Police: Burglars Used Stolen Cars In Gun Heist Break-Ins
Mar 6, 2020, 11:35 PM | Updated: 11:36 pm
LAYTON, Utah — Police were looking for suspects they said used stolen cars to break into two Layton businesses that sell guns.
According to investigators, Get Some Guns & Ammo at 1995 Main Street was hit early Friday morning, as the suspects crashed through the front room of the building.
“The three suspects were unable to get in further to that business, so they left that stolen vehicle there, got into the getaway vehicle,” said Sergeant Riley Richins with the Layton Police Department.
Richins said the suspects then crashed another stolen car into C-A-L Ranch Stores at 88 South Fairfield Road, about an hour later in a heist partially captured on surveillance video.
“Three suspects got out of the vehicle and went straight to the guns, stole multiple guns and then fled the scene in another vehicle,” Richins said.
It remained unclear whether one or two getaway cars were used.
“Something certainly was pre-planned and it’s scary for the public,” Richins said. “It concerns us as law enforcement, wanting to get those guns out of the hands of these criminals before they can commit any type of criminal act with those.”
The stolen cars that were left behind were stolen from locations in Farmington and South Weber, police said.
One of those locations was the home of Stacy Harker, who was awakened by officers knocking at her door.
“He asked, ‘is Chaylee here?’” Harker recalled. “I said, ‘is everything okay?’ because here I am as a mom freaking out — there’s cops at my door, number one, and that they’re asking for my daughter. So he says, ‘is her car supposed to be here?’ and that’s when I look over in the driveway where she parks and it was gone.”
Her daughter, Chaylee DeVore, was asleep downstairs.
“He was nice enough to hurry and tell me, ‘well that car’s been stolen and it’s in Layton,” Harker said. “I was like, ‘Chay, there’s cops at the door! Your car’s been stolen!’”
DeVore, who works multiple jobs, said she was instantly heartbroken and devastated.
She said she had accidentally left her car unlocked with the keys inside, preparing to go somewhere, but had fallen asleep instead.
“I worked hard on this,” DeVore said as tears welled up in her eyes. “It was one of my ‘everythings’ — my car, my dog and my boyfriend are my ‘everything,’ you know. I would deliver pizza in this, I would drive for Lyft. I would go to work every morning in it.”
DeVore said she hoped police would be able to catch those responsible.
“I’m distraught, I’m pissed off, I’m angry!” DeVore said. “They don’t deserve to have a nice life when you destroy others. It’s not okay. It’s not.”
It was unknown how many guns were taken from C-A-L Ranch Stores other than “multiple,” according to police.
Get Some Guns & Ammo owner Stuart Wallin said no merchandise or firearms were stolen, but the break-in did about $12,000 in property damage.
“It’s certainly not a common crime,” Richins said.
Richins said anybody with information about the crimes should call Layton City Police Department at 801-497-8300.