Police arrest suspect in Anderson gun store burglary


ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) - A teenager is in police custody after a bold gun store burglary over the weekend.

Deep tire tracks are visible in the wet grass along W. 53rd St., marks the suspects made when they used a stolen car to ram through a wall at Crack Shot gun shop.

Store surveillance cameras captured them gather guns and take off in a second car.

Anderson police said they had been working hard on the investigation, hoping to get get the stolen weapons off the street. They got an important break in the case on Tuesday.

Major Joel Sandefur said officers arrested Ja Vante Johnson, 18, Anderson, on Tuesday. Investigators said they’re tracking evidence that ties Johnson to the burglary.

Police said they are looking for at least one more suspect.

(Surveillance photo from store burglary)

“These are guns we don’t want on the street illegally,” Sandefur said. “Usually they end up in the hands of people who have illegal intentions, so yes, it is a concern for us.

It’s a method seen before in recent after-hours gun store invasions and thefts around central Indiana. Burglars drove through the glass doors and steel gate of an Indianapolis store in 2014.

Anderson’s Crack Shot has been hit before, as has a competitor, where burglars broke in around a bathroom window in one case.

It’s just sad,” said a Crack Shot customer who asked us not use his name. “Of course it’s a worry where it ends up at. Of course it’s going to end up in the wrong hands.” He said it made him appreciate even more his Second Amendment rights.

If you have information, you’re asked to call police at (765) 648-6775 or Crime Stoppers at (765) 649-8310.

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