Three Smash and Grab Gun Store Burglaries in Two Nights

Lt. Terry Preuninger

Monday, November 28, 2022 at 8:09 a.m.

Update 12/22/22:

SPD makes additional arrests in gun-store burglaries

Today, 12-22-22, detectives from SPD’s SPEAR Unit (Stolen Property Enforcement and Recovery) arrested two juveniles for their involvement in multiple burglaries at local gun stores. The detrimental impact of these criminal acts not only included the theft of numerous firearms, but also tens of thousands of dollars in property damage to the businesses. 

The two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention. Three juveniles are currently in-custody on a multitude of felony charges which include Burglary 1st degree, Burglary 2nd degree, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Malicious Mischief, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

The investigation is on-going and additional arrests/charges are possible.

Update 12/8/22:

SPD makes two arrests in a series of gun store burglaries

Spokane Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with the multiple gun store burglaries that took place over Thanksgiving weekend (see original media release below). Police have also recovered several of the stolen firearms. The arrests were made during the ongoing investigation into the burglaries. SPD is working with Spokane Public Schools on this case. The investigation remains active as police continue to identify additional suspects and recover firearms.

Original Release 11/25/22:

The Spokane Police Department wants to make the community aware of three recent gun store burglaries where multiple firearms have been taken and stolen vehicles have been used to drive into the buildings to gain access.   

In the early morning hours of November 24 a car was used to breach a gun store located in the 1700 block of East Trent and facilitate a burglary.  At around 3 AM on November 25 the same tactic was used at the same location.  Minutes later a car was used to drive through the secured front door and brick wall of a gun store in the 1400 block of North Greene St.   

The purpose of this media release is to alert other retailers in the community that could be targeted by these thieves and make them aware of the aggressive and remarkable tactics being used.   

The Spokane Police Department is not releasing any investigative information about these crimes at this time.  However, if anyone has any information regarding these events please contact the department at 509 456 2233.   

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