Three suspects were quickly captured early Wednesday after they allegedly broke into a Santa Clara gun shop and made off with a cache of weapons, authorities said.
Police have identified the three suspects as Marcus Moreno, 26, and his brother, Jorel, 27, and Tina Marie Guzman, 39.
Jim Reed, the owner of Reed’s Indoor Range, said he was awakened by his alarm company at around 3:30 a.m. reporting the break-in.
At the same time, the alarm company alerted police who quickly arrived on the scene.
“We have a very sophisticated alarm system,” he told KTVU. “That’s why the police got here so quickly. “
Arriving officers saw a car speeding away from the scene with two males and one female suspect inside.
During the pursuit, authorities said, the trio was tossing guns and ammunition out of the car windows as they drove through Santa Clara.
After a short pursuit, the suspects tried to abandon the car near Lafayette St. and Aldo Ave. and escape by foot, but were captured.
Back at the gun shop, Reed looked over the damage left behind. A large piece of wood had been used to bash in the front window and a rifle case was smashed and left outside the store.
But he told KTVU that all the stolen weapons had been accounted for.
“It’s upsetting,” he said. “It’s like violating your own personal residence. It’s a big mess to clean up but biggest thing for me is everything was apprehended. All the suspects were apprehended and the merchandise was all found and recovered. “
He said at least five handguns and two rifles had been recovered.
Reed said it was the first time in the 13 years he’s been at the Duane Ave. location that he’s been had a break-in.
“It’s troubling because of the merchandise I carry,” he said. “But that’s why we have such a sophisticated alarm system.”
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