Fake it till you take it?
A man and two teens are behind bars after allegedly using a fake gun to rob a real gun store in El Cajon, California, Saturday afternoon.
The robbery took place at Hiram's Guns & Spirits, when one of the suspects is said to have used a replica handgun to hold a store employee at gunpoint. Two others smashed a display case and grabbed several real handguns, NBC San Diego reports.
After the suspects fled the scene in a red 1998 Chevrolet Lumina, the gun store employee called 911.
When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle on the freeway, the driver sped away and the car exited the freeway in La Mesa, a San Diego suburb a few miles west of El Cajon.
After a few quick turns, the car turned into a storage facility where the road dead-ended, according to San Diego 6.
“When officers searched the vehicle they recovered stolen handguns from the robbery, a replica handgun and masks,” El Cajon Police Lieutenant Rob Ransweiler told the Times of San Diego.
Two of the suspects are minors and were taken to a juvenile detention center. They both face felony charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Police identified the driver as Mykeon D. Menefee, 20, of El Cajon. He also faces felony charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, as well as felony evasion charges, La Mesa Patch reports.