SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Burglary suspects drove an SUV through the front of a Suffolk gun shop Sunday morning and stole several items from the store.
Dispatchers received a call about the burglary at CE Tactical at 4:42 a.m., according to Suffolk officials. The store in the 1200 block of Holland Road sells firearms and other tactical items.
Through a preliminary investigation, police discovered multiple suspects drove a dark-colored SUV through the front of the store before taking multiple items. Officials weren’t able to confirm which items were stolen, but said a full inventory of the store was being conducted. The incident is under investigation by Suffolk police.
Police said 17 handguns were taken in the burglary.
The next day the store’s owner, Gary Crossfield, spoke to 10 On Your Side.
“It wasn’t my worst nightmare but definitely not what I wanted to walk into,” explained Crossfield. “It looked like a small bomb went off to the side of the store.”
It’s a sight no business owner ever wants to see.
“The whole front end of the store, the walls everything was pushed back in all these tables that normally sit up here were all the way back to like the back wall.”
Crossfield says thankfully the vast majority of their inventory was with him at a gun show in Richmond at the time of the robbery.
While we can’t share the video yet, the entire incident was caught on surveillance cameras.
“You can see the vehicle come through,” said Crossfield as he described the footage. “You can see some folks do their thing. And you can kind of see the exit.”
Almost immediately store employees told us loyal customers and people from the community started showing up at the store and offering to help any way they could.
“Oh they had tools, we had people trying to bring us food and everything else I mean like I said the community out here and our customers are just wonderful people and kinda can’t thank them enough for everything that they did,” Crossfield said.
Thanks in a large part to the community’s help, Crossfield said they plan to be back open this Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk police at 757-923-2350 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.