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 http://www.kingmanpolice.com 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.