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

Yea, I also thought it unusal that the owner of a shops first response is to grab his gun. I would think the first response would be to call the police.

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

Does anyone else find it scary this guy grabs a gun and responds? What if an unmarked officer had arrived on scene first, or a Detective that is not in a unifrom. Bad enough those officers have to worry about the scene they are going to without people like this coming with guns also.

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

___ ummm you may also want to try calling the police, also.. before you even leave the house to go answer the alarm

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

I am so sorry for the owners break in but those guns should have been put into a locked gun safe over night and not left in the cases. This is how criminals get guns and harm people.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Desert Angel

Desert Dweller is right on. Get yourself a camera and keep it rolling. Things are not going to get any better in this economy and with so many too lazy to look for work. It is out there, for those who are willing to earn their way.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Karen L

So sorry Jim to read this article.. You have always been such a good buisness owner and friend .I will pray they catch the thiefs!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: desert dweller

Anyone ever hear of surveillance cameras?
We need to go back to freedom days when you could set exploding traps for vermin like this!

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jen J

This is So Sad! Jim is one of the nicest people I have ever delt with when it comes to purchasing guns. I am sorry that some ignorant person has done this to your business. Please don't let this change the great person that you are.

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