SEQUIM — The owner of FREDS Guns in Sequim has released security footage showing a frontloader driving through the front of the store before a man stuffs a duffel bag with about 30 guns.
The video shows a man wearing a hoodie running into the gun store and stealing guns from a case on the south side of the store at 261340 U.S. Highway 101.
The footage shows that the frontloader rammed through the building at 11:23 p.m. on April 13 and by 11:26 p.m. the man had driven away. The video provided does not show the law enforcement response.
Insulation from the wall can be seen circulating in the air after the impact.
The man initially runs into the building, but runs back to the front loader after apparently forgetting a tool. When he runs back into the store an item in his hand appears to catch on a curtain, causing him to trip.
He then jumps over a gun case on the south side of the room and begins shoving handguns into a large duffel bag.
Two minutes after ramming through the front of the store the man goes back into the front loader, backs it up and turns back toward U.S. Highway 101. The vehicle, stolen from Leitz Farm Supply’s nearby hay barn according to officials, was found abandoned on Atterberry Road.
Seth Larson, who owns FREDS Guns, said he released the video to the Peninsula Daily News to quell questions in the community about his security system.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has repeatedly said it was not releasing any security footage.
“It’s very frustrating that people don’t understand this guy almost tore down my building,” Larson said. “This video will show how my doors did work … but it was the walls around that gave away.
“I’m just tired of everybody saying ‘you didn’t have good security’ when we had wonderful security.”
Larson said that at this time he cannot comment on details of the investigation or release video from other cameras in the store.
“My wife and I have spent thousands of hours building up this small business and seeing it get destroyed in seconds is really hard for us,” he said. “It’s hard to watch, it really is.”
Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].