Thieves crash stolen car into Bellevue gun shop, steal 50 firearms

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BELLEVUE, Wash. - Thieves stole up to 50 handguns from a Bellevue area gun shop overnight after crashing through the front door with a stolen vehicle, police said.

The incident unfolded at about 3:10 a.m. Tuesday at the West Coast Armory, in the 13200 block of 32nd Street, said Seth Tyler of the Bellevue police.

A stolen vehicle was used to smash through the front entrance. Three suspects then ran in and grabbed 40 to 50 handguns. The thieves then fled in the same stolen vehicle. Police later found what they believe is the car.

Some time later a passing garbage truck driver saw the damage to the gun shop, heard the alarm and called 911.

“When our officers arrived, they found that the front door had been smashed in by a vehicle,” said Tyler. “Upon reviewing the surveillance video, we learned that the vehicle was a stolen car, that there were three suspects that entered the building and stole between 40 and 50 hand guns.”

Police responded and are investigating. No descriptions were yet available of the suspects.

The same gun shop was broken into in the same way in April 2016.

Police said a thief stole four weapons and investigators recovered three of the firearms.

“Anytime you have stolen weapons it's a concern because those weapons have the potential to be used in criminal activity,” said Tyler.

Tyler said police got a call about a n suspicious vehicle in apartment complex in Bellevue

Police knew the license plate number from surveillance video. They found a 1996 gold Honda Accord, Detectives are processing it.

If you know anything, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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