Twenty-four handguns, two AR-15 rifle lower receivers, a shotgun and a 270 rifle were stolen from Cen-Cal Tactical gun shop on Mitchell Road early Saturday when three occupants of a car smashed into the barred glass windows and door to gain access.
Video surveillance revealed that at 5:13 a.m. a blue four-door 1986 Toyota Camry (California license plate #7DWG658) rolled into the business with two men jumping out and into the store. They were able to grab the firearms since they were not locked up in the safes as required by law, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Perry.
The shop is owned by Ceres Police Sgt. Patrick Sullivan and his son, firefighter Randy Sullivan. Lt. Perry said the owner closed up Friday night believing that other employees had locked up the weapons before they left for the day.
Surveillance video captured the car's license plate number, which traced to a car stolen out of Oakland. It also captured an image of the suspects who were wearing dark-colored hooded sweat shirts and white or light-colored fabric - possibly T-shirts - covering their faces.
Ceres police were on scene within three minutes.
Detectives are asking the public to call Detective Trinidad Viramontes at 538-5730 if anyone has any information regarding the identities of the thieves.