Roseville pawn shop employee shoots at would-be burglars

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Motor City Pawn in Roseville was the spot of an attempted smash-and-grab Aug. 23, 1018.

A Roseville pawn shop was the spot of an attempted smash-and-grab burglary early Thursday morning, but the theft was stopped by an armed store employee who shot back and scared the suspects off, police said.

It was about 5:20 a.m. when a large vehicle, believed to be a pickup truck, drove into the glass windows at the front of Motor City Pawn, which is on the 26500 block of Gratiot.

Later Thursday morning, police released partial video of the smash-in. 

A pickup truck, a tan 2007 GMC four-door, pulls up past the entrance to store, then backs into it. Three men get out; one rushes ahead, two others stay back a bit. Within seconds, all three men, fleeing gunfire, pile back into the pickup, and it flees from the scene.

Police believe that two or three men were in the truck; one of them entered the store through the hole the truck created, but soon encountered an employee, who was armed and fired at two shots at the intruder. 

The suspect fled, and the truck drove off north on Gratiot. Nothing was ultimately taken from the building.

Police ask that anyone with information on the case call Det. Thomas Bender at (586) 447-4506.