Community locates suspect's car in Sunday morning robbery after car plowed into storefront

Posted at 9:29 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 22:29:16-04

TULSA - After a man rammed his car into a gun shop Sunday morning, the community surrounding the shop has come together to do its own investigating. 

It started Monday afternoon with a strange car in an auto shop's parking lot. 

“He walked right around to the back and there’s the car sitting right there," said Bear and Beam Firearms Owner Eddie Beam. 

The owner of the auto shop noticed not only the broken glass, but an unmistakable detail. 

“It was very obvious it was the car because the red letters from the glass that was broken was still laying on the car," he said. 

The red letters once sealed onto Bear and Beam Firearms around the corner. 

“They kind of did their own investigation and found the car that was used to ram into the front of their store," said TPD Public Information Officer Adam Ashley. 

Putting two and two together they called police, and 2 Works for You was there as the car was towed away as evidence. 

“It’s happening all over Tulsa, and I guess it was just our turn," Beam said. 

While the lead was promising he can't shake the images of his store flipped upside down. 

“I do this because I enjoy doing it. And then some [expletive] comes in here, drives through the window and for whatever reason, we’ll probably never know," he said. 

In surveillance footage you can see the man ram into the building, climb his way out of the car, and run out of frame when he probably stole the $500 worth of knives, before jumping in the car and driving away. 

“I heard a sound that sounded either like an explosion or a mini earthquake," said Gabriel Sanchez Owner of Tulsa Video Magazine. 

He was inside the store next door sitting on the other side of the wall. 

Officers say the suspect was determined, moving a cement parking block from in front of a parking space so the car could easily make its way inside. 

Though the store is clean Monday, Eddie is still finding himself picking up the pieces.

“It pisses me off.”

Knowing the thief will meet his judgement day soon, without stopping the small business that's boarded up, but still thriving. 

“Well, we pickup and we go on.”

The thief did not get away with any guns because the shop locks all of its firearms up at night. 

Police ask anyone with information to call crime stoppers at 918-596-COPS. 

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