LYNNWOOD, Washington — Police say a dopey thief chose the wrong business to mess with when he tried to make off with a car from outside a Washington gun shop, prompting two alert employees to run out and hold him at gunpoint until cops arrived.
The incident unfolded late Sunday when the employees of Lynnwood Gun spotted a suspicious man nosing around a car parked out front that belonged to the owner’s husband, police said.
“Gentleman was walking in front of the store and had some odd behavior,” store owner Tiffany Causer told KOMO-TV.
When the 33-year-old man tried to get into the Ford truck, the two employees sprang into action.
“We had some employees that opened up the vehicle to try and ask the person to get out, that was not working,” Causer said, so they drew their weapons and ordered the man to the ground.
Police said it was fortunate that “the suspect complied and was taken into custody without further incident.”
He was charged with attempted vehicle theft.
“The guy decided he was going to steal a vehicle from in front of a gun shop, where everyone is armed. It probably was probably not the smartest thing to do,” Causer said.