POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Burglars used a car to crash into a building along the 1300 block of Southwest First Court, just off West Atlantic Boulevard.
The incident happened Friday, just before 3 a.m., and the manager of the business said the vehicle rammed into the property in an attempt to steal guns and ammunition.
The manager of the Declaration Defense gun range and store said a driver tried to smash their way into the gated section of the business to create an opening to steal the supplies inside.
According to deputies, when the burglar crashed into the building, the vehicle, a stolen Kia Optima, became disabled, which led the criminals to flee on foot.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and contacted crews to tow away the damaged car. Deputies, building inspectors and general contractors searched the car wreck and building to assess the damage.
Back in 2017, a team of burglars were arrested at the same building, then under different ownership and known as National Armory Guns & Range.
The suspects reportedly threw spark plugs to break a glass door and gain entry. A silent alarm went off shortly afterwards, which alerted officials.
They also hit three businesses across South Florida but were eventually captured.
Contractors are working to get the structure’s defenses back in place.
Video footage displayed the damage to a security gate far from its original placement and rubble from the crash on the floor of the gun range.
The owners now have the major task of doing inventory to find out what was stolen.
An investigation is currently underway.
If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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