Wannabe burglar tries to rob Gwinnett gun store with track hoe, ax

Gwinnett County police are looking for a man who tried to break into a Lawrenceville gun store using a track hoe.
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Gwinnett County police are looking for a man who tried to break into a Lawrenceville gun store using a track hoe.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News / Lawrenceville Police Department

Credit: Channel 2 Action News / Lawrenceville Police Department

A Lawrenceville woman was awakened shortly after 3 a.m. Monday to the sound of a siren. She looked out of her window on W. Crogan Street and saw a man ramming into Bulls-Eye Indoor Range and Gun Shop with a track hoe, a police report said.

The man “chopped away” at the front of the store, the woman told an officer. Lawrenceville police believe he was trying to break into the store and burglarize it.

When a police officer drove up to the scene at 3:25 a.m., the man began running away, leaving the track hoe behind. The officer didn’t chase the suspect, opting to check if there were any more suspects at the gun shop, the report said.

The officer found an ax at the door that appeared to have been used in an attempt to destroy the store’s front door. The would-be burglar wasn’t able to enter the store before the officer arrived.

The suspect has not been found or identified. He was described as a tall, skinny man with dreadlocks. The track hoe was found to be stolen from a nearby business and was returned to its owner.

The store will need to replace its awning and some glass work, but nothing was stolen and nobody was injured, owner Randy Powell said.

Police ask anyone that knows anything about this case to call the Lawrenceville Police Investigations Division at 770 339-2412.

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