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12/21/2012 6:01:00 AM
Fuller came 'packin,' but burglar had already fled his Kingman store
AHRON SHERMAN/MinerSomeone used an ax, which was left at the scene, to break into A & P Pawn early Thursday morning and make off with several handguns and pieces of jewelry.

Someone used an ax, which was left at the scene, to break into A & P Pawn early Thursday morning and make off with several handguns and pieces of jewelry.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The alarm at A & P Pawn went off at around 3:37 a.m. Thursday, alerting the shop's owner, Jim Fuller, at home. He grabbed his firearm and headed downtown, where he found that his shop had been burglarized.

"I always come," Fuller said. "And I come packin'."

Someone had broken one of the storefront's windows with an ax, climbed the protective metal barrier to enter the store, shattered two glass cases and made off with several pieces of jewelry and between five and 15 handguns.

The thief or thieves were gone by the time Fuller arrived.

Fuller has owned A & P for 30 years, though it hasn't always been at its current location.

"This is the second time they've gotten stuff," he said.

In the last three decades, numerous people have tried to break into A & P after hours. One assailant even attempted to gain access via the roof, he said. But this marks only the second time their attempts have been successful.

The criminals who robbed him the first time were eventually caught.

As for this incident, Kingman Police Department Capt. Rusty Cooper said there are no leads and the police do not know how many perpetrators there were. But he encouraged anyone with information to come forward. There is a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

There are several avenues for tipsters: Call KPD at (928) 753-2191 and ask to speak to a detective, visit to offer a tip online or call Mohave County Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780.

"It's disappointing that (some) people are thieves," Fuller said.

There's collateral damage in cases like these. Broken glass needs to be cleaned up and items that were broken need to be replaced. But that's not all. Each item has a potential customer attached to it.

"You lose the gun and the customer," Fuller said.

Fuller was still in the process of taking inventory and assessing the value of the stolen items Thursday morning. At least one of the stolen handguns was worth $500.

The store also suffered an estimated $1,000 worth of damage.

Despite the burglary, Fuller doesn't expect to change his methods as a business owner.

"I just need to figure a better way to protect myself," he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe, Just Maye

@Frank Harris
Let's suppose Mr. Fuller accidently squeezed the trigger, and immediately thanked his years of training for having set the safety on his gun. Let's suppose he raced to his car in the deliberate manner he had practiced scores of time just in that event. Let's suppose arriving at his shop, seeing a shadow, he prudently turns on the lights. He shouts “Stop because I have a gun!” Mr. Fuller understands he must be vigilant that the now-identified shadow doesn't also have a gun pointed at him, while waiting for the police to arrive. His training in firearm use and faithful practice is his greatest ally. Should the shadow flee, he does not collect any more loot --- but someone now can identify him! The police arrive 10 minutes later, assuming the alarm was called in by the alarm company, or by Mr. Fuller's very much alive and awake wife. \
Mr. Fuller’s spouse has meanwhile made a phone call to confirm that the local police are responding, and made the police aware that her husband is armed and on the scene! The little old lady next door is peacefully enjoying her cup of hot milk.
I also prefer to have deadly weapons in the hands of those well trained to protect my property. I'm not naive to think that police can protect absolutely. By the time they get to the alarm, my property is already stolen, the perpetrator already gone, and possibly thousands of dollars in damage to my store.
....wouldn't it make more sense in a civilized AND pro-active society to train in firearm use and safety. Practice, practice, practice until the steps become a habit. THIS is what reduces the risk of accidents. NOTHING will prevent ALL accidents.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Bob James

No you all need to get used to us and our laws don't come here and try to make it a new California.

If it was so great their go back. We don't want the Mexican cartels running our State it worked so great for you their we learned our lessons from seeing your great state work so well.

What I hate is when I hear how Arizona is backwards and red neck and California was so good Really ?? Then why did you leave ?

Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Article comment by: Welcome, Former Californians

Bob, get use to us - we're coming in droves.

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

tsk tsk, the guy is a FFL dealer. how could his weapon not be legal. question his judgment if you want to, he did what he is allowed to do so your opinion is somewhat void. and no, im not confusing cowardness with anything. thats what i meant, and thats what this country is becoming.

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe, Just Maybe

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Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: Bob James

Wow I didn't know we had so many Left wing Californians here in Kingman.

This is Arizona and we have guns if that's a problem for you I suggest you go back to California or where ever you came from I'm sick of people coming here and tiring to change it to what they think it should be.

In my Opinion every American has a responsibility to be armed at all times to protect himself and his family. Not to do so is not just irresponsible but dangerous, The Supreme Court has found 5 times around the country in the last 10 years it is not the job of the police to protect you but it is their job to enforce the law. This translates to they will respond as they can and take a report and they will catch the bad guy but most likely not at the scene. When seconds count the Police are just Minutes away.

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: No they Don't

RE: All local Alarm companies call the police/sheriff immedietely when an alarm is activated

I don't think so. That wasn't my experience with at least 2 different alarm companies in Mohave County.

1st time my alarm went off it was going off for over 1.5 hours before the alarm person woke up and discovered there was an alarm at my shop.

They didn't want to tell me the person responsible for attending to the alarm had fallen asleep, so the police dept told me it was a "delayed" alarm .I fired them on the spot.

The 2nd time my alarm went off, a totally different alarm company had installed all new equipment that apparently didn't work. None of the sensors went off. A guy smashed out the front door and the alarm window tape didn't work, the glass break detector didn't work, the motion detectors didn't work. Only when the thief opened one of the office doors did the alarm function. The alarm company had removed all of my cameras to "upgrade" them. Gee how convenient.

Alarm companies have on the back of their contracts, that in the event of a loss that's too bad for you and they share no liability.

Makes you feel safe doesn't it. Oh and one of these alarm companies has alarms in a few banks that I know of.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Griffin III`

@Jist me obviously sign the back of a paycheck. You are one of the always have an opinion about what happens but you have no clue on what reality his. Great job Mr. Fuller. The only thing worse that a thief is a gun-fearing liberal....oh yeah...on-in-the-same.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Greg T


Next time stop by my house on the way down there and I'll go with you.


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Business Manager

For all you non-business owners, if the police respond to your alarm going off(real or not) after 3 in one year. they FINE you!!!!! I am sure Jim has had many false alarms and has had to pay the FINE.....Would you go to your business downtown with the alarm going off at 3am WITHOUT a gun???? I always take mine!!!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tsk Tsk

Chastizing is a bit of a stretch. I'd say questioning the judgement of rushing around with a loaded gun in the pitch of blackness of night. But that's just me.

And yea, we got the point it is legal in AZ to grab your gun. Gee, did the article say they checked that Jim's gun is legal?

And you're confusing cowaredness with civilized

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: bla bla

I know Jim well enough to know that hes not THAT stupid to shoot first unless hes being physically threatened. I think his major concern was AT LEAST trying to hold the subject(s) until police arrived, which he had the LEGAL right to do. Usually at that time of the morning there is no police presence so catching them in the act wouldve been a MAJOR accomplishment. I had mentioned to Jim about the security camera thing. He DID mention that it just may very well be in the plans.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

Frank L. we're dealing with hypotheticals now. Okay. Let's suppose he grabbed his gun and squeezed the trigger not realizing the safety was off. There goes the wife, dog or child. Let's suppose he raced to the car, stumbled and pulled one off. The bullet goes through the neighbor's window and strikes the little o' lady getting a hot cup of milk to help her get back to sleep. Let's suppose he makes it all the way downtown to his shop. He sees a shadow in his shop, aims and drops the burgler. The burgler happens to be a 14 year old. Yea, I suppose you might say, "Hey, he shouldn't have been stealing." Does such a silly, stupid, act by a very young man deserve to die? Wouldn't it be best if the shop owner contacted the police to make certain they are responding.

I happen to believe our local police do a pretty good job of protecting and serving. As a Kingmanite who might get up at 3am for a warm cup of milk I'd prefer to have deadly weapons in the hands of those well trained and entrusted with protecting my property.

And as far as the alarm ... wouldn't it make more sense in a civilized society to make a phone call to confirm that the local police are responding regardless of how the alarm system works?

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Individual Thinker

@Frank Lee Speaking. This shows your ignirance. What I was simply stating is that the police do not know who the owner is nor does the owner know the police necessarily. Would be a shame if your property owner who was waken in the middle of the night and told his shop alarm was going off, (not that his nerves weren't unsettled.) Who would have the tendancy to react improperly? Oh....yeah right the police.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: An ounce of prevention Is worth a pound of cure

Perhaps it's time to invest in surveillance camera's or an armed guard. Guards really don't make that much money and one would probably be thrilled to be hired in this economy.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@B B

"those guns should have been put into a locked gun safe over night and not left in the cases."

Very well put. In not doing that Mr. Fuller made a HUGE mistake. Even more so since he had been robbed before. Most jewelry stores at closing time move the high end merchandise out of the display cases and into a safe. Gee, what do they know that Fuller does not? It would be really ironic if he happened to have a gun safe there for sale that someone had pawned, wouldn't it? LOL

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Joe citizen

That means I'm just wonderin......Fuller may just being tactful with what he isn't saying.
Its his business and I can't see anything wrong with protecting his property (and) himself in the process, wheather its in his home, in his yard or anywhere else.
If the guy can get to his store faster than any of four local law enforcement agencies, the problem isn't his.
I needed a cop twice in the last year or so. On one occasion my neighbors (one house down) burglar alarm was going off, the garage window was open and the curtains were blowing outside.
I dial 911 right?
50 minutes response time.
I don't think thats too good cause I don't live way out there.
Second time it took 45 minutes AND a gun was involved.
Apparently Mr.Fuller has responded in this fashion more than once. I wonder what the ratio is between him being first to arrive and not.............
Good for you Mr.Fuller but you better be careful of a friendly fire situation.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Typical americans these days, youre chastizing this man for grabbing his legal weapon and responding to defend his property? Oh the audacity!! Good lord what is this country coming to...a once couragous people is melting into cowardice. I apaud the store owner! Protect yours!!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: jist me again

Dearest NO NAME. ,, no they do not. you can request they call you first. and law enforcement as a secondary #, or not at all. If PD responds to a false alarm they bill you $100.00. I used to have a neighbor that i took care of their home. their son was the 1st called , i was second. we only called the police if we saw something.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jim V

Sorry to hear that you were victimized. Have a merry Christmas, anyway. Tell barb Hi!

Jim and Delores

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: no name

@ B B - so It's not the low life scum that broke in and stole the guns it's the store owners fault right?

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: no name

@ JIST me again - All local Alarm companies call the police/sheriff immedietely when an alarm is activated therefor Jim wouldnt need to call himself.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Frank Harris

"Yea, I also thought it unusual that the owner of a shops first response is to grab his gun."

He grabbed his gun because it was the middle of the night/early morn, he was going out, and it is legal for him to grab it. Suppose he had gotten there before the cops arrived and the perps were still there?

I don't know who you use for a alarm service, but here's how it works with mine.

The alarm goes off, the alarm company calls me. If I am not there and had not set it off accidentally, they then CALL THE POLICE. This why the article never mentions his calling the cops. It was done for him by the alarm company he pays every month. The words "headed downtown" should have been a huge clue to you that he was not right next door and did not actually hear the alarm.

@Individual Thinker

".....without people like this coming with guns also."

People like this?.....People like what? He could spend more time at the range practicing and be a much better shot and calmer than a nervous cop for all you know. Police departments do not all have FBI level training programs in place, especially in a small town.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Don't Know Much About Security

But don't most alarm companies call the police?

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: R .

Well, you can start to better protect yourself by putting bars all the way to the TOP of the window?! What was the point in having them only halfway up the window? And presumably there was no surveillance videos on at night considering that they have no idea how many people were involved.

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