Several armed bystanders leapt into action Monday when a pair of shoplifters tried to run someone down with a car after they had stolen hundreds of dollars-worth of power tools from a Marysville, Washington, store, police said.
According to police reports, the thieves ran out of a Coastal Farm and Ranch store with their arms loaded with power tools. Then a bystander in the parking lot confronted the two as they got into their get-away car, but the pair started the vehicle and tried to run the man down.
That is when two more shoppers in the parking lot drew their firearms and blew out the thieves’ tires.
According to KOMO News folks were shocked by the incident:
Brandy Sundin immediately locked her the doors.
“We had two customers and went in the back and locked ourselves in,” said Sundin.
And Davin Tuninga was inside Wagner Jewelers when she heard the commotion.
“It was weird. It was weird. All I heard was ‘bang, bang, bang” like that and I saw a gal running to her car,” said Tuninga.
The police added:
The accused thieves ditched their car a few blocks away. But officers and a K-9 tracked them down. Police say the suspects, both from Everett, now face felony robbery charges.
The two who fired their weapons and stopped the thieves were smart, too:
The two shoppers who fired the shots didn’t stick around to talk to officers. Investigators want to talk to those unknown armed bystanders to get their statements.
I would advise the two NEVER to go tell the cops about their involvement.
They did the right thing to stop the crooks, but in the left-wing state of Washington, it is the good people who end up in jail where guns are concerned.
In any case, two crooks bagged and tagged.
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