful to our allied agencies," Hudson said.

Police said Garza and five others broke into PRK Arms gun store in Fresno on October 20th, stealing 25 handguns and 25 rifles.

"It is something of obvious concern to us of having that many weapons out on the street," Hudson said.

Police said they were able to recover three of the firearms but are still searching for the 47 others.

"We believe they've been either been sold or that people may have them, they've been given to them by these suspects but we still need to recover the weapons outstanding," Hudson said.

Police said they believe the all suspects are from the Stanislaus County area and say it's unusual for suspects to rob a store that far from home.

"They must have had some idea that they were going to break into that store, they picked that store, they picked the time, they knew when it was closing, what to go after and how much time they had to come out," Hudson said.

Police said all suspects are facing burglary charges and possibly more.

"We are working with federal authorities at this point and detectives will work with them and see if there's additional charges that can be placed on these suspects," Hudson said.

Police say three suspects were in court Tuesday, but again one suspect, David Avina, 51, remains at large.

Police ask if anyone had information to call CRIME STOPPERS at 498-STOP.


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