Two people have been arrested in the burglary of a Loomis gun store in which a stolen commercial truck was used to ram the building to gain entry.
Placer County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at EWG Guns about 5 a.m. Thursday and found someone had rammed the building on two sides. An unknown number of firearms were stolen, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Initial reports indicated that a safe was stolen, but sheriff’s officials said investigators found the safe was still inside the building and the guns that were stolen were not in the safe.
A short time later, a deputy located a large International flatbed truck less than a mile from the store. The truck had extensive damage to the front end and what appeared to be building debris on and around it, the news release said. The truck had been reported stolen from Loomis Drywall Supply.
Detectives identified Aaron Lee Patrick, 28, of Loomis as a suspect in the burglary and he was arrested Thursday in Auburn. Detectives discovered a firearm and other evidence from the gun store in Patrick’s possession at the time of his arrest, the news release said. He was on post-release community supervision probation and had removed his ankle monitoring device, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.
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On Friday morning, detectives served a search warrant in the 26000 block of Green Acres Road in Colfax. The resident, Rocky Alan Gordon, 62, was arrested after more firearms stolen from EWG Guns were found in his house. Investigators also discovered a stun gun and body armor, the news release said.
Patrick was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, being a felon in possession of a firearm, felony vandalism, burglary, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and revocation of post-release community supervision. He was on post-release community supervision for a prior conviction for possession of an assault weapon. He is being held without bail in Placer County Jail.
Gordon was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a stun gun and being a violent felon in possession of body armor. He is being held in lieu of $120,000 bail.
All the firearms stolen from EWG have been recovered and detectives do not believe anyone else was involved in the burglary, according to the news release.