A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Gun Store Robbery

The ATF is helping investigate the armed robbery of Southern Gun Inc. in Collinsville Virginia on November 13, 2007. Three men participated in the robbery. Two entered the store armed with handguns, while one stood outside. The two men then forced clerk, Robert Farley to the floor and hancuffed him. Farley says he had no other choice but to cooperate.

The criminals then filled backpacks they were carrying full of handguns from the store. The ATF says a total of 75 handguns were stolen, worth more $50,000. 22 are revolvers, 53 are semi-automatic pistols. Brands were taken included Glocks, Smith & Wessons, Kimbers and Rossies. Police have not released additional information on the guns, saying it could hurt their investigation.

The men ran from the store, and got in a mid sized burgundy getaway car. One suspect, armed with a chrome revolver, is described as a man in his early 20s. He appears to have a mustache and is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 to 160 pounds. He is wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and carries a backpack.

A second suspect, armed with a chrome semiautomatic handgun and sporting cornrows, appears to be in his early 20s. He is slightly taller, at 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. He was dressed is a dark shirt, dark pants, and wears black and white shoes. Investigators continue to search for the bandits. Farley was not hurt.

The ATF is offering a reward of $5,000 dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible. Anyone with information is urged to call the ATF at (540) 983-6920, or toll free at 1-800-800-3855; the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751; or CrimeStoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's getting so politically correct that the police now knowingly issues vague descriptions of suspects when they're black. "young men in their twenties" "5 feet 6" etc...

And the press will publish pictures of the privates of some celebrity who is not wearing panties, but they'll remain equally vague with the suspects race. So what's the point of publishing descriptions if they can't be identified thereby?

Do you see this, or am I just a fascist racist in need of reeducation?

5:13 PM  
Blogger Rabbit said...

You see it.

Yes, it does make it difficult. The general public isn't encouraged to look for suspects and actors. That was only in B-movies from the 30's to 60's and Dragnet, which of course, weren't PC.


12:44 AM  
Blogger Chris Byrne said...

Why on earth were these two idiots not full of holes in a heartbeat?

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first poster: No your not a fascist racist. I my self wrote a letter to a major metro newspaper in my area after a rash of gun crime one summer.

I noticed that when the perps where Afro-Amer, this was not included in the discription of the suspects. (BTW had to do extra research to verify race regarding each incident) But of all the shooting only two involved white perps, those were included in the description in the paper.

My letter pointed this out case by case. It detailed the perceived bias, and outright absurdity of not including such a major identifying component as race in a suspect description.

Of course I never got a reply back.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I, myself, think it is racist to only include the race if the perpetrators are white. Doing so shows the presumption that criminals are black or Hispanic.

The reports I cited did not give the race, and I felt it was evident in the photos of this piece.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Matt G said...

That's a difficult video to watch, but I watched the first 5 seconds over and over. It's the first 2 to 3 seconds that determine how the whole thing went.

The clerk spreads his hands and you can almost hear him saying "What are you doing?!?" or "Hey, wait a minute...!"

He was caught looking. He was just flat caught unaware.

My first thought was "That close to Washington DC, a clerk should be more ready to deal with that kind of element."

Then I looked up where Collinsville, VA is. It's 180 miles by road from Richmond, and over 250 miles by road outside of the Beltway. This was not a shop anywhere near the inner city.

I'm glad the clerk wasn't hurt. I'm glad that the robbers didn't decide that it would be easier just to kill him. I personally believe that he took a chance when he put himself at their mercy, but I'll also tell you that he had less than 2 seconds to decide what to do and then do it, to have stopped a robbery that essentially was a case of two guys getting the drop on him.

The counter there is situated poorly; people seen coming in are seen at a high angle through the glass, which distorts the view of them, costing the clerk at least a second of valuable reaction time.

Given that the clerk was bent over, looking at something under the counter, it's reasonable to guess that the robbers waited until they saw his attention distracted from the door before they entered. A sounder at the door (bell, electric tone) may have been alert that someone was coming in, or just bad luck on the part of the bandits, because the clerk immediately rights himself and faces the bad guys.

The clerk's cell phone is on the counter. Yes, everybody does this. Folks, don't do this. Put your phone in your pocket or on your belt so that it's with you when you flee or are locked up.

I have no idea if the clerk was wearing a pistol on his person. If not, I believe that we all can see the error of not doing so.

One would assume that a shotgun would be handy in a gunstore. But again, getting one to bear on two subjects in under two seconds is difficult. One generally doesn't get repeat business if one suddenly whips out a shotgun on every person that enters a gunstore with a gun.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and when some gang member gets killed while perpetrating a crime, he is usually described as an "aspiring rapper" (not sure if this is supposed to be a profession or a worthy goal).

You ever seen some Mafia guy being whacked being described as an "aspiring bel canto singer"? They give you his full name, mug shot and nickname "Joey the Evil Mofo" plus the details of his rap sheet since he was 12 years old.

The problem is that the FBI is spending all its energy on the Italian guys for years and years: politically correct and good for careers (see Rudy Guiliani too).
You don't see them "building cases" agains the ethnic gangs.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Matt G said...

Anonymous, they're putting attention to the black guys, too. Trust me-- I see the BOLOs. And, truly, the Be On the Look Out bulletins always include race, ethnicity, and distinct charateristics. The problem is in the reporting.

Down here in TX, I can promise you that a lot of energy is going into latino gangs and their members.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in a gun shop in Virginia that has been open since 1982. We have never been robbed. All employees pack heat. Go figure.


8:24 AM  

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