Authorities say man crashed car into Washington sporting goods store in effort to steal guns

BURIEN, Wash. – Authorities say a driver crashed into a Washington sporting goods store on purpose so he could steal guns, and then he tried to hide in the ceiling.

The King County sheriff’s office says it arrested a suspect after a more than four-hour standoff at the Big 5 store in Burien, south of Seattle.

The car smashed through a metal grate and glass doors at the business early Tuesday. No employees were inside at the time.

Sgt. DB Gates says authorities determined the wreck was an apparent burglary attempt targeting firearms after responding deputies found cases holding the store’s rifles and ammunition were disturbed. They also heard noises in the ceiling where they believed the suspect was hiding.

A tactical squad was called to surround the building, and authorities eventually apprehended the man. The team then searched for any other suspects inside. Gates later confirmed that only one suspect was found.