Store Owner Uses AK-47 to Repel Burglars

Store Owner Adam Seaton used an AK-47 to confront the burglars.  (Photo: WDTN)

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.”

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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).

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • James Cockerham December 1, 2017, 9:32 pm

    Sir:
    In a column in the local paper last week, a man I have had respect for in the past, made note that anyone can “walk in and buy an AK47”. I intended to write and tell him just how wrong he was but, sadly, did not take the time. And now GUNS AMERICAN states that a gentleman used an AK47. I’m going to assume that this was some semiautomatic AK clone. Whatever.

  • Archangel December 1, 2017, 9:30 pm

    And then we find that something like this happened, some of the 7.62X39 rounds he fired at the bad guys go through a wall in a house down the street and kill a 5 year old?
    BUT I DON’T CAR THAT YOUR KID IS DEAD, I NEED TO PROTECT MY BUSINESS!
    This guy is lucky he did not kill someone totally unrelated to the crime!
    I am an avid gun owner and carry concealed (CCW Permit) every day, everywhere I can without getting arrested, but tossing rounds down the street and chasing them in your vehicle is just plain STUPID and asking for unintended collateral damage!
    My neighbors don’t ever want to see how I’d react to my wife or daughter being shot or killed because they were tossing rounds down the street only chasing after thieves on the run!
    Someone hicks your door down and enters your home, fine, shoot them!
    Someone just snatched your kid and dragged them into a car, shoot them!
    Someone attempts to snatch your crap, call a cop and get a description because it’s not worth my or anyone else’s life.
    And, get a pump shotgun loaded with bird shot so after 50 yards it looses a lot of lethality.
    I have an AK, and an a few AR-10 and AR-15’s, but I keep a 12 gauge pump loaded with #7 and #9 shot for in and around the home threats.
    At in the home distances it’s as lethal as a slug, but after it goes through a couple walls and travels a short distance, it’s a heck of a lot safer for the neighbors!

    • Scott December 4, 2017, 10:44 pm

      “My neighbors don’t ever want to see how I’d react to my wife or daughter being shot or killed because they were tossing rounds down the street only chasing after thieves on the run!”

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      It’s a business district, after hours.

      The armed robbers were FIRING AT HIM. Here is what it says:
      ………………………………………..
      “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.
      ………………………………………

      They were FIRING AT HIM.

      But he shouldn’t DEFEND HIS OWN LIFE with whatever weapon he has with him, because… what?

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      “I am an avid gun owner and carry concealed (CCW Permit) every day, everywhere I can without getting arrested, but tossing rounds down the street and chasing them in your vehicle is just plain STUPID and asking for unintended collateral damage!”

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      If you live or work in a bad part of town, and you have already been robbed multiple times, by MULTIPLE assailants, are you taking your concealed carry pistol to that fight, to potentially engage multiple armed assailants?

      Where did it say he was ‘tossing rounds down the street’?

      Why is following the getaway car “just plain STUPID”, if you are on the phone to the police and staying within sight range, until the police are on scene?

      You do realize that’s how the shooter at the church in Texas was stopped?

      A civilian engaged the shooter with an AR15, and then chased him down the highway?

      The guy who shot nearly 50 people at a Texas church and killed half of them was in turn shot by someone who lived near the church and brought his own AR15 to the fight, to the defense of the townspeople. Then the man with the AR15 stopped a passerby, informed him of the situation, and the two of them chased the injured suspect until he drove off the road, at which point the man with the AR15 kept his weapon on the church shooter until police arrived.

  • Silvestre Miranda December 1, 2017, 9:24 am

    Most of the crimes in the USA are committed by the Left=DemocRats

  • Infidel762x51 December 1, 2017, 7:50 am

    But, but, but, the lefties say these assaulty things with the banana type banana attachments have no legitimate use. Silly me, I forgot that defending your life and property is not something the left approves of.

  • BIGKIELBASSA December 1, 2017, 7:41 am

    Don’t repeal the hoodlums . Go “ Deliverance” or “Pulp Fiction “ on them . Set the mood . Play some banjo music and comment on how purdy their mouths are . 🤣

    • DC December 2, 2017, 7:49 am

      No just play some hood music with a good beat and show them get away and glamorize burglary and theft like most shows and movies do now days. No wonder society is crumbling at our feet I wish we could go back to the days when real cops could knock u in the head and take u home to your parents that would and “could” so the same maybe with actual real punishment this BS would stop

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