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The Lincoln-Pico Sporting Goods store in Santa Monica was a crime scene on Wednesday following an armed robbery.
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The Lincoln-Pico Sporting Goods store in Santa Monica was a crime scene on Wednesday following an armed robbery.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Sport Store Robbed At Knife Point; Owner Fires Bullet At Fleeing Car

Posted Jun. 26, 2013, 5:23 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lincoln-Pico Sporting Goods store in Santa Monica just before 4 pm Wednesday.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis told The Mirror that officers responded to the 911 call reporting the armed robbery at 3:52 pm at 2017 Lincoln Blvd.

“Two suspects entered the store and robbed the owner at knife point,” Lewis said. “The loss was several high fishing end rods and reels. The loss is estimated to be several thousand dollars.”

As the suspects fled in a waiting vehicle, Lewis said the owner gave chase after retrieving his hand gun from inside the store, and fired one round at the fleeing vehicle.

“He believed he struck the vehicle, but we haven’t received any reports of anyone at hospital,” Lewis said.

Lewis said the suspects were described as two men -- one Hispanic and one African-American -- but no further details of the suspects were available as the investigation is ongoing.

The suspects' car was described as a black 1990s Honda Civic, Lewis said.

SMPD robbery homicide detectives are investigating the case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.

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Jun. 27, 2013, 2:48:52 am

stewart said...

shooting @ a moving vehicle is illegal, lets us now watch to see if the shop keeper is charged, having a bullet hole repaired at a body shop is a reportable repair to the Police, lets also wait to see where that goes to hmmmmm?

Jun. 27, 2013, 12:20:50 pm

Ben Hill said...

Luckily no one got injured/killed by the stray bullet on Lincoln...so I can get a license to carry in Santa Monica?

Jun. 27, 2013, 3:34:16 pm

CAF said...

@Ben Doubtful, unless you are an "important" political figure. I believe it is legal for store owners to carry within their property, though more than likely the shot was fired from the street. Though illegal to discharge a firearm in that circumstance, I'm sure the police let him off the hook. IMO, the right move, seeing as nobody was hurt and he was attempting to stop the criminals from causing harm to other individuals.

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