DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are looking two men involved in a cell phone story robbery that led to a shoot-out with the store owner. The robbery was caught on surveillance video moments before the suspects and the owner exchanged gun fire.
It all happened in just a matter of minutes. The suspects threw a brick through a store front window, setting off the alarm and sending an alert to the owner who is just down the street. Seconds later, the owner arrives and says he’s greeted with gunfire. That’s when he says he starts firing back.
Surveillance video shows the moment suspects throw a brick through a store front window at around 5 a.m. Sunday.
“I got an alert on my phone,” Fix or Cell Now cell phone store owner Adam Seaton said. “That the store was getting robbed.”
Store owner Adam Seaton happened to be right around the corner so he raced to the Fix or Cell Now cell phone store on Watervliet Avenue near Smithville Road in Dayton.
In the short time before he got there, one suspect is seen trying to climb over the store’s security gate then he tries to crawl under it, but can’t squeeze through. Next, he tries leaning on it, but nothing seems to work. That’s when Seaton arrives and the suspects are seen running from the store.
“I zoom over here,” Seaton said. “And I get greeted with gunfire and people coming out of the store. It’s crazy. I’m still shook up about it.”
Seatons says the suspects starting firing at him so that’s when he says he grabbed his gun.
“I took my AK and started fiing back, ” Seaton said. “And they ran out behind the building and I continued to pursue the getaway vehicle I had the Dayton Police on the line.”
“Shots fired. 619 Watervaliet. (Sound of honking). I’m chasing them. They just broke into the store. They are in a silver truck.”
“They started firing back at me from the vehicle,” Seaton said. “It got kinda dangerous so I just let them go.”
Employees spent Sunday sweeping-up broken glass and cleaning up, which is something they’re used to doing because this is now the fourth time they’ve been broken into and the fourth window Seaton has paid to install.
He says he’s relieved the suspects got away with nothing.
“That’s how I pay my employees,” Seaton said. “That’s how I put food on my table.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP (7867).
The incident remains under investigation.