Gun Store Gets New Barriers After Recent Burglaries

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ROCKLIN -- A Rocklin gun shop has added a new addition to its exterior -- a concrete barrier posted in front of the store to send a message to criminals.

Management at the Sacramento Black Rifle said immediately following Wednesday's smash and grabs at two area gun shops, the cement barriers went up.

"It's good. So it'll stop people from ramming their stolen Hondas with their Oakland USA hoodies... that was a stupid heist. At least they're dumb criminals," one patron said outside of the Rocklin shop.

Five suspects on Wednesday, used their Honda CRV to first smash their way into the Rocklin Armory ... a choreographed burglary – caught on camera with each running into the gun shop to grab whatever they could.

But the firearms were all locked up in safes, with the exception of one firearm under repair, which they stole.

Investigators believe those same suspects then rammed into STS Guns in Folsom, shattering glass and knocking down iron gates to make their way inside, where the owner said they swiped about 16 firearms and tactical rifles before making their escape.

"It's real sad. It shoudn’t be that way. It's the times we're in, I guess," said Ret. Deputy Chief Dan Lewis.

The suspects drove to Oakland, hoping to evade law enforcement. But, Oakland Police Department and its SWAT team spotted the getaway car and caught several of the suspects.

These cement barriers are a welcome sight to gun enthusiasts.

"It'd be nice not to have to worry about it. But this to me would be a good deterrent. Because in order to get through it, you'd have to ruin your car," said gun patron Steven Huffman said. "It's all about the timing. With everything going on today: gun control laws. All that stuff kinda put in place, I think is drawing up the demand for these guns, too."

"We don't want them in the hands they shouldn't be," Lewis added.