MONROE, Wash. — The Monroe Police Department (MPD) is investigating a burglary at a local gun shop early Wednesday morning, the department said in a social media post.
Around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, MPD said a passerby reported multiple vehicles fleeing from a gun shop on South Lewis Street.
The front of the store was reported to be severely damaged, which MPD said it believes was caused by a white SUV left running and abandoned in the parking lot.
"I was just so surprised,” said Brenda Kirby, owner of The Grayson Salon and Spa. "It was all taped off and there was a lot of police activity. Before they would smash and grab little things, now it is guns, weapons -- that a whole different level."
No one is in custody at this time, MPD said. An assessment of items stolen is underway at the store according to MPD, but it did say "various guns" were taken.
MPD shared a video of the front of the store, showing the entrance with severe damage as police investigate on scene.
Kirby’s business is across the street from Armageddon Arms where police said thieves stole firearms during the early morning burglary.
"Having the guns on the street is certainly the biggest concern for us," said Chuck Fuller, a sergeant with MPD. "They are just out there, and we don't know where they are going to go. They obviously have serial numbers attached to them and so they will be entered into our state, national database as a stolen firearm.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.