Two would-be burglars got more than they bargained for when they attempted to rob a cell phone store in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month.
Surveillance video shows two suspects attempting to break into Fix or Cell Now, a store owned by Dayton resident Adam Seaton.
The thieves break the store’s window with a brick and attempt to bypass the security gate.
That’s when Seaton arrives, and the robbers take off running. The proprietor was right around the corner when he received an alert on his cell phone that the security alarm had gone off.
“Typically robberies at the store are done in 20 to 45 minutes, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Seaton told WHIOTV.
But when he arrived, Seaton says the suspects did more than just run away.
“I zoom over here,” Seaton told WDTN. “And I get greeted with gunfire and people coming out of the store. It’s crazy. I’m still shook up about it.”
Seaton had an AK-47 in his vehicle, which he used to repel the gunfire.
“I took my AK and started firing 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,” Seaton says in the 911 recording. “619 Watervaliet. (Sound of honking). I’m chasing them. They just broke into the store. They are in a silver truck.”
Seaton told WHIOTV he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure.
“They started firing back at me from the vehicle,” Seaton said. “It got kinda dangerous so I just let them go.”
To those who would say that a few cell phones don’t justify Seaton’s actions, the business owner explained that those cell phones represent his livelihood.
“That’s how I pay my employees,” Seaton said. “That’s how I put food on my table.”
This is the fourth time Seaton’s store has been broken into since he opened in December, but he told WDTN he doesn’t believe the thieves got away with anything this time.
Still, he’s calling for tougher punishment to deter thieves from targeting his store.
“Give these guys [robbery suspects] punishment. They’re just stealing them [cell phones] and the courts just let them out the next day,” Seaton said.
“It’s not the police it’s the justice system. The police arrest them and the courts just let them out the next day.”
Police are still looking for the two individuals, and anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP (7867).